Parks Canada Sticking to Decision to Build New Waterton Visitor Centre in Townsite

Parks Canada is sticking to a controversial decision to build a new $7.6 million visitor centre right in the Waterton townsite.

Parks Canada is sticking to a controversial decision to build a new $7.6 million visitor centre right in the Waterton townsite. Officials announced in March 2016 that the facility would go on Windflower Avenue close to the townsite campground. Several stakeholders, including Waterton townsite cottage and business owners, have voiced their opposition to that decision saying they're concerned about congestion, traffic flow and parking. Many want the new facility to be built on the outskirts of town, a similar location to the old visitor centre. Federal Environment Minister, Catherine McKenna, says her Parliamentary Secretary travelled to Waterton at the end of August to meet with community organizations and to gather feedback. After hearing from those groups and stakeholders and reviewing how Parks Canada came to its decision, McKenna says building the new visitor centre in the Waterton townsite was the appropriate choice. Construction is expected to start next year. -Tina Giesbrecht

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