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LETTER: Parks Canada reducing sightseeing opportunities for some people

Editor: I read Parks Canada will be introducing new cycling opportunities in Banff National Park. It could just as easily read "Parks Canada removes sightseeing Opportunities."
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Editor:

I read Parks Canada will be introducing new cycling opportunities in Banff National Park. It could just as easily read "Parks Canada removes sightseeing opportunities."

While I personally support these moves by Parks Canada, it isn't without removing opportunities for many people unable to ride a bike those distances, or who did not bring a bike during their visit.

It wasn't that long ago the Bow Valley Trail received a facelift of a new realignment, pull-offs and excellent interpretive signage designed to encourage drivers to slow down and smell the roses while leaving the busy Trans-Canada Highway to truckers and through traffic.

With closures of the Buffalo Paddock road, the 1A Highway from Lake Louise to the Great Divide, Sundance Canyon Road and now these restrictions, we have reduced sightseeing opportunities.

For many seniors and families, an iconic stroll on the Johnston Canyon walkway will no longer be possible. While I personally benefit from these changes, it is not without sacrifice and some sensitivity is due to the sizeable portion of Canadians and visitors – dismissed as "rubbernecking tourists" that will lose their "opportunities."

Andrew Whittick,

Canmore