2016 Mount Revelstoke-Glacier Field Unit Announcement Grand total investment*: $5.9 M

Backgrounder

Mount Revelstoke National Park   

Mount Revelstoke National Park protects a portion of the Columbia Mountains Natural Region, in the interior wet belt of British Columbia. The steep, rugged mountains, warm, moist climate, and variety of plant and animal life are typical of this natural region. The park contains stands of old-growth cedar and hemlock; a forest type which is rapidly declining outside of protected areas. The park is famous for summer wildflower displays on the summit of Mount Revelstoke. Each year the meadows of the upper subalpine zone blossom into brilliant colour by the middle of August. It was the beauty of these meadows so near to their town that inspired a group of people in Revelstoke to lobby for the creation of the national park in 1914.

           

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Project name: Premium Campground Development

Estimated total: $4.5 M

Project description: A new tenting and recreational vehicle (RV) campground is planned for Mount Revelstoke National Park. Currently there is no front country campground in the park and a limited camping offer in Glacier National Park. The campground will provide new opportunities for visitors to experience these national parks and to explore the surrounding areas. The proposal is to use a previously-disturbed site (former staff residential area), near the entry kiosk along the Meadows in the Sky Parkway at the base of Mount Revelstoke, to create a 50 unit campground offering sites for tents, trailers, campers and motorhomes.

 

Glacier National Park          

Glacier National Park’s steep, rugged mountains and warm, moist climate are typical of the Columbia Mountains Natural Region. The park, located in the interior wet belt of British Columbia, protects unique stands of old-growth cedar and hemlock, part of the world’s only inland temperate rainforest. The park is home to a wide variety of plant and animal life including mountain goats, grizzly bears and species at risk, like whitebark pine and woodland caribou.

 

Rogers Pass National Historic Site, located in Glacier National Park, was designated for its importance in the construction and development of the country's first major national transportation route. True to its history, the area still plays an important role in Canada’s national transportation routes with both the railway and the Trans-Canada Highway passing through the park. 

           

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Project name: Rogers Pass Maintenance Compound Upgrades

Estimated total: $557 K

Project description: Parks Canada plays an integral role year-round in maintaining the Trans-Canada Highway through Glacier National Park’s rugged mountain terrain. To support this role, improvements will be made to the Rogers Pass Maintenance Compound, headquarters for the park’s highway and avalanche operations.     

           

Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks    

           

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Project name: Mountain Park Fire Restoration - Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks

Estimated total: $335 K

Project description: This project will improve the ecological integrity of forest ecosystems for Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks, by reintroducing historic fire regimes in fire-dependent ecosystems, while ensuring public safety and protecting values at risk. Similar programs are occurring in other area mountain parks. Prescribed fires are only conducted under exacting conditions (e.g. weather, moisture, wind direction, supporting resources, etc.) and will only go forward when the safety of the public, crews, park infrastructure and neighbouring lands can be assured.

Project name: Signage Installation - Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks

Estimated total: $500 K

Project description: This funding will support the installation of new way-finding signs, helping to provide our visitors with high-quality and safe experiences in our national parks.           

           

                       

* 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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