LETHBRIDGE - The Waterton Natural History Association will no longer be operating the
Crooked Creek Campground, east of Waterton Lakes National Park.
recent charity review by the Canada Revenue Agency, operation of the campground
was considered to be a non-compliant business because it was not listed on
the society's founding objectives, which goes back 14 years but was never
mentioned until now.
WNHA Coordinator Anne McClelland knows this will make things difficult for
the association. She says "the campground was our main source of revenue from
which we operate all of our other activities inside the park. We also run the
Heritage Centre which is a book store but it's mostly a museum and information
centre and that is not a profitable business, so we have lost a profit making
part of our associations funding, so it's a very major impact on us."
The Waterton Natural History Association must sell the campground back to the
province, who will decide the future of the campground operations.
The campsite had 78 sites, 32 of which were rented by the season for summer
holiday stays or by people who work in the park during the summer.