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Contract awarded for new Waterton Lakes National Park Visitor Centre
Parks Canada is announcing that, following a competitive process, a contract has been awarded to FWBA Architects for the design of the new Waterton Lakes National Park Visitor Centre, located at Block 39 within the townsite. FWBA Architects, a Lethbridge architecture firm, will be the primary consultant for the architectural design of this project.
The design options will present the look and function of the building, both inside and out, and its relationship to the adjacent areas and the townsite, in addition to how the visitor centre will be integrated into broader parking and way-finding projects for the community.
Parks Canada thanks all those who attended the recent public engagement session on the new visitor centre to present information and share a range of views on the new location. Parks Canada will be moving forward with the new facility in the townsite because it meets the evolving needs of visitors and the community. The decision to locate the visitor centre within the community of Waterton is founded in the Waterton Community Plan and the Waterton Lakes National Park Management Plan. This location will allow Parks Canada to achieve key management plan and community plan objectives, and provide a better level of service and enhanced experiences to all visitors.
Parks Canada is committed to working collaboratively with all interested Canadians in the planning of this essential facility to welcome visitors. Opportunities for public input on the design of the new visitor centre will be provided as the project moves forward. Additional details about the project and future public engagement will be forthcoming.
For more information, visit New Waterton Lakes National Park Visitor Centre
Parks Canada announces complimentary shuttle in Waterton Lakes National Park
Starting June 16, Parks Canada will provide a complimentary shuttle service for hikers to access trails along the Akamina Parkway. Due to construction at the Cameron Lake Day-Use Area, the Akamina Parkway will be closed to all public traffic, including pedestrians and cyclists, for the 2016 visitor season.
Available by reservation only, the shuttle will run from June 16 through to September 18, 2016.
From three pick-up points throughout the Waterton Village, the shuttle service provides access to the Crandell Lake, Lineham Falls, Rowe/Tamarack, Akamina Pass, Summit Lake and Carthew-Alderson trailheads. The Cameron Lakeside Trail is closed to the public. This shuttle is not intended as a sightseeing service and will provide access for hikers only to designated trailheads along the parkway.
Investments in visitor infrastructure, such as trails, visitor centres, priority day-use areas and campgrounds, as well as highways, parkways and bridges, will ensure the quality and reliability of visitor offers and continue to allow Canadians to connect with nature.
To book a spot or learn more about the shuttle stops and schedule, visit akaminahikershuttle.com or the self-serve system at Tamarack Outdoor Outfitters in the Waterton village.
Prescribed fire in Waterton Lakes National Park: Red Rock Complex
Parks Canada fire crew working on the Red Rock prescribed fire
© Parks Canada
Parks Canada has completed the second portion of its prescribed fire plan for Waterton Lakes National Park this season.
Fire crews successfully burned areas of open grassland, and some aspen in the Red Rock Complex (area between Blakiston Creek and the height of land to the north in the Blakiston Valley from Bellevue Hill to Red Rock Canyon).
Next, Parks Canada will target select forested areas on the mid and lower slopes in the Red Rock Complex.
The goal of fire management in national parks is to restore and maintain historical fire frequency, while protecting people and facilities from wildfires. Restoring fire is important to the health of the ecosystem, including the wildlife it supports. The objectives of this fire are also related to the conservation and restoration of fescue grass and whitebark pine habitat.
Prescribed fires are only carried out by trained specialists when a set of predetermined conditions is met relating to weather, terrain, fire behaviour, fire control and smoke management. Significant preparations are made to minimize risk by burning only in conditions that allow the fire to be controlled and contained within identified boundaries, and which minimize the amount and duration of smoke affecting neighbouring lands.
Fire crews light fires during good venting conditions, so the majority of smoke is dispersed high into the atmosphere.
Upcoming work in Waterton Lakes National Park
Parks Canada wishes to inform visitors and residents of the Waterton Park community of the following infrastructure projects in Waterton Lakes National Park taking place this spring and summer.
To learn more, go to Infrastructure projects in Waterton Lakes National Park
Wildlife movement project
Waterton Lakes National Park scientists are gathering information on wildlife movement around the perimeter of the Waterton Park community and between the Waterton and Akamina valleys.
Wildlife corridors are important for maintaining wildlife populations © Parks Canada
Wildlife corridors are important for maintaining wildlife populations. Wildlife movement through corridors in this area may be affected by natural and human features such as the canyon above Cameron Falls and the Visitor Reception Centre.
The goal of this five-year project is to provide information to aid in making decisions regarding wildlife movement through this area. The focus will be on cougars, bears, deer, elk and bighorn sheep.
A variety of information sources will be used, including remote cameras. These cameras are used for tracking wildlife movement. Public notices will be posted at trail heads and other areas where cameras are deployed. Cameras will not be located within the core of the community.
Concerned about your privacy? So are we. Images of people will be classified by the number of people and type of use, and then deleted. However, images that show illegal activities that may have serious impacts on wildlife, or put the safety of visitors at risk may be used for law enforcement purposes.
This project is part of the Waterton Lakes National Park Conservation and Restoration Program.
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