Parks Canada has stepped up to support those affected by the recent evacuations in the Northwest Territories and British Columbia.
They are offering complimentary admission and front-country accommodations in their prime national parks situated in British Columbia and Alberta. This initiative will remain in effect until all evacuation orders are rescinded.
“The Government of Canada will continue to support evacuees and communities during these challenging times. My thoughts go out to all those who have been impacted by these devastating wildfires,” said The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada.
Parks Canada’s campgrounds, particularly in the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, are a testament to the country’s natural beauty, drawing tourists and nature enthusiasts from all corners of the globe.
These campgrounds are often bustling with visitors, making it a coveted destination for many. Yet, in these unprecedented times, Parks Canada is prioritizing the needs of the evacuees.
“Parks Canada is pleased to offer a place of refuge for Northwest Territories and British Columbia evacuees forced from their homes. I would also like to extend my profound gratitude and appreciation to all wildfire management specialists and other team members who have been deployed to help manage wildfires across Canada during this unprecedented wildfire season, ” said Ron Hallman, president and CEO, Parks Canada.
As of August 23, the Wood Buffalo Complex (of which the majority is burning in Wood Buffalo National Park) is approximately 453,012 hectares in size and is classified as Out of Control.
At its closest, it is approximately 4km south of the Town of Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, and 3.5km from the first structure in the Town of Fort Fitzgerald, Alberta. Collectively, a total of 308 personnel, 57 pieces of heavy equipment and 24 helicopters remain in Fort Smith to conduct fire suppression efforts, the release highlighted.