Government of Canada Invests in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks
Funding for new visitor facilities and to support ecological integrity
September 7, 2016 Revelstoke, British Columbia Parks Canada Agency
Canada’s national parks and historic sites belong to all Canadians. They represent the very best that Canada has to offer and tell the stories of who we are. Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks are 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 close to $6 million in funding for various projects in both Mount Revelstoke National Park and Glacier National Park.
In Mount Revelstoke National Park, this investment will be used to create the parks first front-country campground, providing the opportunity for more Canadians, including youth and newcomers, to discover and enjoy the natural wonder of the park.
Additionally, upgrades will be made to the Rogers Pass Maintenance Compound – the headquarters for highway and avalanche operations in Glacier National Park – and new way-finding signs will be added in both Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks.
This investment will also support the Mountain Park Fire Management program in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks. This program helps both reduce the danger of wildfires and takes action to restore and improve ecological health of forest ecosystems in the parks that are important habitat for several species-at-risk, such as whitebark pine, olive-sided flycatcher and two bat species – northern myotis and little brown myotis.
Investments in infrastructure – such as visitor centres and campgrounds, as well as roads and bridges – will provide visitors with safe and high-quality experiences, and help maintain the ecological and commemorative integrity of national parks and national historic sites across Canada.
“The Government is committed to preserving our national parks, while enabling more Canadians to experience the outdoors and learn about our environment and heritage. I am pleased to announce this investment that will make Mount Revelstoke National Park more accessible to Canadians and contribute to the ecological integrity of the Mountain Parks. The projects announced today will ensure high-quality and meaningful experiences for Canadians and visitors from around the world to these national treasures, while also supporting the local economy and contributing to the tourism sector.”
The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada
- Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks showcase significant examples of the Columbia Mountains Natural Region including, an inland temperate rainforest, rugged peaks, glaciers, old-growth cedar and hemlock forests, and brilliant wildflower displays.
- The new campground will revitalize a former staff residential area near the entry kiosk along the Meadows in the Sky Parkway in Mount Revelstoke National Park and will include approximately 50 sites for tents, trailers, campers and motorhomes.
- 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.
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Office of the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
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