Parks Canada seeks public input on future of Rogers Pass area

Parks Canada has a number of infrastructure projects planned including the removal of buildings at Glacier Park Lodge.

Glacier Park Lodge aerial view. Photo: Glacier Park Lodge website screenshot

Parks Canada is seeking input from the public to help plan the future of the Rogers Pass area in Glacier National Park.

An online survey has been created to gather feedback to help meet the needs of park visitors and through-travelers, improve motorist safety and address environmental concerns. Parks Canada is conducting the survey as part of the planning process for the future of the Rogers Pass National Historic Site.

The area around Rogers Pass remains an integral part of Canada’s national transportation corridor, maintaining a section of both the railway and the Trans-Canada Highway through this high mountain pass, and offers access to world class hiking, backcountry skiing and breathtaking scenery for any traveler.

In a media release, Parks Canada said highway and infrastructure improvement projects are currently underway in Rogers Pass National Historic Site. These include:

-Investments to improve road reliability and motorist safety.
-Installation of new avalanche mitigation technology and upgrades to existing avalanche defense infrastructure.
-Installation of new highway culverts to restore aquatic connectivity.
-Sewer and storm water system upgrades to support current and future facilities in Rogers Pass.
-Construction of a new public washroom facility on the service station site.
-Visitor facility improvements at day use areas along the Trans-Canada Highway.
-Upgrades to key trail networks in both Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks.

Parks Canada has also assessed the condition of the Glacier Park Lodge and service station facilities. Assessments confirmed that the facilities are in an advanced state of deterioration, and found significant levels of contamination both in buildings and in the ground. Parks Canada is moving forward on a plan to remove the buildings and remediate the sites. Removal of the gas station will begin in the coming months.

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