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January 13, 2014
My apologies for not being K-Country related. But as a backcountry user, this drive me right up the wall. What does everyone else think of the proposed wifi installation in our national parks? I tried to post the link to the video from cbc and msn couldn't get it to work. Does it only apply to established drive to campgrounds ( I would think)? Personally, I think it is completely ridiculous that people have become so attached to technology that even on weekends or holidays they have to be connected with work or social networking etc. The video said some 80 percent of the people that visit the parks don't go more than five minutes away from their car which I believe is a fairly accurate statement. Isn't the whole point of camping, hiking etc. to escape the hustle and bustle of our busy everyday lives? People need to be able to decompress, de-stress, forget about the troubles of life, simplify things and just enjoy nature. Fortunately the places I frequent are those without a lot of people and the few I do see are there for the same reasons I am. The last thing I want to hear is someone in the next tent playing some game on their cell phone being that they will be able to connect to the internet when I am trying to sleep. I admit, I do carry my cell phone in my pack, but I keep it turned off. Not only because there is no reception where I go ( thankfully), but also because even in the extremely remote event it picked up a rare signal, I don't want to hear that I have a message, email, text or whatever. My family knows not to disturb me when I am out there as they know where I will be and when I expect to return, so no point in even having the phone turned on. I see the point that parks is trying to make, they are seeing a decline in young people visiting the parks. While this may or may not be true. Personally, I find it hard to believe when Banff alone sees over 4 million visitors a year. Getting an increase in young people to the park is pointless if they all they are going to do is sit around the fire and play on their phones, as they would be missing out on what it truly means to be there. If wifi is being installed in the national parks, then people have lost the value of escaping the everyday, more importantly they would have lost the true meaning of the appreciation of nature and understanding the importance of its preservation and conservation. Which is sad to see. If you have to be connected all the time, you might as well stay home and leave the people who are out there trying to get away from it all alone. That is my two cents. My apologies for the rant.
January 13, 2014
In a news ad that came out today, it appears that there will be access at visitor centers and front country campgrounds as I suspected. No backcountry.
Wifi points in Kananaskis parks (or any park) should be removed everywhere except at entrance points. In fact, use of front country campgrounds does not need any more encouragement. It should be DIScouraged, NOT encouraged, to allow some natural selection of visitors. There is enough campsite demand already that cannot be met. It has become impossible to go front country camping within a few weeks of deciding so: all campgrounds are jammed full. Internet registration has made things worse, not better, to get a campsite first come first serve. Do NOT make camping more attractive. Make it LESS attractive, to allow those who truly enjoy the natural world to enjoy a bit LESS competition.
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