Parks Canada Reports for Town Hall Meeting March 29, 2021

Submitted April 9, 2021 by Townsite Manager Tracey LeBlanc

As we discussed over the Easter break, I was going to provide you with an update for the FRAA meeting that I was unable to attend. Please let me know if you have any follow up questions or concerns. I will be contacting you shortly to have a chat about the landscaping/maintenance key areas. (see the last bullet below).

From the Visitor Experience Team

Opening dates for Parks Canada facilities in Yoho National Park:

o   Visitor Reception Centre – May 1st

o   Kicking Horse Campground –  May 20th   

o   Monarch Campground – May 6th

o   Takkakaw Falls – June 17th, road pending

Changes coming from the BC MOTI highway construction:

o   Yoho West gate will be closed during the hwy closures

Date of the launch of the booking of Lake O’Hara reservation systems

o   LOH Campground on Parks Canada Reservation System, opens on April 27th

o   LOH Day use – Random Draw open for the month of April, winners announced early May

o   LOH operational June 18th

From the Highway Department

They will be running their night shift until the third week of April. They are also anticipating to start the sweeping and pre-marking for the line painters soon on the highway.  

From Townsites and Realty

In January 2021, Parks Canada came to an agreement with the Rocky Mountain School District #6 to assume ownership for the Field School in Field, B.C. Parks Canada is renovating the interior of the building to provide refreshed office space for Parks Canada and other organizations, such as the FRAA, working in Yoho National Park. No changes are planned to the exterior of the building at this time. We are anticipating that the work will be completed by June 2021. 

For the summer season 2021, Parks Canada is piloting a new landscaping/maintenance crew that will work in the communities of Field and Lake Louise. Parks Canada, through the Manager of Townsites and Realty, will be engaging the community on what key areas they believe should be addressed in Field from a landscaping/summer maintenance perspective.