Gaspé bans camping and cars from beaches after last year’s pandemic pandemonium

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Summer 2020 saw tourists park in protected areas and dump their garbage wherever they camped.

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A year after Gaspé was inundated with tourists who ignored local regulations designed to protect the environment, the municipality banned motorhomes and cars from its beaches this summer.

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Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic saw the small and picturesque municipality overrun with tourists exceeding the capacity of local campsites and hotels. Many of them threw their garbage outside and parked their cars on beaches or in sensitive environmental areas where vegetation protects the area from erosion.

The misconduct shocked local residents and politicians so much that the city announced on Tuesday that camping – whether in vehicles or in tents – is prohibited on local beaches and parking lots.

The City has also hired a private security firm which, in collaboration with the Sûreté du Québec, will ensure that the regulations are applied.

Barriers will be erected on the beaches to prevent cars from entering, but will allow those who want to fish access to their boats. Additional camping space has been created to accommodate overflows when sites fill up.

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