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Parks Canada Implements Liquor Bans

In a recently released policy statement, Parks Canada has announced sweeping changes to its policies surrounding alcohol consumption in the national park campgrounds.


Parks Canada stated that in order to ensure everyone has a great camping experience this summer it would implement the following policy changes:

May 3 to October 31, 2010

Campfires and the consumption of alcohol will be prohibited during quiet hours from 11:00 pm to 7:00 am in the following national park campgrounds:

Tunnel Mountain Village I Campground
Tunnel Mountain Village II Campground
Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court Campground
Two Jack Main Campground
Two Jack Lakeside Campground
Johnson Canyon Campground
Castle Mountain Campground

A Liquor ban has also been implemented for the following frontcountry campgrounds:

Victoria Day long weekend, May 21, 2010 from 7 am to May 24, 2010 at 12:00 noon:

Banff National Park

Tunnel Mountain Village I Campground
Tunnel Mountain Village II Campground
Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court Campground
Two Jack Main Campground
Two Jack Lakeside Campground
Lake Louise Campground
Mosquito Creek Campground

Yoho National Park

Kickinghorse Campground

Kootenay National Park

Redstreak Campground

And finally, on the following long weekends a complete liquor ban has been implemented at the campgrounds listed below:

Canada Day long weekend, from 7:00 am June 30, 2010 to 12:00 noon on July 5, 2010

Heritage Day long weekend, from 7:00 am July 30,2010 to 12:00 noon on August 2, 2010

Labour Day long weekend, September 3, 2010 from 7:00 am to 12:00 noon on Monday September 6, 2010

Tunnel Mountain Village I Campground
Tunnel Mountain Village II Campground
Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court Campground
Two Jack Main Campground
Two Jack Lakeside Campground
Johnson Canyon Campground
Castle Mountain Campground
Protection Mountain Campground

Parks Canada said the consequences for violating the liquor ban and fire ban can include the seizure of alcohol, camping permit cancellations, evictions or charges laid under national park or provincial regulations.

At the moment there are no plans to expand the May long weekend liquor ban announced last month at several provincial campgrounds says a Alberta government spokesperson.

So what do you think? Are these measures appropriate? Do they go far enough? Are they too harsh. Let our other readers know how you feel by posting a comment below.