Originally Posted by Phil McAvity
Calgarian, I think I would have tried to get the names of those conservation officers and complained to someone about the way you guys were treated.
You were at a campground not a library.
Sadly, national and many provincial campgrounds in Canada ARE being turned into libraries. Here are some of the recent (or recently heavily enforced) rules of note:
1. Long weekend liquor bans. Vehicle searches included. No exceptions.
2. "Quiet time" after 11pm - complete zero tolerance including NO alcohol whatsoever, and NO campfires allowed. That's right, a single person sitting by themselves at midnight sipping a beer will get a massive fine. I've personally been warned (nicely, but still...) in this exact scenario.
3. No alcohol off your site - and as Calgarian points out, this is a bit of a nebulous definition. Hell, I've been in trouble for not having my tent "on the gravel pad". Sure felt like gravel under my tent, and there were only 2 of us. This "on your site" rule was originally intended to stop people from packing 10 tents on a site and having a wild party zone, but now it's just gotten stupid.
Personally, if the gov't would just make some campgrounds for 25+ (like some bars in Calgary have) and enforce the hell out of the others, I bet this could all be a non-issue. It's an incredibly small demographic that ever causes problems, but because we have to treat everyone fairly, we end up with this ridiculous zero tolerance nonsense.