In a couple of weeks we'll be heading to Atlantic Canada, God willing, and if our itinerary goes as planned we'll spend some time in Fundy National Park. Over the years we've visited roughly a dozen national parks including Gros Morne and Terra Nova in Newfoundland, Keji and Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, Forillon in Quebec, Pukaskwa in Ontario and several in the West, including Pacific Rim.
All of them have been remarkably beautiful, including Fundy, where we have camped several times. While my art history background has taken us to a number of famous European and North America churches, our parks are cathedrals of Creation, and places where we experience the grandeur of God.
I've taken a quick read through the recently released report Protecting Canada's National Parks: A Call for Renewed Commitment to Nature Conservation prepared by CPAWS, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. On the website CPAWS states that "Our vision is to keep at least half of Canada's public land and water wild — forever. We focus on protecting large, connected areas of Canada's wilderness"
The writers express concern that our national parks are becoming tourist venues with encroaching development. This emphasis on commercializing our parks rather than sustaining diverse habitats appears to be based on the desire to generate revenue.