Editorial: Cuts to Parks Canada's scientific corps will "wind back the clock" to a time of lesser understanding

Tuktut Nogait National Park reported a 50-per-cent drop in visitors last year: Only two tourists made the trip, down from four the previous year. The rolling tundra and clear rivers offer solitude and adventure, but are also 170 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle in the Northwest Territories and can only be reached by float plane or boat.

Contrast one of the most remote national parks in the country to the next jewel to be added to our national collection – the proposed Rouge National Urban Park in the Greater Toronto Area, which is accessible by public transit: nature within easy reach of 7 million people. It is estimated it will take $100-million over 10 years to build new facilities and run the park, a strip of forest and marshland along a river that forms the eastern boundary of Toronto in the former borough of Scarborough.

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