Connected Camping: Parks Canada to Install Wi-fi Hotspots in National Parks

Earlier this month Techvibes reported that the City of Vancouver was considering offering free wi-fi in the city’s public spaces.

Now Parks Canada is doing the same.

The Canadian Press is reporting that the agency is requesting tenders from contractors to install Internet access points at 150 locations over the next three years.

For some, this may seem like a controversial idea. Many Canadians see Canada’s national parks as places where families can escape the hustle and bustle of modern life.

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But Parks Canada says visitors want to be able to stay in touch with work, friends and family, stay up to date on the news and connect with social media. With modern cellphone coverage either partial or non-existent at many of its parks and historic sites, Parks Canada is likely right.

The agency says it expects to offer the service free of charge in some locations, but charge a fee in some cases, such as where the cost is excessive or the location particularly remote.