Today I begin to study canadian parks, particularly the canadian park of Jasper, not so far from Calgary.
What there will be to study, you would think! They are parks and mountain, we always go to the mountains, we should know enough about it.
Well, yes. Except that we will be in another continent, with different rules and, most of all, a lot whole of animals and wildlife we are not used to.
Bears, moose, cougars, wolves, deers and so on…sligthly more populated than our mountains.
Ok, granted that, I go and search the website of the natural parks in Alberta, where we are supposed to be during the first days of our canadian stay together with a friend. At the beginning we were thinking of our usual camping, with our loyal tent, but a certain number of advices and prohibitions are beginning to make me think that we will have to plan something else; for sure our usual free and wild camping will not be an option.
So, I have to repost some extracts of the canadian guide, comic at first, but surely not to underestimate:
“Driving: statistically, it’s the most dangerous activity in the park.”
…this sentence open the page, such a good start! It goes on with some general warnings, mostly addressed to the common city person who goes to the mountain with t-shirt and flip-flops, I go on reading…
“If you are approached by a PREDATOR:
If you are approached by a cougar, wolf or coyote, send a clear message that you are NOT potential prey.”
Really interesting, mostly if we consider the next phrase:
“…to a carnivore, your PET may look appetizing.”
The following is an interesting story of a driver who has stopped to take some picture of an elk, happens to take the picture of another visitore, way more unwary, who decided to get more closer to the elk, triggering the calm elk towards his bright red car: