Canada Everyone likes parks, concludes $150,000 Parks Canada survey

16:15  11 april  2018
16:15  11 april  2018 Source:   nationalpost.com

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A $ 150 , 000 Parks Canada survey has concluded that Canadians enjoy parks and like to be in them very much. “Enjoyment of Canada ’s national parks and historic sites and waterways in the summer of 2017 was almost universal among visitors,” says the report prepared by EKOS Research Associates.

70240- everyone - likes - parks - concludes - 150 - 000 - parks - canada - survey /. [–] phileric649 5 points6 points7 points 6 hours ago (1 child). Yeah this seems completely one sided what if I don't like parks ? (but parks are great FYI).

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A $150,000 Parks Canada survey has concluded that Canadians enjoy parks and like to be in them very much.

“Enjoyment of Canada’s national parks and historic sites and waterways in the summer of 2017 was almost universal among visitors,” says the report prepared by EKOS Research Associates.

Specifically, 94 per cent of visitors to Canada’s national parks during the summer months reported that they “enjoyed” it.

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Junior Research Analyst at Cushman & Wakefield. Location. Vancouver, Canada Area. Industry. The survey also found that Canadians like the ‘natural surroundings’ within those parks .

A $ 150 , 000 survey commissioned by Parks Canada has concluded that Canadians like to be in parks . Scenery and natural surroundings were the number one reason people flock to Canada 's parks , followed by physical activity.

Five per cent deemed the parks “average” and only a mysterious one per cent of respondents reported that they “did not enjoy” the likes of Banff National Park, the Rideau Canal or the Halifax Citadel.

The survey was based on telephone interviews with 3,000 Canadians who visited a Parks Canada site during the summer of 2017. That year saw historically high rates of park use as a result of fees being removed in celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial.

The report was delivered to Parks Canada in November, but has just been made publicly available through Library and Archives Canada.

While data is important to the running of any government agency, many of the conclusions of the report may come off as a bit obvious.

“Scenery” and “natural surroundings” ranked as the number one most-enjoyed thing about Canada’s national parks, followed by “physical activity access” in a distant second place.

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The categories of “water/beaches” and “wildlife/animals” also made a strong showing in terms of enjoyment.

“Those visitors between the ages of 45 and 54 were more likely than older and younger visitors to point to the water … as central to their enjoyment of the visit,” the report says.

While enjoyment levels were similarly meteoric for historic sites, the survey nonetheless found that Canadians enjoyed them for different reasons. “Among historic site visitors, the opportunity to learn about the site and its historic contribution was key,” the report says.

The report also made sure to distinguish visitor “satisfaction” from visitor “enjoyment.” Although, perhaps unsurprisingly, virtually every visitor who had enjoyed their visit also pronounced it satisfying.

The survey generally failed to yield any coherent information on areas where Parks Canada could improve, with suggestions ranging from “more advertising” to “better food” to “improve restrooms.”

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However, a small plurality of respondents noted that they would prefer to continue not paying park fees.

The dubious utility of national park surveys is not specific to Canada.

IK20170321-028.JPG: Bison graze at Elk Island National Park. Most visitors to national parks seek out scenes like these and are satisfied to encounter them.© Ian Kucerak / Postmedia Bison graze at Elk Island National Park. Most visitors to national parks seek out scenes like these and are satisfied to encounter them.

The U.S. National Park Service similarly carries out regular visitor satisfaction surveys, only to discover almost universal approval for their sites.

In their most recent survey, the U.S. National Park Service only found two sites that didn’t score an approval rating higher than 90 per cent: Manhattan’s Castle Clinton (79 per cent) and Tennessee’s Fort Donelson (88 per cent).

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