The other day I shared the video of Joffre Lakes parking chaos. The local trails and parks around Vancouver are getting crazy busy (or at least seem to be). Personally I have felt the trails around Vancouver (and Vancouver Island before that, getting real busy).
I have always chalked it up to the fact that hiking has gotten trendy. Hiking around BC’s forests, mountains and beaches is a fun, healthy, and cheap adventure. People are aware of their activity levels and with everything being so expensive during a time of stagnant wages….skipping the pub for a hike makes sense!
The CBC asks if maybe the problem is social media!
The article quotes Steve Hui, a hiking columnist; “It’s has definitely made people want to get these picture-perfect shots of themselves, the perfect selfie in some epic scene with a waterfall or a mountain behind you, a rainbow … and it seems like so many people are doing this just to get those shots.
“And it’s leading a lot of people who weren’t maybe hikers to do these one-off, infrequent hikes. I think it’s also driving a lot of people to converge there, just because they want to get those same, perfect poses with yoga poses and tents set up.”
I imagine there is some truth to this. But is it a bad thing that someone felt inspired by seeing a picture on social media to leave their couch and hit the trail? I feel like the tone of this article takes on an elitist vibe. I am a “real hiker” and these social media flip-flop wearers are not. People like parks. Being active in nature is good for everyone. Build capacity and add more parks!
We all deserve an opportunity to leave the city to enjoy nature. Our parks need to be able to meet that demand.