New Visitor Centre
After careful review, and consideration of input gathered through public consultation, Parks Canada has selected the Town Plaza (Concept #3) design option for the new visitor centre for Waterton Lakes National Park.
Identified as the preferred option during public consultation, the Town Plaza design (Concept #3) captures the interest of the visitor by creating a central plaza and is designed to complement the beautiful setting of the community of Waterton.
The new visitor centre will ensure Parks Canada can provide an enhanced visitor experience, including a full range of information services and interpretive programming throughout the year.
Through its valued relationship with the Blackfoot, Parks Canada is also working closely with Indigenous partners to develop interpretive material for the new visitor centre that reflect Blackfoot history, traditions, culture and contributions to Waterton Lakes National Park.
The Town Plaza design will provide a new ‘nature-based’ playground for families with children.
Parks Canada is pleased to have an agreement in place with the Waterton Park Community Association (WPCA) and Improvement District #4 (ID #4) to relocate the existing playground and splash park to WPCA leasehold land in another area of the townsite (Block 42 - School Site). This proposal was supported by the Waterton Lakes Leaseholders Association and the Chamber of Commerce. Parks Canada is funding this project. Work began in September 2018.
The new Waterton Lakes National Park visitor centre will welcome Canadians and visitors from around the world, providing them with opportunities to learn about the park’s cultural and environmental significance and its status as part of a World Heritage Site, the world's first International Peace Park, and the world’s first international Dark Sky Park with Glacier National Park, U.S.A.
Parks Canada will finalize the detailed design and environmental assessment in winter 2018. In fall 2018, Parks Canada will work with Public Services and Procurement Canada on tendering the construction contract. Construction of the new visitor centre is expected to begin in 2019.