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Monday, August 6, 2012

Park Hours Change with Cuts

Bruce Peninsula | by Daryl Morris  

Bruce Peninsula National Park expects to be busy despite federal cutbacks.

The Bruce Peninsula National Park did not escape the cuts to the Parks Canada budget -- but it is still attracting hundreds of visitors.

12 of the 40 employees at the Park were affected by the cutbacks announced by the Harper Conservatives in the Spring.

Superintendent Frank Burrows tells Bayshore Broadcasting News no positions were eliminated, but some full-time workers became part time employees.

Burrows notes some seasonal workers also noticed their hours reduced.

However, Burrows says there won't be too much of a change for the visitor experience.

He notes 70 to 80 per cent of park visits take place in the summer months, and they continue to operate the Tobermory Visitors' Centre at full capacity.

But Burrows says the Centre will only be open five days a week instead of seven in the Spring and Fall seasons.

In the winter season -- which is Thanksgiving to Victoria Day -- Burrows says they will have to unfortunately close the visitors' centre, and limit the amount of winter yurt camping available.

Burrows remains positive things will turn around in the future.

He believes the Bruce Peninsula National Park and the Fathom Five Marine Park are resilient.

Burrows says they are a popular park, with strong visitation, and he believes that will help them weather these changes and build for a strong rebound.


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