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e-551 (National parks)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Christina Vietinghoff from New Maryland, New Brunswick, on September 7, 2016, at 8:38 a.m. (EDT)
keywords
Bicycles and cyclists
Camping
Ecotourism
National, provincial and territorial parks and reserves
Government Response Tabled

Petition to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Whereas:
  • 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.
Burnaby South
NDP
British Columbia
Petition presented to the House of Commons on February 7, 2017 (Petition No. 421-01117)
Government response tabled on March 20, 2017 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-02)
Open for signature : September 7, 2016, at 8:38 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : January 5, 2017, at 8:38 a.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
59
British Columbia
216
Manitoba
29
New Brunswick
14
Newfoundland and Labrador
6
Nova Scotia
37
Ontario
325
Prince Edward Island
5
Quebec
139
Saskatchewan
21
Yukon
7
Other Countries
7
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