Jasper National Park in Alberta is one of Canada’s most spectacular and beloved national parks. Part of the UNESCO Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site, Jasper is home to Maligne Lake, one of the most photographed landscapes in the world. Maligne Tours, the commercial operator that runs daytime operations at Maligne Lake, is proposing to build a resort along the shores of this iconic lake.
On July 25, 2014, Parks Canada announced a decision on the resort proposal. While they rejected the proposed hotel building, they gave the green light to proposed tent cabins to advance to the next stage of the approval process, saying they will amend the park management plan to allow this development to proceed. CPAWS has filed a legal objection to the tent cabin proposal and a court date is now set for late October 2015 in Edmonton.
This proposal directly contravenes national park policy prohibiting new commercial overnight accommodations outside the park town site – a policy that was enacted specifically to control commercial development in our Rocky Mountains national parks. The proposal also threatens sensitive wildlife, including the endangered Maligne herd of woodland caribou, which only has four animals left and needs less development in its habitat, not more.
Your voice is needed to ensure park policies are respected so Jasper and our other Rocky Mountain national parks are protected for future generations of Canadians to appreciate and enjoy.
Join thousands of Canadians who are standing up for Jasper. Sign the petition today.
The Maligne Lake resort proposal in Jasper National Park disregards the very policies and laws that are in place to protect wilderness and wildlife, now and in the future.
CPAWS is calling on the federal government to say no to overnight commercial accommodation at Maligne Lake because:
Working closely with the Jasper Environmental Association and other partners, CPAWS Northern Alberta Chapter and National Office are raising public awareness about Maligne Tours’ proposal and the threat it poses to Jasper’s pristine natural beauty and wildlife. We are urging the federal government to respect national park policies and laws that were put in place specifically to ensure the future well-being of park wildlife and wilderness by controlling commercial development.
CPAWS Northern Alberta Executive Director explains why she’s concerned about development near Jasper’s Maligne Lake – CBC, Nov 27, 2013
Maligne Tours grilled by Edmonton crowd over development proposal for pristine Jasper lake – Edmonton Journal, Nov 26 2013
Exceptions are not an option – Jasper Fitzhugh, Dec 4, 2013
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