Soon, it’s going to be easier to access one of Jasper National Park’s most beloved areas.
Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, announced yesterday a major investment of $600,000 in visitor experience infrastructure, which leads to a popular sightseeing and hiking area in Jasper National Park.
The Cavell Bridge, a single-span bridge located along Cavell Road, leads visitors to the Mount Edith Cavell day-use area—a favourite spot for visitors in Jasper National Park. The bridge has been identified for replacement to ensure visitors can continue to safely access the area in the future. The construction work is scheduled to begin in mid-May 2015.
Mount Edith Cavell (pictured) is one of Jasper National Park’s most popular day-use areas, offering visitors a chance to see the power of glaciers to shape a raw and majestic landscape. Visitors to the area can walk the easier Path of the Glacier trail, or lace up their boots to hike up into Cavell Meadows for awe-inspiring views. The area also provides access to the iconic Tonquin Valley backcountry area and the Tonquin Valley Adventures outfitter camp, a Hostelling International youth hostel, and the Alpine Club of Canada Wates-Gibson Hut.
“Every year, almost two million Canadians and visitors from around the world visit Jasper National Park to sightsee, enjoy iconic Rocky Mountain scenery, and connect with nature. This project represents our Government’s commitment to investing in the future of our country’s national parks and in the exceptional visitor experiences they offer as cornerstones of the Canadian tourism industry,” said Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, in a statement to press.
Spanning more than 11,000 sq-km, Jasper National Park is the largest of Canada’s national mountain parks. Parks Canada’s visitor surveys show that approximately 35 per cent of Jasper’s annual visitors make a trip into the Mount Edith Cavell area.