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Harper Government Announces New Investments in Jasper National Park

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. 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 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.

Through the Government of Canada’s National Conservation Plan, Parks Canada’s investment in conservation projects is contributing to the conservation Canada’s lands and waters, the restoration Canada’s ecosystems, and connecting Canadians to nature in Jasper National Park.

Quick facts

  • Covering more than 11,000 km2, Jasper is the largest of the Rocky Mountain national parks. Jasper boasts abundant wildlife populations including woodland caribou populations, nearly 1000 km of trails, and is the world’s second largest dark sky preserve, perfect for stargazing.

  • Established in 1907, Jasper National Park welcomes more than 2 million visitors every year.  Across Canada, more than 21 million visits are made every year to Canada’s national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas.

  • Jasper, Banff, Kootenay and Yoho national parks, along with three provincial parks, make up the UNESCO Canadian Rocky Mountains World Heritage Site.

  • 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.

Quotes

“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.”

-Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead


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Jonathan Lefebvre
Office of the Minister of the Environment
819-997-1441 

Kavitha Palanisamy
Public Relations & Communications Officer
Jasper National Park
780-852-6109

Media Relations
Parks Canada
1-855-862-1812
www.twitter.com/parkscanada


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