UPDATE: The concern below, originally posted July 5th, 2006, has been one of the most popular posts on this blog. Seems it strikes a sore point.
Over 2 months after my original complaint via the Parks Canada Listens page I finally heard back from them. With another survey on bears. No response to my original complaint.
Seems Parks Canada did not listen.
This time I will send the updated complaint to these email addresses:
And let you know if I get any official response to the original complaint.
Parks Canada is a government, bureaucratic monopoly with no real pressure to respond to customer (taxpayer) concerns. Don’t hold your breath.
July 5th, 2006
My buddy George just purchased his annual National Parks vehicle passes for both countries:
Canada = US$111.35 (C$123.80)
USA = US$50
OK. So why is Canada over twice as expensive? Ah â€” here’s the rationale on the Parks Canada website.
I don’t buy it.
I have visited National Parks in both countries for decades and I prefer the American Parks. Regulations are much more reasonable in the States though the amenities are arguably better north of the border.
Once in the Parks, user fees are higher & more numerous in Canada, as well.
At these rates I feel the Canadian National Parks are starting to drive away visitors. Contrary to the objectives of the Park system.
I sent my concerns to Parks Canada at their join.parkslistens.ca website.
If you are deciding between Canada and the USA for your next hiking vacation â€” and cost is an important factor â€” we recommend the States.