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Thursday, 09 June 2011 11:34

Parks personnel report a quiet May long weekend

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By Susan Quinlan
Southern Alberta
Past history did not repeat itself this past May long weekend, as Tourism, Parks and Recreation have reported no major incidents of misbehaviour in the Rockies or Porcupine Hills.

Given the fire ban and torrential rains, camp sites were at best sparsely populated by those willing to weather the rain and make the most of a soggy three days off.

“The Pincher Creek district had a very quiet, uneventful weekend. The weather was cold and rainy,” said Susan Johnson, communications spokesperson for Tourism, Parks and Recreation.

The weather resulted in a number of forestry sites as well remaining closed, said Johnson, as they were still covered in snow.

Conservation officers were out working alongside forest service and Fish and Wildlife personnel, to support the provincial fire ban. They said it was probably the quietest May long weekend they’d seen in the last 20 years, compliance and visitor-wise.

Johnson said most of the campgrounds were empty in the south, although about half the sites at the Beauvais Lake campground were filled.

Campgrounds in and around Lethbridge as well were quiet, said Johnson, likely due to the cool, rainy weather.

“Most had low to medium capacity, although Park Lake was full.”

Johnson said staff fielded a lot of queries from the public regarding the fire ban.

“Overall, people were understanding, considering the high number of fires that were out of control up north.”

If planning a trip this summer, Johnson suggested campers visit to

get up-to-date information on the status of the area residents intend to camp.

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