Ever seen this photo?
That’s Lake Louise, a stunning lake situated in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. Being a national park, Banff is a federally protected area. Due to this, Banff has a few ground rules set out to preserve the area and protect flora and fauna. These rules are critical for the conservation efforts of this park. The one rule that most tourists can’t seem to grasp is to not approach or feed the animals.
Seriously, don’t do it.
Every year, there are 4 million visitors from around the world that visit the park. Being a local, I visit often and I never understand the blatant disregard for the rules. If you’re a tourist to any country, you need to be extra considerate in regards to your actions, and this applies especially in a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Parks Canada posts signs all over the place notifying visitors to never approach or feed the wildlife, yet it occurs on a daily basis. Tourists in their cars will pull over to the side of the highway to take photos of the protected wildlife.