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e-551 (National parks)

Initiated by Christina Vietinghoff from New Maryland, New Brunswick

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

  • Canada should promote hiking and biking as a means of travel because of the health benefits and the reduced environmental impact relative to other forms of transportation;
  • The mandate letter of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change commits to promoting ecotourism industries and reducing Canada’s emissions;
  • Cycle tourism is an increasingly lucrative global industry and Canada’s tourism industry could benefit greatly from an increase in cycle tourists;
  • Current fee structures for camping at national parks may be prohibitive for some cycle tourists leading them to camp illegally without paying or choose another country to travel;
  • Other jurisdictions like the states of California and Oregon have created “hiker-biker sites” at state parks which consist of a campsite set aside for people arriving by bike or backpackers arriving by foot that do not require advance booking and cost only a small fee.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to create hiker-biker sites at all national parks and encourage the provinces to implement hiker-biker sites at all provincial parks.
Government response tabled on March 20, 2017 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-61-02)
Open for signature
September 7, 2016, at 8:38 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
January 5, 2017, at 8:38 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Kennedy Stewart (Burnaby South)
February 7, 2017 (Petition No. 421-01117)
Government response tabled
March 20, 2017
Photo - Kennedy Stewart
Burnaby South
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia
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