Government invests in Waterton Lakes National Park
Waterton Lakes, AB – July 31, 2015 – Office of the Minister of the Environment, Parks Canada
John Barlow, Member of Parliament for Macleod, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced infrastructure investments totalling more than $107 million in several Parks Canada projects across Waterton Lakes National Park.
This major investment includes rehabilitation work along the Akamina Parkway, Red Rock Parkway, Highways 5 and 6, the Chief Mountain Highway, and redevelopment of the Cameron Lake day use area. The Town site’s water/sewer lines, roads and sidewalks will be rehabilitated, and a new Visitor Reception Centre will welcome Waterton’s 400,000 annual visitors.
These projects are the result of an unprecedented investment by the Government of Canada to support infrastructure work in our 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.
• Established in 1895, Waterton Lakes National Park forms the Canadian part of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, which is identified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park protects the junction of several different ecological regions that meet and interact in a landscape shaped by wind, fire, and abundant plants and wildlife.
• Waterton Lakes National Park welcomes more than 400,000 visitors every year. Last year, more than 21 million visits were made to Canada’s national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas.
• Parks Canada is present in hundreds of communities across Canada and contributes approximately $3 billion dollars to the Canadian economy every year. Parks Canada’s overall contribution to the Canadian economy is responsible for more than 40,000 jobs from coast to coast to coast.
“Historic investments like the ones announced today in our national parks and national historic sites simultaneously preserve our natural heritage while also protecting and creating jobs and opportunities.”
– John Barlow, Member of Parliament for Macleod