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Managing development

Jasper National Park’s beautiful setting and natural attributes are the basis for its continuing popularity as a tourism destination. Safeguarding these attributes has, over the years, required care and attention.

Specific limits to commercial development in Jasper National Park are set in legislation and policy. These decisions were the result of extensive analysis and public review and continue to guide Parks Canada’s decision-making. For example, the boundaries of the Municipality of Jasper and the maximum commercial area permitted within the townsite are fixed in the Canada National Parks Act.

Guidelines for outlying commercial accommodations and Marmot Basin Ski Area provide important decision-making frameworks for major facilities outside of the Jasper townsite.

The park management plan contains important direction intended to maintain the park as a special place by directing and limiting both public and commercial development, while encouraging creative approaches to modernizing or updating facilities to better meet visitor needs and reduce environmental impacts. The management plan review may also provide an opportunity to refine policies concerning new park activities and services.

We will be seeking your input on processes and approaches for decision-making for large-scale commercial development that consider the priority of ecological integrity as well as the principles of openness and transparency, and that support quality visitor experiences.

The comment period is now closed. Parks Canada is reviewing the feedback received.