Is a little Wi-Fi in our parks really so bad?

Seriously, wouldn't you want to tweet this? (Parks Canada

Seriously, wouldn’t you want to tweet this? (Parks Canada photo)

SATURDAY MORNING EDITORIAL — The very thought of injecting Wi-Fi into the serenity of Canada’s parks is making some people positively apoplectic. The radio hotline shows have been burning with indignation all week.

Oh, the solitude.

Parks Canada wants to install wireless Internet in a bunch of parks. To listen to the media response, one would think they were going to be blasting Country Western music from speakers on every tree.

In fact, it won’t change anything about the peace and quiet of wilderness parks. Oh, sure, it might be annoying when you’re sitting around the campfire singing Kumbaya and the teenagers are busily texting, but that’s about as far as it will go.

It’s too late to turn this boat anyway — Ontario and Manitoba have already been experimenting with it and so far nobody’s come screaming out of their parks begging a ride back to town.

Look, if some workaholic wants to stay in touch with the office, or some teen just has to tweet about being out in the middle of nowhere, or somebody can’t rake another minute without firing up a tablet, so be it. People need to get out more. We can’t preserve our parks and our outdoorsy Canadian lifestyle if nobody wants to go there.

Maybe this will help.


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1 Comment on Is a little Wi-Fi in our parks really so bad?

  1. I agree that we’re maybe a little too plugged in and while we’re venturing into the bowels of Mother Nature we should disconnect. But – I can see how this can be a good thing on a safety standpoint. With WiFi you can still send messages out, even if you cannot make phone calls. If someone becomes lost, we may be able to find them faster.

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