Banff Nearly Recovered After Flooding

Officials have spent CAD $19 million to restore damaged areas.

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Seven months after severe flooding devastated some eastern sections of Banff National Park, Parks Canada staff are still working to restore critical infrastructure and popular backcountry areas in advance of this year’s high season.

The Calgary Heraldreports that the government has spent nearly CAD $19 million so far to repair washed-out trails and roads, including a section of the Trans-Canada Highway. However, fewer than half of the area’s 49 damaged bridges have been restored, and officials estimate that another CAD$6 million could be needed.

While hikers may find backcountry access limited in the early season, the park’s most popular campgrounds are expected to be open.

Read more: The Calgary Herald