The avalanche deaths of a Montreal man and his young son while tobogganing near Chateau Lake Louise resort in the Alberta Rockies underscores a seemingly insoluble problem of keeping visitors to Canada's backcountry safe.
On the one hand, we want tourists and our fellow Canadians to enjoy the unsurpassed beauty of our wilderness. But we don't want it to kill them, something it frequently does.
Experts have been struggling for years to raise awareness and warn people not to take the risks lightly. Yet every year the roster of people grows of those who pay with their lives for enjoying the outdoors.
Gabriel Mironov and his 11-year-old son, Oliver, were staying at the 125-year-old mountain resort when they apparently rented a toboggan at the hotel on March 9 and set off to have some fun. No one realized anything was wrong until they missed their March 14 checkout.
A search discovered their bodies Saturday, buried in the snow in an infrequently used area along the lakeshore, CBC NewsRead More »from Tourist avalanche deaths: Are visitors uninformed about mountain dangers?