Lion's Bay council divided over trailhead parking ban despite lower risk of wildfires

The council and mayor of the Village of Lion’s Bay are divided over whether to allow hikers and visitors to park at trailheads within the municipality due to wildfire risk.

Tuesday evening, a majority of Lions Bay councilors voted to extend the parking closure until Sept. 19.

“The risk has not gone away,” said Coun. Jaime Cunliffe, who voted in favour of extending the closure. “Had it rained for four days straight and the temperatures remained at 16 degrees, then it would have been a different conversation last night.”

Lion’s Bay council first voted to close parking at all local hiking trails over wildfire concerns on Aug. 24 — with the closure

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