While recently driving along the Trans-Canada Highway in the Banff National Park, I came across several wildlife overpasses.
Some were more developed than others, with towering trees and bushes. Others must have been recently installed, as the vegetation wasn’t as developed.
Parks Canada explains why these overpasses came to be introduced:
“Once it became clear that the Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park would require an upgrade from two lanes to four, we needed to determine how best to increase the size of the highway while minimizing effects on surrounding wildlife. We also hoped to curb the high rate of wildlife-vehicle collisions on the highway.”
While the Trans-Canada Highway is an unfortunate necessity – cutting into the national parks and habitats in order to connect the Canadian population – it is fantastic that Parks Canada are taking the local wildlife into consideration.