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Stawamus Chief trail closure for filming angers residents

06/24/2015 02:57 EDT | Updated 06/24/2016 05:59 EDT
Some residents of Squamish, B.C., are angry that parts of a popular hiking trail on the Stawamus Chief are being blocked off to film a movie. 

They say the film production company shouldn't be allowed to shut down the busy Chief hiking trail for two weeks.

A notice on the Parks B.C. website said between June 15 and July 6, filming will take place in the Kacodemon Boulder and Black Dyke Boulder area at the Chief.

"Please expect delays on some trails throughout this time period. There will be no filming activity on weekends or holidays," said the notice

Brian Vincent argues residents should have a say when it comes to closing down parts of the provincial park. 

"The area they have closed off is a highly used area by climbers," he said. 

Vincent also claims the company cut down two trees in the park and spray painted boulders. 

He said B.C. Parks told him the company has a permit and isn't breaking any rules. 

But Vincent believes people should be able to use the entire park and companies shouldn't be allowed to alter the environment.

"It strikes me as frustrating and odd that a company would have more rights in a provincial park than those of us that are paying taxes," he said. 

Vincent wants film production in provincial parks to be banned altogether. 

B.C. Parks  did not returned CBC's calls for comments.

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