Booze ban in parks a success: wardens
Published Saturday, May 22, 2010 7:31PM PDT
Wardens at Alberta's Banff National Park say the camp is nearly at capacity this Victoria Day long weekend despite a recently imposed liquor ban, and they haven't had a single noise complaint.
The weekend marks the first time Parks Canada has prohibited alcohol in the park, and coordinator Heidi Perren says it a great success so far.
"We've had a great turnout here considering it's a little bit chilly," Perren said.
"It's not too bad if you dress for it, and our full hook-up section on the RV side is totally full."
Booze was also banned at two national parks in British Columbia: Yoho and Kootenay. Perren says the ban will continue throughout the summer, but only on long weekends.
Doug Selders is camping with his four children this weekend, and welcomes the ban.
"My camping mates don't really drink much, so it's all right," he joked. "It keeps it quiet I guess, and it's good family camping."
Steve Milton, who is camping with his brothers from Sherwood Park, agrees. Milton recalled an experience with out-of-control campers in Jasper National Park who were set up right next to his site.
"We got all the blame for them making the disturbance, it wasn't nice at all." he said.
The rules began on Friday at 7 a.m. and will end on Monday at 12 noon.
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Kari Eyles