National Parks: The Pressures of Development

by Cped101 on Novembre 28, 2016 - 2:37pm

National Parks: The Pressures of Development

This is a very interesting and informative broadcast by CBC News. It focuses on the pressure’s that National Parks, particularly in Canada, are facing from development. The Canadian iconic national parks are known globally for their pristine and untouched environment (CBC News, 2016), characteristics that are very appealing to both native travelers and those who have traveled from abroad. However, Canada’s national parks are facing the stressors of an on-going battle with commercial operators (CBC News, 2016). Ultimately, commercial operators believe that the parks need more development, such as tourist’s attractions, to gain higher rates in tourists. However, this plan for development goes against exactly what a national park should be. As conservationist, Harvey Lonk explained in his interview with CBC, “the idea that national parks are here to serve commercial operators is wrong. They are here to serve nature, people, and those who want to experience nature” (CBC News, 2016). This is the same idea that Park’s Canada stands by; they want to enable more Canadians to experience the outdoors and to learn about the environment (CBC News, 2016). Some of the projected development plans include a bicycle path between Banff and Jasper; an area that goes straight grizzly bear and caribou habitats, the construction of 15 tent cabins on the unspoiled shores of Maligne Lake in Jasper park, and an expansion of the Lake Louise Ski resort; an area that is surrounded by protected habitats (CBC News, 2016). Evidently, there are a lot of potential plans of development pending in the future. To grasp a perspective on both the environmental and developmental concerns, Canada’s environment minister has created a round table to gain feedback to better understand each scenario and potential impacts that may occur (CBC News, 2016). An interesting component of the broadcast was hearing the feedback from travelers. They felt there needed to be a balance between preservation and development (CBC News, 2016). Many of them explained that development is needed but where do we draw the line (CBC News, 2016)?

In my opinion, I think it is important to gain feedback from the visitors. They are the ones visiting the park, their opinions should be valued. I agree that development is needed to an extent. I do feel that there needs to be a new management plan in regards to attracting more visits in a way that does not promote more development. Park’s Canada has invested in programs that promote educational activities on environmental awareness. For example, Learn to Camp is a program for New Canadians to learn about camping, basic survival skills, the importance of environmental preservation and to enjoy the natural beauty of the national parks (Parks Canada: Learn to Camp, 2016). This is an excellent method to promote ecological awareness for visitors. There are also a variety of youth programs that encourage children to embrace nature through fun activities outside (Parks Canada: Youth Programs, 2016). Perhaps if more people had the opportunity to have an individualized experience with nature at a younger age than maybe we would not be facing these issues on development.


Work Cited

Parks Canada. (2016). Learn-to Camp Experiences with Parks Canada and MEC. Retrieved from

The National, CBC News. (2016). National parks pressure. Retrieved from