Jasper National Park

BACKGROUNDER

Updated: December 20, 2013

Maligne Tours Ltd Redevelopment Process

Public input is being sought as Parks Canada develops an Implementation Strategy for the actions described in the approved Jasper National Park Management Plan for the Maligne Valley. Phase I of these consultations which focused on the Maligne Valley Situation Analysis closed on November 22, 2013. Phase II the public consultations will begin in early 2014 and will focus on management actions for the Maligne Valley. 

Concurrent with Parks Canada’s Maligne Valley Implementation Strategy initiative, the public will have opportunities to review and comment on a Conceptual Proposal from Maligne Tours Ltd for updating their operations and facilities at Maligne Lake.

Maligne Tours Ltd currently operates a day lodge, scenic boat cruises, boat rentals, interpretative guiding, and is the custodian of the historic Brewster Chalet and Curly Phillips Boat House at Maligne Lake.

Maligne Tours Ltd’s Conceptual Proposal will introduce their sustainable tourism strategy for active cultural and heritage preservation, renewing and enriching their visitor experience offer, updating their stewardship commitments, and a proposal for new commercial accommodations. Proposals by Maligne Tours Ltd will reflect their current operating season and will not include winter operations. A copy of their proposal is available at http://www.malignelake.com/renewal.html


What is the Process for Maligne Tours Ltd?

Parks Canada has implement a multi-step process similar to other re-development reviews in Jasper National Park:

  • Maligne Tours Ltd will submit a draft detailed Conceptual Proposal for review by Parks Canada. (Status as of 15 Nov 2013: Maligne Tours Ltd has submitted this proposal to Parks Canada and released it for public review).

  • This fall, Maligne Tours Ltd will implement a public engagement program to hear the perspectives, interests and ideas of the public. Parks Canada will facilitate a dialogue with Aboriginal communities with known ties to the Park. (Status as of 2 Dec 2013: Maligne Tours has completed two open houses, one in Edmonton on Tuesday, November 26; and one in Jasper on Wednesday, November 27. The Maligne Tours Concept Proposal public consultation period is now closed. )

  • Parks Canada will consider all public and stakeholder comments received before December 20th, 2013 by Maligne Lake Tours in reaching a decision on the Conceptual Proposal, expected in early 2014.

  • Subject to the outcome of decisions by Parks Canada on the Conceptual Proposal, Maligne Tours Ltd may be invited to prepare and submit a detailed design plan for all or specific project elements of their re-development proposal to Parks Canada together with a Detailed Environmental Analysis, for further consideration in the development review process. This development review process would also include opportunities for public review of and comment.

 Maligne Tours Redevelopment Proposal Process
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How does the Maligne Tours Ltd Redevelopment proposal relate to Parks Canada’s Maligne Valley Implementation Strategy?

Parks Canada is developing the Maligne Valley Area Implementation Strategy with public input. We will take broad concepts presented in the Jasper National Park Management Plan and develop specific actions to advance the direction in the approved management plan for Jasper National Park. As an iconic Park destination, close attention will be given to the experiences offered at Maligne Lake and to achieving the wildlife conservation objectives that are set out in the management plan.

With their base of operations at Maligne Lake, Maligne Tours Ltd has an important role to consider in updating the national park visitor experiences and services offered. Information gathered to support the development of the Maligne Valley Implementation Strategy will assist Parks Canada in evaluating the merits of Maligne Tours' Proposal in relation to visitor experience, and cultural and environmental stewardship, and its potential impacts to resource protection and visitor experience.


What decisions has Parks Canada made about Maligne Tours Ltd’s proposal?

None. Parks Canada has agreed to consider a redevelopment proposal from Maligne Tours Ltd based on its potential contribution to enhancing visitor experiences and stewardship connected with iconic Maligne Lake. Parks Canada has provided guidance to Maligne Tours Ltd for the development of a detailed Conceptual Proposal and delivery of their public engagement program.


Where should I direct my questions and comments about Maligne Tours Ltd Conceptual Proposal?

Maligne Tours Ltd will be providing opportunities for the public to learn more about their proposal and to respond to questions and comments. Please check their website regularly for updates. You may email your concerns or questions to Maligne Tours Ltd at: http://www.malignelake.com/home.html

Maligne Tours Ltd.
Phone: (780) 852-3370
Fax: (780) 852-3405
P.O. Box 280
Jasper, Alberta, Canada T0E 1E0
Toll Free: 1-866-MALIGNE (1-866-625-4463)
Email: maligne@malignelake.com

Any questions or comments you may have of Parks Canada e-mail maligne@pc.gc.ca

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