Alberta Needs Nationwide Park Charges To Keep In Province

Banff Avenue is in the town of Banff within Banff National Park.

Banff Avenue is within the city of Banff inside Banff Nationwide Park/Parks Canada, B. Wrobleski

Alberta’s newly appointed premier desires cash handed over to nationwide parks in Alberta to remain in Alberta.

Danielle Smith laid out the request in a Nov. 9 mandate letter to Todd Loewen, the brand new Forestry, Parks and Tourism minister, saying she anticipated him to “provoke discussions with federal counterparts to make sure all the charges generated from Alberta nationwide parks stay in Alberta to enhance infrastructure and facilities within the parks.”

Alberta has 5 nationwide parks which are funded and operated federally — Banff Nationwide Park, Jasper Nationwide Park, Elk Island Nationwide Park, Waterton Lakes Nationwide Park and Wooden Buffalo Nationwide Park (which spans the Alberta/Northwest Territories border). The province additionally has greater than a dozen nationwide historic websites, which weren’t talked about in Smith’s letter.

Smith was appointed premier in October after successful the United Conservative Celebration (UCP) management election that was referred to as after Jason Kenney resigned.

Banff is the Canada’s most visited nationwide park with 3.6 million guests in 2021. Jasper got here second with 2.1 million.

Parks Canada collects customer charges by way of day passes and annual Discovery Passes that present limitless entry to greater than 80 places throughout the nation. Single-location passes are solely out there for Waterton and Elk Island plus two of Alberta’s historic websites.

Customer charges account for about 25 per cent of the money it takes to run nationwide parks whereas federal funding makes up the opposite 75 per cent.


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