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Sorry about your unpleasant encounter with a biker, and I appreciate that you seem to have a pretty open mind about it. I can understand your concerns – I live in a city and hike more than I bike these days. On a lot of the high-use hiking trails I think safety and trail degradation become enough of a concern that it’s necessary to separate trails by user type in a lot of cases.
In really remote places with low users the safety and erosion issues are not a big deal, but that’s where you seem to encounter the most resistance to bikes because wilderness users just don’t want to see them at all. I think the key is patience and being actively involved in stewardship of those places.
Canadian protected areas seem to be a bit more open in general than ones in the states. This Tombstone park really looks like an ideal place to ride, and their [management plan](http://www.env.gov.yk.ca/publications-maps/documents/tombstone_mgt_plan.pdf) is notably silent on the topic of bikes (it just says “no motorized vehicles”) so that’s encouraging. 😀