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Invitation: Public Consultation on Ski Area Site Guidelines for Development and Use at Mount Norquay

If you care about Banff’s environment, ski and hike in the area, or simply have an interest in this 85-year-old downhill ski resort, Parks Canada’s draft site guidelines for Mount Norquay might be of interest to you. These guidelines are designed to protect ecological integrity and to provide a range of inspiring options for visitors, while also providing long-term business certainty for the operators. Once finalized, they will shape decisions about all future initiatives and activities at the Mount Norquay area.

What Are Site Guidelines?
Required for all mountain national park ski areas, site guidelines:

  • identify parameters to guide potential future development and use,
  • establish negotiated, permanent limits to growth, and
  • ensure land use and any future development or activities are consistent with Parks Canada policy for ski areas and the management plan for Banff National Park.

Why You Should Comment
Public feedback is key to ensuring there are no gaps in the guidelines and to improving them where possible.

To Learn More
Read summaries of the site guidelines by downloading them (available starting January 12, 2011) from: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/banff/plan/norquay-2011.aspx. Or attend an open house featuring displays and maps, presentations, and a question and answer period.

Banff
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
6:30pm – 9pm (presentation 7:30pm – 8pm)
Black Bear Room, Banff Park Lodge, 222 Lynx Street

Calgary
Thursday, January 20, 2011
6:30pm – 9pm (presentation 7:30pm – 8pm)
Safari Lodge, Salon A, The Calgary Zoo
1300 Zoo Road NE; access and parking via south entrance

To Comment
Fill in a comment sheet at an open house or email opinion@pc.gc.ca until February 11, 2011.

For More Information
Contact Sarah Fabbri, External Relations, at 403.760.1342 (Banff).

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