The network of protected areas administered by Parks Canada is a gateway to nature, history and 450,000 km (279, 617 miles) of memories from coast to coast to coast. Investing in these locations helps support the health of natural and built heritage, increases climate resiliency and creates jobs in local communities while providing visitors with high-quality, safe and meaningful experiences across the country, according to a press release.
On Monday (Jan. 23), Terry Duguid, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, and Randy Boissonnault, minister of Tourism and associate minister of Finance, on behalf of the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, minister of Environment and Climate Change and minister responsible for Parks Canada, announced approximately $71 million over three years for projects in the mountain national parks.
The projects include critical infrastructure improvements in the community of Lake Louise, upgrades to Parks Canada dispatch in Banff and Jasper, as well as several roadway and bridge improvements. This investment is part of the Government of Canada’s recently announced funding of $557 million over three years to ensure the continuation of infrastructure projects and maintenance work for Parks Canada’s assets supporting the critical function they provide to Canadians and visitors.
Through this federal investment, Parks Canada will continue to improve critical infrastructure in communities, maintain high standards for visitors and enhance safety on the highways and roadways that take the public and visitors to and through the mountain national parks. In the Lake Louise area, critical repairs to community water and sewer infrastructure will improve service quality for residents, stakeholders and visitors, while the redesign of Lake Louise Drive will improve safety and visitor experience. The Parks Canada dispatch centers in Banff and Jasper will receive equipment upgrades to ensure quick and effective responses, essential for public safety during emergency situations.
Lastly, Parks Canada will conduct repairs and rehabilitation on primary and secondary highways in Jasper, Banff, Kootenay and Yoho National Parks, and initiate design work for bridges in Jasper National Park, improving the safety and traveling experience on these important corridors.
Since 2015, federal infrastructure investments have enabled Parks Canada to improve the condition of approximately 5,000 assets across the country. These upgrades help ensure public safety, quality and reliability in visitor offers, and incorporate green technologies and climate resilience while connecting Canadians with nature and history, noted the release.