BC Parks is asking for public input on a strategy to control the number of hikers that can hike the popular trail in the summer. The Federation is concerned since this is the first proposed implementation of a day-use reservation system after the the pilot-project last summer. We think that BC Parks is proposing to allow too many people to hike this trail, but the strategy document is not clear what the proposed strategy is or why they are considering it.
We are also concerned that this trail is a huge drain on the limited funding for BC Parks. BC Parks has indicated that they don’t plan to charge for access to the trail but don’t indicate how they will pay for the staff required to enforce the reservation system.
Please review the information at the government website and the FMCBC detailed concerns below and fill out the BC Parks questionnaire by April 4th.
The following sections follow the order in the government strategy document.
Having the Joffre Lakes area closed in 2020 and the most popular hikes close to Vancouver with visitor limits put huge pressures on other hiking locations in the Sea to Sky area. We are concerned about over-use at several other locations that have resulted in negative environmental impacts. The FMCBC has prepared a proposal for a new Trail User Experience Improvement Program to improve and manage the hiking trails in the South Coast Region (especially the Lower Mainland (North Shore), Sea to Sky and Pemberton areas). We also need more funding and a strategy to deal with hiking trails outside of BC Parks. Recreation Sites and Trails BC is so underfunded. Rohr Lake and Semaphore Lakes are just two examples of locations with major issues.