To help control some of the vandalism and major problems in our campsites and recreational areas in provincial parks, the government has declared these parks to be alcohol free for this weekend.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are optimistic that an alcohol ban in provincial parks and recreation areas here in Saskatchewan will keep vandalism and disturbances to a minimum. The RCMP stated that it worked in "national parks so it should work here."
If a visitor inside a provincial park campground or recreational site is found to have alcohol, it will be confiscated. Depending on the circumstances, the individual may be charged with an offence under the liquor and gaming act, and faces a high likelihood of being evicted from the park.
The provincial government has issued an alcohol ban in provincial owned campgrounds after a handful of incidents in the recent past caused significant problems. Last year three RCMP officers were surrounded by drinking partiers who threw beer bottles and assaulted them. There was also damage to the campsites themselves with bbq's being smashed with vehicles, picnic tables used as firewood and tents wrecked on adjoining campsites. Interesting to note, this did not happen in a provincial park, but at a campground that is owned privately.
Cabin owners have been going to the lakes and parks since the nice weather has been around, getting ready for another summer of rest and relaxation at the lakes. They will not be part of the alcohol ban, only campers.
Young people increasingly refer to Victoria Day weekend as "May Long " short for: "After drinking 14 wine coolers and attempting to land ski down the campground road behind the Ford, you "may long" for a painkiller even stronger than the 24-hour morphine drip that is trickling into what is left of your spinal cord."
It makes no sense. April Fool's Day, seven weeks earlier, is more rational and it's the only time when people are allowed to pull jokes on others.
Yet there is no "April Fool," an actual person of historical note. Of the nine statutory holidays, this Monday is one of only three that commemorate a specific individual from history. In theory, we celebrate the reign of a queen who lived and died in another country during the 19th century.
A Needed Break From Winter
May long weekend could be Hagar the Horrible Day and it wouldn't matter. After a cold Canadian winter, people want - need - a break, one lousy extra day to inhale the freshness of renewal, to gaze upon nature's portrait as it is painted over the dull gray of yesterday.
At least that is what people say they need. What many people do this first long weekend of spring, particularly our young people, is inhale enough of the liquid refreshment to shut down all five senses. And then through blurred double-vision is the Jackson Pollock on their lap that started out as a breakfast of cheezies, raw hotdogs and beer. This they call camping.
Real camping requires sobriety, one's full wits all the time on account of the windstorms and the bears. Read history and you will come across no mention of 24-packs and kegs among the provisions of Canada's pioneer campers, of Jacques Cartier, of Henry Kelsey or others. Hiking great distances and exploring the sites were what made them happy campers, not fortified beverage. Indeed, the most well known campers in Canadian history were the Northwest Mounted Police. Their camping trek started in 1874 with the intent of bringing order to the drunken lawless frontier. Had the force elected to imbibe on its camping trip, the entire march west would have collapsed in mass self-arrest, forever confusing historians.
Orders for this long weekend are simple. Enjoy spring. Be young, even if you are not but especially if your long range plan is to be older. Don't be stupid. Stay in control. Have fun and live.
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