On the evening of July 12, I walked around Quarry Lake and this what I saw:
- The sign reminding everyone of physical distancing was tossed aside;
- Paper plates floating in the water;
- A Ziploc bag bobbing in the shallow water;
- A plastic food container floating in the lake;
- Dozens of plastic spoons scattered;
- A full serving of some cooked food left under one table covered up by paper napkin;
- Barbecue coals dumped under two of the tables at the main picnic area;
- Remnants of a small wood burning fire at the east end picnic area;
- A cooler bag tossed next to the garbage bin;
- Garbage bins overstuffed, garbage bags and drink containers next to them;
- Several beer bottles under a table;
- Dozens of paper towels blown up to the grassy area behind the main picnic area;
- Sections of toilet paper blown around the washroom (people use them to dry their hands and then drop them);
- Two distinct foot paths leading into the wooded area at the east end of the lake for those who are lazy enough to visit the washroom.
I may be just another local who is fed up with visitors who abuse our beloved lake, the "Crown Jewel of Canmore."
However, I also want to be the voice of stewardship, respect and protection of our immediate surroundings.
If we claim that the lake is the jewel of our community we need to do something to protect it. I would like to add to the conversation the issue of respect.
Based on the conditions at the lake area day after day, week after week, I sense a total lack of consideration and respect for others and our surroundings.
Visitors to Quarry Lake need to be reminded of the existing bylaws; these laws need to be enforced.
On Oct. 1, 2019 Mayor Borrowman read the declaration of the State of Climate Emergency. I challenge the Town of Canmore to view the on-going over-use/abuse of Quarry Lake as a tiny part of that crisis; a crisis at the local level.
Think globally, act locally.