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Update: The $87 Million Icefields Trail – Really??

March 1, 2017

March 2017 Wildlands Advocate article, by Ian Urquhart

As the bicycle racks outside of AWA’s Calgary home suggest, AWA is a fan of bicycle transportation. But we’re opposed to Parks Canada’s proposal to build a 109 kilometre paved bicycle trail that would parallel High-way 93A from Jasper to the Wilcox Camp-ground at the boundary of Banff National Park. The estimated price tag for this project is an eye-popping $87 million.

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