Updated: A new 50-space campsite that will accommodate motorhomes, trailers and tent camping is planned for the lower portion of Mount Revelstoke national park.
Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna, who is also responsible for Parks Canada, announced $5.9 million in infrastructure investments for Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks on Wednesday, September 7.
The most significant project is a new front-country campground near the beginning of the Meadows in the Sky Parkway in Mount Revelstoke National Park. The ministers’ office stated that this $4.5 million investment will allow more Canadians, including youth and newcomers, to experience the outdoors and learn about the diverse natural and cultural heritage of Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks.
The planned campsite is to be located at a site formerly used for staff housing.
In the letter to stakeholders, park superintendent Nicholas Irving said the campsite will augment tourism opportunities: “Visitor demand for camping in the par has been growing over the past decade and Parks Canada is now in a position to offer new camping opportunities.
“We believe this campground will complement the existing tourism and recreation opportunities in the area, offering visitors more options to explore both the national parks as well as the surrounding region,” Irving wrote.
“Strict development limits are in place to ensure the protection of ecological integrity in Canada’s national parks. Parks Canada has a rigorous development review and environmental assessment process that ensures all new park development proposals comply with these limits and that the park’s ecological integrity is maintained.”
Fees are said to range from $27.40 to $32.30 per night, and the site is expected to open in 2019.
Upgrades will also be made to the Rogers Pass Maintenance Compound – the headquarters for highway and avalanche operations in Glacier National Park – and new way-finding signs will be added in both Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks.