Let’s get busy on fix­ing wa­ter­falls

RE: Wa­ter­falls safety

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

I had the oc­ca­sion to visit Maligne Canyon in Jasper Na­tional Park two years ago. There were park­ing fa­cil­i­ties for cars and tour buses, wash­rooms and paved paths for both wheel­chair and able vis­i­tors. Lots of fenc­ing, but most were hip height so a de­ter­rent and a warn­ing but not an ob­sta­cle or chal­lenge to be over­come (and Face­booked). Ev­ery view you could want was ac­com­mo­dated with a proper path and plat­form, both along the edges and down in the canyons — in short, what I en­vi­sion for the wa­ter­falls and canyons of Hamil­ton.

A rea­son­able cost-re­cov­ery fee was charged for these ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties. Let’s get to work mak­ing our great city a tourist mag­net with ac­com­mo­da­tion for the able and dis­abled — and sure, charge any oc­ca­sional res­cued ya­hoo the full price. You can’t put wilder­ness back where peo­ple ex­ist, so let’s make the best of our beau­ti­ful ge­o­graphic fea­tures and com­pro­mise for all to ben­e­fit — at lit­tle cost to the tax­payer. Neal Bon­nor, Dun­das

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