Mount Norquay, a ski area in Banff National Park, provides important habitat for wildlife. In 2011, Parks Canada announced its intentions to allow large-scale summer use of Mount Norquay. CPAWS is opposed because we're concerned that allowing thousands more summer visitors to the area will cause harm to grizzlies and other wildlife that rely on it as important summer habitat. Currently, this area sees very little use during summer months.
Now, nearly two years since the draft guidelines for summer use were released, the company that runs the ski hill is offering the public a brief window of opportunity to comment on the Mount Norquay Long Range Plan, outlining the details of the summer use development plans. The Long Range Plan is open for public comment until January 4th 2013.
CPAWS continues to have significant concerns about allowing large scale summer use of the ski hill because of its likely impact on grizzly bears and other park wildlife. This proposal would reverse a 23-year-old agreement between Parks Canada and Mount Norquay’s owners to relinquish summer use in exchange for a major expansion of winter ski terrain.
We remain firmly opposed to allowing development of Mount Norquay for summer use.
Have YOUR say! Share your comments on the Mt. Norquay draft Long Range Plan using the form below.
What CPAWS is saying:
To read our full comment submission, click here.