Commuters on the way home from work were surprised to see group of campers sitting out in the rain right beside a busy intersection.

A group of outdoor enthusiasts from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Northern Alberta Branch camped on the corner of 109st and Saskatchewan Drive yesterday to promote wilderness preservation.

“In essence it’s a pop-up wilderness scene,” said Kate Charuk, volunteer and outreach co-ordinator. “It’s a playful attempt to grab people’s attention … to a new wilderness movement.”


The movement, “The Big Wild,” is an initiative launched by the wilderness society and Mountain Equipment Co-op to get Canadians to support protection for the 90 per cent of Canadian’s wilderness that lie on public lands.

Over May, similar events like the one in town will be held in cities nationwide as part of the Big Wild promotion.

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