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User fees set to rise at national parks

Monday, January 14, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

PARKS CANADA

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Parks Canada consults Canadians on user fees

GATINEA, QC (January 11, 2013) – Parks Canada today launched public consultations on proposed fee adjustments which will end the five-year Parks Canada fee freeze currently in place.

The revenue that is earned from user fees directly supports the quality services that visitors enjoy at national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas.

“I invite Canadians to visit the Parks Canada website to have a look at our fee proposals,” said Alan Latourelle, chief executive officer for Parks Canada. “I believe that what we have proposed is a very reasonable approach to ensuring services and programs for visitors remain economically viable and of the high quality visitors expect, and that Canadians continue to have memorable and meaningful experiences when they visit their treasured places.”

Parks Canada is proposing that future fee adjustments be in accordance with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in order to respond to annual inflationary operational costs. Most fees will be limited to an adjustment not exceeding the two-year cumulative percentage of the average CPI. This would occur in two-year intervals thereafter, beginning in 2013.

At some Parks Canada places, new fees are being proposed for new services and other fee adjustments may occur for unique location-specific services to ensure they can be delivered in the future.

While there will be some moderate fee adjustments, other fees may be reduced according to the level of service.

To support Canadians and tourism businesses during a difficult economic period, Parks Canada fees have been frozen at 2008 levels until March 31, 2013.

For visitors, the fee freeze will end after any proposed fees have been tabled in Parliament following public consultation.

The fee freeze will extend 18 months after the fee consultation processes are complete for commercial operators.

Parks Canada has over 3,300 fees for diverse services such as park and site entry, camping, interpretive programs, boat lockage, facility rentals, etc.

These revenues are invested in the sites to help pay for the range of quality services and facilities that visitors use and enjoy.

The expense of providing services to visitors continues to increase as a result of higher energy and other operational costs.

Parks Canada works to ensure Canada’s historic and natural heritage is protected and, through a network of 44 national parks, 167 national historic sites, and four national marine conservation areas, invites Canadians and people around the world to engage in personal moments of inspiring discovery at our country’s treasured natural and historic places.

For additional information, please see the accompanying backgrounder under Medai Room.

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Prrrrrrr 1/14/2013 5:27:39 PM Report

...there you have the rest of the story, that folks is how you keep parks open!
rcamp211 1/14/2013 6:18:21 PM Report

way over priced,thats why i camp at private/family owned campgrounds.
Alystr 1/14/2013 9:09:34 PM Report

Parks Canada is retarded.. The rate of people going to parks is now ridiculously low because the prices are stupid. I paid $20 bucks to sit on a beach for 2 hours lol.. Lower the damn fees and watch the people show up.. What happened to this country? Money Money Money Cha Ching Money Money...blahh
recvid 1/14/2013 11:05:51 PM Report

if you are going elsewhere it is a bit of a charge, but in algoma, the only thing going up is the veiwing telescope at the locks, that is part of Parks Canada.......nothing else in the area, unless i'm wrong. i would rather pay a small fee to have every second rest stop open year round in the north so my kids can go for a pee like the States when i travel!!
rcamp211 1/15/2013 7:36:04 AM Report

"every second rest stop open year round in the north so my kids can go for a pee" we have rest stops in the north they are called snow plow turn around.
j.r.98 1/15/2013 8:34:11 AM Report

First time i ever stayed in a campground was this past summer and i decided on the one just north of Elliott Lake (Mississagi) because i was told by park officials that the river and lakes was perfect for kayaking . The river was dry and access was closed. Everything went wrong straight away. The info was wrong and the firewood we bought from them was so wet it would not burn.( you cannot gather anything from the forest floor) The service was terrible to say the least. We found no one at the gate after 3 p.m. and had to go to the bunkers where the employees were staying and were told to return to our campsite and someone would come see us. No one did.
We found out only after setting up camp that the water was not safe to drink. $32.50 per night. next time i will go farther north where i get all the same amenities for free
sooguy8 1/16/2013 10:07:31 AM Report

Increasing fees at these parks will ultimately reduce the number of users. It is unfortunate that it also means that families who cannot afford a cottage will also no longer be able to afford to spend summers with their children at these camp grounds. I thought that families were important to the fabric of Canadian society. If parents can't afford to utilize these camp grounds were and what will the kids be doing during the summer months while schools are out. I suspect that they will be in the cities with too much time on their hands and getting into trouble and god knows what else.
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