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Fines for noisy campers at Tunnel

A number of tourists have been fined for making too much noise late at night and contravening other regulations in the national park.

A number of tourists have been fined for making too much noise late at night and contravening other regulations in the national park.

Lauren Morgan and Jordan McConnell each pleaded guilty in front of Judge Marlene Graham in Canmore Provincial Court to breaching the national parks act this past July.

Federal Crown prosecutor Anita Szabo recommended a high fine for Morgan as there were a number of individuals involved.

She said Morgan and her group of campers at Tunnel Mountain Village Campground were found by wardens to be consuming alcohol during the August long weekend when a liquor ban was in place.

“They admitted the presence and consumption of alcohol on site despite full knowledge of a liquor ban,” Szabo said, adding they came to the attention of wardens because of excessive noise.

Morgan was fined $275 while McConnell faced three counts related to excessive noise, having a campfire and consuming alcohol after 11 p.m. when both are prohibited, on July 16 shortly after midnight.

“When park wardens arrived at the campground they noticed immediately there was a campfire lit, individuals were consuming alcohol and causing excessive noise,” Szabo said.

She added the campers received a warning to begin with and when wardens were called again at 1:45 a.m. they were charged with the offences. Graham fined the campers $750 total.


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