Feedback will inform the development of a sustainable people‑movement plan for Banff National Park
December 5, 2022 Banff, Alberta Parks Canada
Parks Canada manages national parks in trust for all Canadians to ensure these special places can be enjoyed by present and future generations. In collaboration with others, Parks Canada remains committed to protecting ecological integrity within national parks while providing high-quality and meaningful experiences to visitors.
Today, Parks Canada shared the final report from the Expert Advisory Panel on Moving People Sustainably in the Banff Bow Valley. Parks Canada thanks the members of the panel for their hard work, expertise and insight.
For the next 60 days, from December 5, 2022, to February 2, 2023, interested Indigenous communities and individuals, stakeholders, and other members of the public are invited to review the final report and provide their feedback directly to Parks Canada. Please visit LetsTalkMountainParks.ca to read the report and share your thoughts. Concurrently, Parks Canada will work with Indigenous partners to review the report to determine how to incorporate Indigenous perspectives into how we move forward.
While much work for Parks Canada remains to be done, the Panel’s report identifies eight key strategies to move toward a more sustainable future. The advice and recommendations in the final report, along with the feedback from this engagement process, will be key considerations for Parks Canada as it implements the 2022 Banff National Park of Canada Management Plan. Planning for the sustainable movement of people to, from, and within Banff National Park must be integrated with planning for other strategies in the park management plan related to reducing impacts of climate change on park resources, and true-to-place visitor experiences, with ecological integrity as a cornerstone.
Millions of visitors from across Canada and around the world choose Banff National Park as their destination every year. This is a source of pride for Parks Canada and for Canadians. Parks Canada is committed to working with other jurisdictions, Indigenous partners and stakeholders to explore and advance safe, effective, and sustainable approaches to visitation, while helping people to enjoy the park now and in the future.