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Sunshine Village Access Road Public Safety Issues - Banff National Park

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Published on Mar 6, 2013

March 02, 2013 - Parking congestion on the Sunshine Access Road in the Healy Creek Valley of Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Sunshine Village Ski & Snowboard Resort uses the public road to park customer vehicles. Coaches, cars, trucks, semi-truck and trailer units and emergency vehicles use this road to access the ski area. The ski resorts customers are dropped off at designated "zones" and are left to find their way to their vehicles while sharing the narrow winding road with the traffic - often on blind corners with obstructed visibility and insufficient safe room for two-way traffic plus pedestrians.

Sunshine Village's lawyer had the following to say about the Sunshine access road public safety and environment issues previously raised by Sunshine Village Watch:
"The information contained in the [SunshineVillageWatch.com] articles states or implies that Sunshine is encouraging or conducting chaotic, unsafe and environment-harming activity on the access road to the parking lot to its Ski Resort. It states or implies that Sunshine is discarding trash and waste along the access road. These statements, express or implied, are untrue, as Sunshine has not converted the access road into a parking lot and is not parking cars or conducting any activity but rather works with Parks Canada to improve safe parking on the access road. Sunshine does not promote its customers to park on any lands other than those leased by it, however, it does not have the ability or responsibility to control where its customers ultimately decide to park their vehicles. Sunshine is dedicated to environmental stewardship, which includes retrieval of waste. It cannot control or monitor others' discarding of waste on the access road." ~Field Law, Calgary (July 11, 2012)

The road is also intended to provide access to national park back-country areas and the Healy Creek trail but there is no parking available for those park users if Sunshine Village wants it. Even the Healy Creek trailhead parking gets taken up by the Sunshine Village parking overflow - 8km from the ski area base facilities.

This is what passes for public safety, road safety, environmental leadership and a world-class" "visitor experience" in Canada's Banff National Park.

Sunshine Village says it only happens a few days a year during peak periods. These pictures were taken on a mid-season weekend in early March.

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