Mountain parks infrastructure getting boost
The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada today announced investments of more than $31 million in infrastructure funding in Banff and Kootenay national parks to improve visitor safety and provide high-quality, meaningful experiences for visitors to these iconic places.
Parks Canada is also highlighting the completion of other significant infrastructure projects in the mountain national parks, including the installation of a new Remote Avalanche Control System, improvements to Radium Hot Pools, and upgrades to bridges and roads.
Most notably is the completion of the ‘twinning’ of six km through Yoho National Park; a project funded from Budget 2016. As part of this project, a new wildlife overpass, three wildlife underpasses, and highway fencing were installed, providing world-class leadership to reduce wildlife mortality and habitat fragmentation, while improving motorist safety and ensuring the flow of traffic and goods along the Trans-Canada Highway.
“Through this infrastructure investment in the mountain national parks, the government is helping preserve Parks Canada’s places while supporting the local economy. It will ensure safe, high-quality visitor experiences for years to come, and enable Canadians, including youth and newcomers, to experience the outdoors and learn more about our environment. I am particularly proud of the world-class wildlife structures that were installed as part the recently completed Trans-Canada Highway project,” McKenna stated.
Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion over five years to support infrastructure work to heritage, tourism, waterway, and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada.