2017 Jasper National Park Infrastructure Announcement

Backgrounder

Grand total investment*: $78.8M

Jasper National Park
Established in 1907 and covering more than 11,000 km2, Jasper National Park is the largest of the Rocky Mountain national parks and welcomes more than 2 million visitors every year. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the park boasts abundant wildlife populations, nearly 1,000 km of trails, and is the world’s second largest dark sky preserve. It has 10 roadside campgrounds, with more than 1,500 campsites, 300 km of paved roads (including the Trans-Canada Yellowhead Highway (Highway #16), 61 viewpoints and pull-offs, and 33 picnic areas.


List of projects
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Project name:
Road Reconstruction
Estimated total: $17.5 M
Project description: This project involves a detailed study and subsequent construction on the following roads: Pyramid Lake, Maintenance Compound, Marmot, and Highway 93A.

Project name:
Trans-Canada Yellowhead Highway (Highway #16) Rehabilitation
Estimated total: $19.5 M
Project description: This multi-year project will rehabilitate sections of Highway #16 in Jasper National Park to improve roadway safety and reliability. Work is expected to include such things as intersection improvements, including traffic lights at Maligne Road, slope stabilisation, passing lanes, paving and other associated works.

Project name:
East Gate Redevelopment
Estimated total: $4.5 M
Project description: This project will assess and monitor existing traffic patterns to inform the design work to alleviate chronic wait times at the East Gate, which is located on the Trans-Canada Yellowhead Highway (Highway #16). The design could include such things as an additional kiosk, new lane design inclusive of a by-pass lane, and/or overhead information signage.

Project name:
Icefield Centre Glacier Gallery Recapitalization
Estimated total: $1.5 M
Project description: This project will recapitalize the exhibits and displays within the Glacier Gallery located in the lower level of the Icefield Centre and outside the building. Additionally, it will support the creation of an interpretive play area – a connected, interactive and fun experience within the interior and exterior of the Icefield Centre.

Project name:
Fire Restoration in Jasper National Park
Estimated total: $1.4 M
Project description: Parks Canada is a leader in using fire to naturally restore and maintain the ecological integrity of the country’s national parks. Many ecosystems in Canada are fire dependent. By returning a natural process to where it has been missing for decades, prescribed fires not only restore healthy forests, grasslands and wildlife habitat, they also ensure public safety by reducing fuels to lessen the severity of wildfires. Funding will ensure Parks Canada continues to improve the ecological health of the forests of the mountain parks by restoring the natural fire cycle to park lands.

Project name:
Road Paving
Estimated total: $3.1 M
Project description: This project will include road paving and reconstruction on three roads: Old Fort Point, 5th Bridge Road and 6th Bridge Road.

Project name:
Miette Hot Springs Source Repairs, Sewage Treatment System Rehabilitation, and Staff Accommodation Upgrades
Estimated total: $9 M
Project description: This project will support the rehabilitation of Miette Hot Springs waste water treatment plant, including replacing a culvert at Sulphur Creek Crossing with a footbridge, repairs to hot springs source water collection cisterns, as well as staff accommodation repairs.


Previously announced projects that will receive additional funding
Further information on this projects is available in this backgrounder

Project name:
Whistlers Campground - Campsite Rehabilitation
Announced in 2015: $6.7 M
Estimated Additional Financing: $18 M
Estimated Total Cost: $24.7 M
Project description: With 780 sites, Whistlers Campground is Jasper’s largest campground, and will be completely rebuilt with up-to-date utilities, new roadways and improved campsites. New combined shower and bathroom buildings will also be built. Signs and campground furnishings will be replaced. Work will be done to modernise and improve the campground entry and registration experience for campground guests.

Project name:
Roadway Sign Replacement
Announced in 2015: $4.8 M
Estimated Additional Financing: $1.6 M
Estimated Total Cost: $6.4 M
Project description: Parks Canada will update and replace way-finding signs along major highways and scenic parkways, which will support a safe and enjoyable experience for visitors.

Project name:
Mount Edith Cavell Day Use Area Parking Lot, Access Road and Trail rehabilitation
Announced in 2015: $750 K
Estimated Additional Financing: $2.8 M
Estimated Total Cost: $3.5 M
Project description: Mount Edith Cavell is one of the most popular and iconic day use areas in Jasper National Park. It offers visitors spectacular views of the north face of Mount Edith Cavell, including Angel Glacier, Cavell Glacier and Cavell tarn, as well as providing access to a stunning alpine trail – Cavell Meadows. In 2012, a major ice avalanche during the night resulted in a destructive debris flood, as well as ongoing parking and access road maintenance issues. This project will relocate the parking lot access road away from high-risk avalanche and flooding zones, increase the number of parking spots, and permit the reconstruction and rehabilitation of trails and viewpoints.


* 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 practices.

 

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