Updated June 1, 2019 to add link to his latest video.
In May 2014, Iohan Gueorguiev (website – YouTube – Twitter – Instagram) started cycling from the Arctic Ocean at Tuktoyaktuk, in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The plan was to cycle to the tip of South America in a year, maybe a few more months.
Mikah Meyer started with the easiest, most accessible US National Parks, finishing up three years later with some of the most remote parks.
He started his road trip to honour of his late father, a Lutheran pastor, died of cancer. And during his journey, the goals of his journey grew and shifted. Continue reading
To celebrate the start of National Park Week, the National Park Service is dropping entrance fees on Saturday at the sites that typically charge.
The theme for this year’s National Park Week is “Park Stars.”
Jackie Dunham, CTVNews.ca:
In anticipation of Earth Day on Sunday, Google Street View added seven new parks to its catalogue of digitally mapped parks on Thursday to bring the total number to 167, or approximately 75 per cent of Parks Canada spaces. The latest additions include Nááts’ihch’oh National Park Reserve, Terra Nova National Park, the Lake Louise area in Banff National Park, Glacier National Park, Mount Revelstoke National Park, West Coast Trail in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, and Nahanni National Park Reserve.
This is a list of Parks Canada destinations currently available via Google Street View.
Darryl Fears, Washington Post:
Interior Department officials are backing away from a plan to dramatically increase entrance fees at the most popular national parks after receiving more than 100,000 public comments from Americans nearly unanimously opposed to the idea.
In October, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proposed to increase peak-season entrance fees at 17 parks from $25 to $70 — the largest hike since World War II. Joshua Tree National Park in California, where the peak season starts in January, would have been the first to charge the higher rate, followed by a dozen other parks where visitation peaks in May and June. The cost of riding a motorcycle into the parks would have risen to $50, and walking or biking in would have cost $30.
But as temperatures climb and parks prepare for another season of potentially record-breaking visitation, Interior and National Park Service officials are rethinking the plan based on public comments that inundated the NPS website over an abbreviated 30-day period.
National Park Foundation:
Depending on where you live in the world, viewing the night sky in its natural, unhindered state can be a rarity. Due to light pollution, fewer than 500 stars are viewable in urban settings, compared to the 15,000 stars apparent in some of the darkest skies.
National parks provide some of the darkest and clearest night skies across the country. And that’s why the National Park Foundation supports programs that help connect visitors with night sky viewing opportunities in some of these special places.
A grant from the National Park Foundation funded the startup of Mammoth Cave After Dark, a program aimed at showing visitors the night sky at Mammoth Cave National Park. Visitors who participated in Mammoth Cave After Dark enjoyed a guided hike, guided cave tour, dinner, and stargazing.
Canada’s national parks and historic sites hosted a staggering 24.7 million visitors last year. Not bad for a country with a population of only 36 million people. Which of it’s 39 national parks are the most popular? Here are the top ten:
- Banff National Park in Alberta – 4,059,503 visitors
- Jasper National Park in Alberta – 2,345,130 visitors
- Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park in Quebec – 1,143,276 visitors
- Pacific Rim National Park in British Columbia – 1,056,801 visitors
- Mount Revelstoke National Park in British Columbia – 795,749 visitors
- Yoho National Park in British Columbia – 688,157 visitors
- Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta – 536,865 visitors
- Prince Edward Island National Park – 530,247 visitors
- Kootenay National Park in British Columbia – 521,286 visitors
- Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba – 355,523 visitors
National Parks Adventure, a 2016 documentary that was originally screened in IMAX theaters, follows three travellers who set out to explore some of the vast landscapes of the U.S. national parks. Those adventurers include explorer Conrad Anker, climber Rachel Pohl, and photographer and filmmaker Max Lowe.
The MacGillivray Freeman film, narrated by Robert Redford, is available on Netflix for the first time this month.
Kristine McDivitt Tompkins donated 1 million acres of private land as part of a 10 million acre addition to Chile’s national park system. This will add five new parks and expand three more and safeguard Patagonia’s wilderness, provide a boon to economic development in southern Chile, and continue to welcome Chileans and international tourists alike.
This conservation effort has been in the making for more than 25 years.
Jonathan Franklin, The Guardian
Chile has created five sprawling national parks to preserve vast tracts of Patagonia – the culmination of more than two decades of land acquisition by the US philanthropists Doug Tompkins and Kristine McDivitt Tompkins and the largest donation of private land to government in South America.
The five parks, spanning 10.3m acres, were signed into law on Monday by Chile’s president Michelle Bachelet, launching a new 17-park route that stretches down the southern spine of Chile to Cape Horn.
McDivitt Tompkins, the former chief executive of the outdoors company Patagonia, handed over 1m acres to help create the new parks. The Chilean government provided the rest in federally controlled land.