I live downhill from the hotel and golf course and honestly, it's not that huge of a deal. If you live adjacent to the course and are a member you're probably gonna get free access to the walking trails anyways, and the bike trails already needed a fee. The sidewalks and bike lanes are still fully open and people can walk around the actual community without issue.
Over here you can be at any one of at least 7 or 8 excellent Provincial and CRD parks in 5-10 minutes, if I want to go for a nature walk doing it where I'm having to dodge retirees in golf carts seems pretty silly.
I do agree that we are moving towards more gated communities, however and I honestly think it's unnecessary and ridiculous, particularly on Bear Mountain. What kind of 'rabble' are you worried about willing to trot up Bear Mountain Parkway?! In my opinion, it's just exclusivity marketing to help justify the price of the fanciest cul-de-sacs at the top.
- I have no skin in this game - "rabble' you are worried about"
and you are likely right, they are 'marketing' to their target market, for example anyone in the vicinity of
Beacon Hill Park.