Canada: Across country's NPs, live interpretive programs being cut sharply

t Long Beach in British Columbia’s Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, a small team of surf guards will no longer watch the waves in summer months.

In Alberta’s Jasper National Park, visitor centre hours will be scaled back during slower times of the year.

And across the country, dozens of soldiers, farmhands and shopkeepers – Parks Canada staff who dress in period garb and welcome visitors to historic sites – will disappear, as part of a transition that will see about 30 national historic sites move from guided to self-guiding facilities by 2013. The cutbacks are part of plans to trim $29-million from the Parks Canada budget over the next three years.

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