Some experts believe the solution is to change the way Canada markets some of its best destinations: domestically, rather than internationally.
“If they come, they come. But don’t try to chase those [international] markets because those are the hardest ones to decarbonize,” said Daniel Scott, who leads the climate change program at the University of Waterloo.
Ingles has a theory: if people see Mount Robson and are moved by its beauty, as he has been, it’s possible they go home with renewed commitment to make sustainable change in their lives because they have a better understanding of the masterpieces at stake.
“There’s no way we’re going to stop people from wanting to explore. People have gone to crazy lengths to explore since the beginning of time,” he said, standing at the trailhead at dusk.
“Hopefully we can offset it, offset their experiences by educating them in the parks on what we can do to help climate change.… Hopefully, it’s an eye-opener for future generations to look at how we recreate.”