This is the ninth in my series of articles on the current status of Canada’s provincial and national parks
Alberta: Hiker rescued after fall in Waterton park
Rescuers needed a helicopter to retrieve a hiker who spent the night in the backcountry after falling down a slope in Waterton Lakes National Park, The Calgary Herald reported yesterday (August 17).
Authorities said the man was one of three hikers who encountered a cliff trying to hike out of the Lineham Basin on Saturday. His companions turned back, but the third man fell about three metres while trying to scramble over the cliff. He was rescued Sunday morning.
“He had cuts on the back of his head, his hands and one of his knees,” said Parks Canada’s Jon Stuart-Smith.
The German exchange student, who is living in Lethbridge, was released after a brief hospital stay.
Waterton National Park and Glacier National Park form the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, a World Heritage Site, which in 1932 became the first international peace park in the world.
Alberta: Park lake re-opened last weekend
Sikome Lake reopened last weekend after being closed for more than two weeks.
The popular swimming hole in Fish Creek Provincial Park was shut after a powerful storm downed trees and damaged fencing last month.
The July 27 storm damaged the man-made beach, water treatment plant, security fencing, some trails, and nearly 200 trees.
“We’ve invested approximately $100,000 in repairs to Sikome Lake and the water treatment plant since the storm,” said Camille Weleschuk, spokeswoman for Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation.
At least 40 trees needed to be removed and 150 others required pruning to rid them of dangerous branches.
All trails and day use areas in Fish Creek Provincial Park are now open except for Sikome Lake.
On a hot day, 15,000 to 20,000 people use the lake.
Saskatchewan: Parks cottage owners see fee change
People who own cottages at Saskatchewan’s provincial parks may be shelling out more cash now that a new land lease fee structure has been set by the government, reported News Talk 650, Saskatoon.
The new structure is based on the value of the land.
Kathie McFarland, a park business specialist with the Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport, said land values have tripled over the past four years across the province.
“It’s no secret that in Saskatchewan, recreational properties are hot items. People have a great interest in locating in an area that’s natural, especially if there’s any access to water,” said McFarland. “People want cottages in this province and land values reflect that.”
Sixty-eight per cent of cottage owners will either see a decrease in their lease fee or modest annual fee increases. The other 32 per cent will see their lease fees increase by $300 or more a year.
Nova Scotia: Coyote attacks girl camping at national park
A teenaged girl was attacked by a coyote while sleeping at a campground in Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Highlands National Park early Monday (August 9), Parks Canada says.
Cape Breton RCMP said a 911 call was received around 4:30 a.m. and was attended to by Parks Canada, reported CBC.
The girl suffered two bite wounds to her scalp. She was treated at a nearby hospital and released later in the morning.
“It’s difficult for us to say exactly what happened. It doesn’t appear that the bite was provoked by anything the person did,” said Derek Quann, resource conservation manager with Parks Canada. “It’s important to mention that she was in a sleeping bag outside of her tent, close to the tent, when this occurred.”
There are an estimated 8,000 coyotes in Nova Scotia. Provincial officials say as many as 4,000 could be killed by next spring.
Manitoba: Park closes after weekend flooding
A provincial park on the eastern shores of Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba has been closed due to rising water levels and people who live there are being forced to use ATVs and wear hip waders to get around.
Strong weekend winds created powerful waves that pushed over the shoreline in Patricia Beach Provincial Park, flooding the beach and surrounding grounds, officials said.
But culverts meant to funnel water away from people’s homes were not working properly after an unknown person tampered with them, said Jim Stinson, the emergency co-ordinator for the Rural Municipality of St. Clements.
He estimated that the cleanup efforts will cost the municipality thousands of dollars. A large industrial pump is being brought in from Winnipeg about 70km/42 miles to the south, Stinson said.
Homeowners in the park said they haven’t seen such high water levels in more than 30 years.
Provincial officials have not provided an estimate of how long the park might remain closed.
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