Backgrounder Article from  Parks Canada

Banff National Park Investments

Grand total investment: $39.3M

 

Banff National Park

Site description: In the fall of 1883, three Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers stumbled across a cave containing hot springs on the eastern slopes of Alberta's Rocky Mountains. From that humble beginning was born Banff National Park, Canada's first national park and the world's third. Spanning 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers, Banff National Park is one of the world's premier destination spots.

 

List of projects:

 

Project name: Whitebark (Species at Risk) and Limber Pine Recovery

Project value: $49.3K

Project description: This project will implement national recovery to stop the decline of whitebark pine populations and to ensure perpetuation of the species throughout its range in Canadian national parks.

 

Project name: Roadway Rehabilitation – Trans-Canada Highway km 0 to 47

Project value: $14.5M

Project description: This project will rehabilitate a section of the Trans-Canada Highway between km 0 – 47 in Banff National Park, and will include paving. Note: The Banff East Gate is referenced as km 0. 

 

Project name: Lend a Hand - Metis Skills and Fur Trade Program

Project value: $202K

Project description: This project consists of the research and development of a suite of authentic experiential products that will provide visitors with hands-on access to traditional trades of Metis people.

 

Project name: Market Growth Strategy for Metis Programs

Project value: $100K

Project description: This project involves the development of a strategy to increase awareness, visitation and bookings of Metis visitor experiences.

 

Project name: Rendezvous 2017 - A Metis Homecoming at Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site

Project value: $70K

Project description: This project will support Metis-related activities at the Rendezvous 2017 event.

 

Project name: Forty Mile Creek Landfill

Project value: $761.4K

Project description: This project consists in conducting an investigation of groundwater impacts for the purpose of completing a risk assessment and developing a risk management strategy for the site; and, to evaluate the adequacy of landfill containment and cover. Resulting from 2012 high water levels and associated erosion, elements of the landfill have been exposed in the riverbank, work will now include stabilization of the bank to mitigate against contamination of 40 Mile Creek.

 

 

Project name: Animal Underpass Rehabilitation – Trans-Canada Highway km 24.4

Project value: $2.1M

Project description:  This project involves the structural rehabilitation of one animal underpass beneath the Trans-Canada Highway at km 24.4 in Banff National Park. Work will include deck repair, parapet replacement, pier repair and other associated works, to bring the asset condition rating to ‘A’.

 

Project name: Animal Underpass Rehabilitation – Trans-Canada Highway km 0.6 and km 6.4

Project value: $4.1M

Project description: This project involves the structural rehabilitation of two animal underpasses beneath the Trans-Canada Highway at km 0.6 and km 6.4 in Banff National Park. Work will include deck repair, parapet replacement, pier repair and other associated works, to bring the asset condition rating to ‘A’.

 

Project name: Mountain Park Fire Restoration in Banff, Yoho, Kootenay, Jasper, Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks

Project value: $1.3M

Project description: The work will improve the ecological integrity of forest ecosystems in the mountain parks by reintroducing historic fire regimes in fire-dependent ecosystems, ensuring public safety and protecting values at risk; and, will provide Canadians with unique viewing opportunities to appreciate the spectacle of fire and understand its important role in ecosystem health.

 

Project name: Lake Louise Campground Rehabilitation

Project value: $4.8M

Project description: This project is at the conceptual stage and will address the rehabilitation of facilities to improve the camping experience, including: campsites, pull-through RV sites, roads, kitchen shelters and food storage, washroom and shower buildings; the replacement and/or rehabilitation of main infrastructure: plumbing, sewer system, electric systems, and supporting infrastructure components: entrance, kiosk and storage; repair and replacement of wildlife electric fence components.

 

Project name: Bow Lake Day Use Area Rehabilitation

Project value: $6.8M

Project description: This project is at the conceptual stage and will address the restoration of the waterfront along Bow Lake, the rehabilitation of the area’s trails and foot bridges and the re-establishment of visitor orientation signs. The work will also involve re-establishing flush toilets in a single building with the replacement of the dilapidated septic field, or major modifications to the existing vault toilets to improve efficiency and meet current demand; re-designing and improving vehicle flow. Construction is expected to begin in 2018.

 

Project name: Peyto Lake Bow Summit Day Use Area Rehabilitation

Project value: $2.5M

Project description: This project is at the conceptual stage and will address the re-design of the two parking lots to improve vehicle flow to create greater parking efficiency. The project will also replace the existing vault toilet. Orientation signs will be re-established to facilitate visitor flow and provide health and safety related orientation messaging essential for visitors. Construction is expected to begin in 2019.

 


 

Project name: Rehabilitation and Consolidation of Highway 93 North Operations Facilities

Project value: $2.1M

Project description: This project is at the conceptual stage and will address the consolidation and restoration of the Saskatchewan River Crossing and Waterfowl Campground operations support centres into one area at Saskatchewan River Crossing. The overall project will include replacement of failed septic fields, replacement of failed generator with a new, energy efficient one, rehabilitation of staff accommodation components, water filtration system and interior site roads.

 

 

* Please note that the sum of individual project values may not equal the grand total indicated at the top of this document due to standard rounding errors.


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