Jasper, Alberta – Canada’s national parks and historic sites enable Canadians to experience their rich history and heritage in a special way and will play a big part in the celebration of Canada 150. Being the largest of the Rocky Mountains national parks with majestic peaks, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the world’s second largest dark sky preserve, Jasper National Park is representative of the natural and cultural treasures that attract millions of visitors and support our local economies nationwide.
Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, announced more than $78 million in funding for various projects in Jasper National Park.
Infrastructure projects include improvements to portions of Highway 16 in Jasper National Park, the Miette Hot Springs, reconstruction of Whistlers Campground – one of the largest campgrounds in the national parks system, and upgrades to popular day use areas, such as Mount Edith Cavell. This investment will provide the opportunity for more Canadians, including youth and newcomers, to discover and enjoy the natural wonders of the park.
In addition, a portion of this funding will support the Mountain Park Fire Management program in Jasper National Park. This program helps reduce the danger of wildfires and takes action to restore and improve the ecological health of forest ecosystems which are an important habitat for several species-at-risk such as the Common Nighthawk.
Investments in visitor infrastructure – such as trails, day use areas and campgrounds, as well as highways, parkways and bridges – will ensure the quality and reliability of visitor facilities and continue to allow Canadians to connect with nature. These infrastructure investments are vital to creating middle class jobs and sustained economic growth. Additionally, Parks Canada’s destinations form important cornerstones for the tourism industry that is such an important part of our economy and employs so many across the country. The Government of Canada recognises the value of this industry and works with communities nation-wide to help grow tourism and create jobs.
“As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Government of Canada is proud to invest in the protection and conservation of our national parks and historic sites. These national treasures enable Canadians to experience the outdoors and learn about our environment and heritage. Through infrastructure investments at Parks Canada places, we are creating middle class jobs and sustained economic growth, while ensuring high-quality and meaningful visitor experiences.”
The Honourable Catherine McKenna,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada
- Covering more than 11,000 km2, Jasper is the gentle giant of the Rockies. Jasper boasts abundant wildlife populations and has nearly 1,000 km of trails.
- Established in 1907, Jasper National Park welcomes more than 2 million visitors every year. Across Canada, more than 23 million visits are made every year to Canada’s national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas.
- Jasper, Banff, Kootenay and Yoho national parks, along with three provincial parks, make up the UNESCO Canadian Rocky Mountains World Heritage Site.
- Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion dollars over 5 years to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas.
Source: Parks Canada Agency