Historic national park site to get $13.8M facelift – Metro US

Historic national park site to get $13.8M facelift

The birthplace of Canada’s national park system will be revitalized with a $13.8 million makeover for the Cave and Basin National Historic Site in Banff National Park.

The Town of Banff is ecstatic about the Parks Canada announcement yesterday that will inject federal cash into the historic site over the next two years, Banff Coun. Stavros Karlos said.

“We’re absolutely thrilled with the funding for Canada’s first national park site and a site where it was sorely needed,” Karlos said. “It’s a beautiful site now and will be even more so after the facelift.”

Karlos said besides the revitalization of the area, the municipality of Banff also has a plan to upgrade the roads.

The announcement will also celebrate the 125th anniversary of Banff National Park in 2010, Wild Rose MP Blake Richards said as he made the announcement.

“This will become a place to visit, gather, share and learn, and a place where people can celebrate the past and embrace future opportunities,” Richards said.

The revitalized Cave and Basin National Historic Site will provide a new historical and cultural adventure for Canadians and visitors from around the world, according to Tourism Canada’s Steve Malins.

“We’re very excited and looking forward to the completion and for when visitors won’t leave Banff without stopping at the basin before they leave,” Malins said.

Construction is expected to begin in 2010 and completion is projected for 2012.

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