BANFF, Alta. — The federal government is planning to spend $39 million to restore habitat and upgrade facilities and programs in Banff National Park.
"Part of the big focus here is maintaining and restoring the ecological integrity,'' Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said Thursday in the Banff townsite.
The biggest single slice of the money — $14.5 million — is to go to upgrading 47 kilometres of the Trans-Canada Highway that pass through the park.
Money is also earmarked to fix underpasses that allow animals to safely cross the highway as well as to restore burned-over forests in Banff, Yoho, Kootenay, Revelstoke, Jasper and Glacier national parks.
The government also plans to repair and improve camping and day-use facilities at Lake Louise and along Highway 93, also known as the Icefields Parkway, between Banff and Jasper. Those projects will total more than $16 million.
McKenna said there will also be cash to develop Metis cultural programming.
The spending is in addition to a previously announced $3 billion fund to improve overall park infrastructure.
Banff is Canada's most popular national park and welcomed 3.8 million visitors last year.
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