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Blame the millennials.
Canada is a very big country, and it has become very urban. And for young people from cities, things are different," [Parks Canada official] Francois Duclos said. He noted that some people were also required to stay in constant contact with their workplaces, even while whale-watching or on a break from hiking.But maybe don’t head out to Banff, Jasper, or Pacific Rim with the intent of tossing every iPad you see into a river just yet. Parks Canada officials plan to keep wi-fi limited to populated areas of the park like visitor centers – both to preserve the truly wild areas and to help visitors access weather forecasts, rent equipment, and check the map just before departing into the wilder sections.
"We are introducing new media, habits, and tools, but are doing it in a way that will leave the wilderness unimpaired," Duclos said. "When you picture a mountain range, blue lakes, whitewater rivers, and spruce forests, this is not where Wi-Fi will be found."Still, their park service isn’t ignorant of the promotional power of social media, and they’re hoping our growing urge to share our wild experiences will act as another form of outreach.