Parks Canada has created an expert panel to advise the Agency on the development of a long-term framework for the sustainable movement of visitors in the Banff-Bow Valley. Building on the science, policy and ecological gains of the last 30 years, the panel will look at emerging solutions and examples of best practices from around the world to consider how people arrive at, move about, and experience the national park.

About the Expert Panel

The panel brings together a diverse group of nine members and one Chairperson, appointed by the President & CEO of Parks Canada. Members were identified in one of two ways; from applications received through an open call to the public and through research to find individuals with expertise in specific areas. Panellists were appointed drawing on their knowledge or experience relevant to protected area management or expertise in a variety of areas including protected area management, transportation innovation, technology and tourism.

The panel’s priorities and deliverables are guided by a Terms of Reference developed through engagement with Indigenous partners and Canadians. It directs the panel to consider modes of transportation, as well as how Parks Canada manages visitor access, circulation and infrastructure at key park destinations while achieving ecological integrity and visitor experience objectives. In the coming months, the panel will prepare for and attend virtual scheduled meetings to participate in discussions.

The panel looks forward to engaging with all Canadians, and future opportunities for consultation and engagement will be made to Indigenous partners, stakeholders and the public on the draft framework and final plan. Check back here for updates on the panel’s work and opportunities for you to participate.

Members list Terms of Reference