Is The Wilderness Still Wild?
While 'roughing it' in a National Park designated camp spot doesn't really count as a true off-the-grid wilderness camping experience, it's better than nothing. However, Parks Canada wishes to - for lack of better words - 'technologically enhance' our camping experiences by adding WiFi hotspots in many campsites and outdoor recreational areas.
These areas have, until now, allowed visitors to disconnect from their mobiles phones, social media networks and e-mails. While we understand that work is important, shutting off away from it all is equally important. Will these hotspots draw more people to the outdoors? Maybe. But will they be experiencing the outdoors 'correctly'? Maybe not. Sitting in a tent watching Netflix doesn't really count. At least to us. There's nothing like waking up after a great evening campfire to the sound of someones cell phone going off - unfortunately, for many campers this is soon to be a reality. The Canada Parks agency plans on "25 to 50 hotspots at key national parks and historic sites this year. That will grow to 100 hot spots in even more locations over the next couple of years."
To us it sounds like a good excuse to pave paradise and spoil one of the last true ways to find peace and solitude away from the 'real world'. The solution? Get a good truck, learn some essential survival skills and venture into the real outdoors. Here we can guarantee you will find likeminded individuals and (for now) an unpaved paradise.