Canada’s treasured Jasper National Park could be on its way to gaining a theme park-like attraction. In February 2012, the federal government approved a proposal by Brewster Travel Canada, owned by a US-based company, to blast out the side of the cliff beside the Icefields Parkway to build the “Glacier Discovery Walk” – a massive infrastructure “skywalk”, and charge people who wish to admire the view.
CPAWS believes that this may signal the start of a renewed surge of inappropriate commercial development within our Rocky Mountain national parks. We were able to stop this trend in the 1990s in Banff. Twenty years later, it’s time to take a stand once more to protect the natural wonders of our mountain national parks.
Take action today and let the government know that this kind of commercial development has no place in our national parks.
On February 9th, 2012, Parks Canada announced its approval of Brewster's proposed Glacier Discovery Walk in Jasper National Park - a 400-metre walkway and massive glass-floored “skywalk” extending 30 meters over the Sunwapta Valley. Construction is expected to begin this summer.
The stunning Tangle Ridge viewpoint on the Icefields Parkway would be privatized and visitors would have to pay fees ranging from $15 to $30 per person to access Brewster’s Glacier Discovery Walk. The remaining free public viewpoint would look onto the massive glass and metal structure, marring the natural canyon landscape -- where today, mountain goats and sheep roam freely.
In CPAWS view, the Glacier Discovery Walk is an unnecessary infrastructure in our national park that would limit public access to this spectacular view. Read our news release here. And read our full submission on this to Parks Canada for more detail.
Write a letter now letting the government know what you think about this kind of development. Feel free to use the points we provided or include your own. Help us stop this dangerous trend in our national parks.
Photo credit: Kelly Sloan, CPAWS Northern Alberta Chapter