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In the summer of 2020, tourists parked in protected areas and dumped their rubbish wherever they were stored.
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May 04, 2021 • • 40 minutes ago • • 1 minute read • • Join the conversation Photo by Cal Woodward /.THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A year after Gaspé was inundated by tourists who ignored local regulations to protect the environment, the community banned RVs and cars from its beaches this summer.
During the COVID-19 pandemic last year, the small and picturesque community was hit by tourists who exceeded the capacity of local campsites and hotels. Many of them have dumped their rubbish outdoors and parked their cars on beaches or in sensitive environmental areas where the vegetation protects the area from erosion.
The misconduct shocked local residents and politicians so much that the city announced on Tuesday that camping – be it in vehicles or tents – is banned on beaches and in local parking lots
The city has also hired a private security company to work with the Sûreté du Québec to ensure enforcement of the regulations.
Barriers are being put up on the beaches to keep cars out but allow those who wish to fish to access their boats. An additional campsite was set up to compensate for the overflow when the pitches were filled.