Banff National Park currently produces approximately 105,000 metric tons/CO2/year or 63 times the per visitor emissions of Zion National Park (Transition Accelerator August 2020).
Zion National Park is among the environmental leaders in the United States and has eliminated personal vehicles from the core park sites by using low emission buses. Zion charges US$35/vehicle (C$45/vehicle) to access outer regions of the park with no mass transit alternative.
CABR will provide Parks Canada with a unique opportunity to reduce emissions through gate fee/ parking initiatives to discourage personal vehicle use, consistent with the Banff National Park Net Zero 2035 initiative and Banff Management Plan 2022 – Key Strategy 8: Moving People Sustainably. CABR is the only way to achieve Parks Canada objectives in any realistic timeframe fostering enhanced visitor opportunities and more sustainable transportation to the Park and reducing GHG emissions by Park visitors.