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Old 12-13-2016, 09:17 PM   #1
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Visiting Canada 2017-150 year anniversary of national parks

Hello everyone,

We are thinking about a visit to Canada this coming spring and summer. My concern is with the anniversary of the National Park system and free entrance will the parks be crazy busy? We are think of visiting the Canadian Rocky area and western Canada.

We do not have to visit in 2017 and can put it off for another year. I would love to hear any thoughts on this. Do you think this coming season will be much busier than normal or no big deal?

Thanks for your input,

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Old 12-13-2016, 09:25 PM   #2
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Apparently the National Parks website has been overwhelmed
with requests for passes.
I know the town of Banff and Jasper have been concerned about where to park everyone.

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Old 12-14-2016, 10:32 AM   #3
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You'd better get reservations now. Yes, I believe it will be very busy.... anytime there's a freebie involved folks go crazy.
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Old 12-15-2016, 08:17 AM   #4
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... Do you think this coming season will be much busier than normal or no big deal? ...
The Canadian National Parks will be crazy busy this coming summer. Free always get lots of participation.
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I was thinking the same thing.....think I'll wait until 2018.
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Old 12-18-2016, 01:35 PM   #6
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If you have a plan and a schedule you can try to book ahead on their system. It opens in January for bookings. I'm sure it will be busy as it is during a normal year. I would think that the spill over will affect some spots nearby also.

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Old 12-26-2016, 09:37 PM   #7
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Not sure exactly when you plan to come up this way, but I would suggest hitting your popular parks in the Rockies around May 1st and definitely before mid May. The May long weekend is always on the third Monday(weekend) and it's regarded as the kickoff for our summer activities, and hence the highways really start getting busy. If you can manage that time window you should be competing with mostly fellow US travelers(the snow birds would've been back already) and a few retired Canadians. If you are still in southern BC during the summer, be warned it gets darn hot here in the July/August with temps in the 90-100F so a air conditioner will come in handy
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National Park concerns

The park wardens and naturalists are voicing great concerns about crowd control and wild life being harassed etc.They clearly state there is a huge lack of staff to adequately protect the parks and animals.They are trying to divert people from the Banff and Jasper parks to less used ones.They have listed Grasslands Park as a secondary one.We visited Grasslands last year and can tell you it simply cannot handle many.The camp grounds in the west block are only a hand full and the onlt road through the park is a single lane gravel road.The Park is beautiful and should be seen however how to accomadate a crowd is a mystery to me.Val Marie the closest town campsite while nice is primitive and just a few also.I would suggest early in the season or very late as times to visit.Enjoy.

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