New infrastructure and conservation investments in Jasper National Park will total more than $210 million.
Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister Responsible for Parks Canada, today announced infrastructure and conservation investments in Jasper National Park totalling more than $210 million.
This major investment includes extensive work on Highway 16, a national transportation corridor, and the Icefields Parkway connecting Jasper and Banff national parks, one of the premiere scenic drives in Canada.
“Our Government’s investment will provide a more enjoyable visitor experience for the two million visitors who make Jasper National Park their holiday destination. Today’s announcement will create and protect jobs and opportunities in the area while also offering excellent opportunities for Canadians to be able to connect with nature, learn and to be inspired," said Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead.
Other Projects Will:
- Revitalize Jasper’s campgrounds, including Whistlers Campground (Jasper’s largest campground with 780 campsites).
- Renovate heritage buildings, such as the Jasper Fire Hall, an interpretive centre in the heart of the Town of Jasper.
- Upgrade the popular Valley of the Five Lakes trail and parking lot.
- Ensure the long-term integrity and safety of essential infrastructure, such as nine bridges on Highway 16.
- Contribute to Species at Risk recovery through southern mountain caribou and whitebark pine conservation.
Parks Canada is investing more than $500 million in highway infrastructure across national parks in the region including Banff National Park, Glacier National Park, Jasper National Park, Kootenay National Park, Mount Revelstoke National Park and Yoho National Park.
These projects are the result of an unprecedented investment by the Government of Canada to support infrastructure work in national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas. This investment represents the largest federal infrastructure plan in the 104-year history of Parks Canada, ensuring these cherished places are protected and secured for the future while also creating and protecting jobs and opportunities