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Fight For Your Parks

Development in national parks like Banff and Jasper has always been an issue, but have we finally reached the tipped point?

When a massive expansion of the Lake Louise ski hill in Canada’s Banff National Park was approved in August 2015, it was the final straw for conservationists who have long argued for keeping national parks natural—exactly as they were intended to be.

The major development in Lake Louise comes after a long list of commercial encroachments on public protected areas, including the Glacier Skywalk and a proposed new accommodation at Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park.

A diverse group of concerned Canadians, conservationists and local business owners is finally saying enough is enough.

Teaming up under the banner Fight For Your Parks, the broad collective is asking Canadians to sign the petition to stop commercial development in Banff and Jasper national parks.

Spirit Island in the majestic Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park. Image: Wikipedia.

The partners, which include former Parks Canada staff, scientists, First Nations and several conservation groups, including Y2Y, are engaging Canadians during the current federal election campaign with a renewed message: Our national parks belong to all of us, and it’s up to us to protect them for future generations.

“Every 20 years there is a frontal assault on the frameworks that control development in our national parks by those who seek to exploit them for private gain,” said Y2Y Strategic Advisor Harvey Locke. “Now, in 2015, it is our turn to stand up and Fight For Your Parks. We invite everyone to join us.”