Since 2008, McElhanney has completed over 300 assignments for Parks Canada. This includes emergency response services for major floods in Banff, Jasper, and Kootenay National Parks in 2012 and 2013, as well as avalanche cleanup in Banff National Park in 2017.
Calgary, AB – The Government of Alberta and the City of Calgary began planning for the Calgary Ring Road in the 1970s. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the province purchased most of the land needed for the transportation utility corridor around Calgary where the ring road would be built. The northwest, northeast, and southeast sections are now in operation – known collectively as Stoney Trail – and motorists now have 70km of free-flow travel.
The Parks Canada Campground manual forms the foundation for developmental standard and design guides for existing and new campgrounds. With the original manual created in 1972 and last updated in 1992, Parks Canada needed a new edition for modern visitors. McElhanney was given the opportunity to update and develop the manual to guide the renewal of campgrounds and associated facilities throughout Canada’s national parks.
Jasper Tramway Upgrades 2012 | Jasper SkyTram whisks people to 2300m elevation, providing access to boardwalks and hiking trails to the summit of Whistler’s Mountain. What started out as an upgrade design for the tram’s braking system has turned into a long-term relationship between McElhanney and the owners.
High Rockies Trail Completed in 2017, this approximately 80 km portion of the Trans Canada Trail connects the Elk Valley of British Columbia to Banff National Park, and offers breath-taking views of the Rocky Mountains. The Trail accommodates a wide variety of uses (biking, hiking, skiing, etc.) along its length.
Glenbow Ranch Park, AB – The Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park Management Plan will be the premier guidance document for the park’s future. McElhanney’s plan addresses the park’s existing problems while developing an overall vision for the future.
The City of Calgary retained McElhanney to complete a public washroom study along the City’s regional pathways. The project was designed to increase the quality of experience through available, accessible, clean, and safe public washroom facilities.
Winner of the 2016 APPI Design award, McElhanney’s Bragg Creek revitalization plan developed a clear vision for the Hamlet of Bragg Creek. After the 2013 flood, the residents needed to rebuild their thriving economy.
Banff National Park is home to a spectacular landscape and countless species of wildlife, attracting more than four million visitors each year.
Banff, AB – To commemorate the 125 the anniversary of Banff National Park in 2010, Parks Canada commissioned the Banff Legacy Trail, a 22.3 km paved trail stretching from the Town of Banff to Banff National Park’s east gate.