COVID-19 stopped travel and spurred Canadians to get outside or go camping instead. Some of them have left a real mess – The Star

By Douglas QuanVancouver Bureau
Alex BoydCalgary BureauSat., Aug. 29, 2020

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For avid Calgary-based hiker Sarah Kuindersma, the tempest began with a coffee cup.

In June, she set out for the Devil’s Thumb, a protuberance of rock that looms above the iconic blue waters of Lake Louise in Banff National Park. Kuindersma had heard that people were flocking to the Rocky Mountains, so she brought extra garbage bags in anticipation she’d find litter.

She was stunned by what she saw: granola bars and wrappers, masks and single-use water bottles dotted the dirt trail. She stuffed four grocery bags as she made her way up the path.

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Two new amenities coming to Harmony in Springbank – Canada.com

MYKE THOMAS Updated: August 29, 2020

Construction has started on a new residents’ amenities building in the community of Harmony, the first lake community in Springbank, just west of Calgary.

The South Beach Building will be located at the east entrance to the South Beach in the community and will be home to change rooms, washrooms, outdoor showers, guest entry kiosk and bike racks.

“The South Beach Building is the first Owners’ Association facility to be constructed in Harmony,” says Vanessa Jollimore, administrator for the Owners’ Association of Harmony. “It will be an amazing addition to the beach experience for residents and their guests next summer.”

Harmony in Springbank SUPPLIED PHOTO / POSTMEDIA FILE PHOTO

Also under construction is Harmony’s Adventure Park, which will complement the future Beach Club and will be constructed over three years. Phase one of the park is expected to be ready for the residents to use this winter.

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Sharp rise in calls to conservation officers in B.C., as pandemic pushes more people outdoors – CBC News

Complaints about fishing and hunting violations, loud campers top the list

Maryse Zeidler · CBC News · Posted: Aug 22, 2020 1:00 PM PT

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service says there has been a sharp increase in calls to its Report All Poachers and Polluters line compared to this time last year, likely because of more people heading outdoors during the pandemic. 

Chris Doyle, the deputy chief in charge of provincial operations for the B.C. Conservation Officer Service, says, since April 1, there have been about 4,500 calls to the RAPP line, compared to about 3,000-3,500 calls in past years. 

“We’ve definitely seen an increase in activity particularly in some parts of the province,” Doyle said. “There’s definitely a lot of people out there recreating.

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Mountain biking mecca being built by Man – Manitoba Free Press

Local trails designer making Manitoba a riding destination

By: Steve Lyons | Posted: 08/21/2020 7:00 PM

NEEPAWA — As I pull into the site, I see a massive hole in the ground with several bulldozers at work. I also see Alex Man standing at the far end of the dirt road. It’s the second time I’ve met up with Alex — the first time was on a bike ride near Dauphin, and now for a tour of his latest earth-moving project.

What I’ve learned between the two rides is Manitoba is seeing a significant boom in mountain bike trails being built, and Alex is the man spearheading much of that growth.

On this day, he has just returned from a meeting with Parks Canada about a project in Riding Mountain, and when I pull up he is giving a briefing to Neepawa mayor Blake McCutcheon and Economic Development Officer Marilyn Crewe on the in-progress mountain biking park in that community.

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Community Develop Fund doles out over $800,000 to 25 different projects

Organizations are grateful for cash for upgrades, including new swim equipment and kitchen spaces

First Nations, towns, and sport associations are among the organizations that will receive project funding from the Yukon government’s first and second tier of the Community Development Fund.

In total, 25 different community projects will receive a total of $815,597 from the fund. The recipients announced on Aug. 19 submitted their proposals last spring.

“The Community Development Fund is an important resource for many organizations in contributing to healthy, vibrant and sustainable Yukon communities,” said Economic Development Minister Ranj Pillai in a statement.

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Inexperienced Canadian campers leaving waste behind, and risking injury and animal conflict, warn experts – CBC Radio

Many areas lack critical infrastructure to handle high volume of tourists: Nick Frank

CBC Radio · Posted: Aug 20, 2020 3:03 PM ET

With holidays overseas on hold, Canadians are exploring the great outdoors at home, but not all of them are leaving it as great as they found it.  

“Most of the campers [behave] very well, but there is always that one per cent,” said Nick Frank, a backcountry camper and president of the Nordegg Community Association in Alberta.

“We’re seeing more garbage, we’re seeing human waste, we’re seeing animal conflicts,” he told The Current’s guest host Duncan McCue.

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Devil’s Punchbowl Trail restored after Dorian damage – CBC News

Post-tropical storm tore through the Island trail, which has since been repaired

CBC News · Posted: Aug 20, 2020 5:16 PM AT

A dedicated group of environmentalists has revived the main Devil’s Punchbowl Trail after destruction caused by post-tropical storm Dorian last September.

The storm’s winds toppled trees and tossed around limbs and branches in the park nearly a year ago.

The group behind the restoration, which is also responsible for maintaining the park, was determined to clear the debris even though they were not certain if the all trails in the park would open this year due to extent of the damage.

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A green summer: Newfoundland and Labrador youth at forefront of environmental, cultural sustainability – The Telegram

Premium contentJuanita Mercer(juanita.mercer@thetelegram.com)

Kids these days.

Just look at them:

Here’s 16-year-old Liam French tidying trails at O’Brien Farm in St. John’s, and there’s 19-year-old Willa Neilsen cleaning up the beach in North West River.

These Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador (CCNL) Green Team members have spent their summer improving the environment while conserving culturally-significant parts of their communities, and gaining valuable skills in the process.

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‘It totally defeats the purpose’: B.C. park users say day pass system not being enforced – CTV News

Maria Weisgarber
Published Tuesday, August 18, 2020 4:54PM PDTLast Updated Tuesday, August 18, 2020 7:14PM PDT

VANCOUVER — The effectiveness of a pilot project meant to manage crowds at B.C. parks is being questioned by users, who say they aren’t seeing enforcement.

Even though day passes are supposed to be required at certain parks as of late July, some say there’s nothing stopping people from coming in, with or without one.

Maple Ridge resident Shea Thomson said the last three times she’s visited Golden Ears Provincial Park, nobody has been there to check to make sure people have day passes as they drive in.

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6 hikes around Quebec to tackle this summer and fall – The Daily Hive

Tyler Jadah|Aug 18 2020, 1:43 pm6 hikes around Quebec to tackle this summer and fallParc national des Monts-Valin (SÉPAQ)

Note: While local parks, shops, and events are reopening throughout the province, Santé Quebec is reminding individuals to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. If you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. If you decide to go out, maintain the two-metre physical distancing guidelines and wear a face covering or mask when in public.


Even though Quebec has a different look and feel this summer, its everlasting beauty will always shine despite whether we’re going through a pandemic or not.

If you’re looking for a challenging trek, a trail that leads to majestic waterfalls, or hikes that are surrounded by water, there’s a circuit around Quebec waiting for you.

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