EDMONTON — The Alberta government is investing $6 million into demolishing and rebuilding the old William Watson Lodge in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park at Kananaskis Village.
The lodge was built in 1981 and provides year-round barrier-free wilderness lodging for people with disabilities, seniors and their families. The facility has reached the end of its lifespan and needs to be replaced, a Government of Alberta release stated.
“William Watson Lodge has served Albertans with accessibility challenges for almost 40 years and we want this tradition to continue. The new day lodge will vastly improve safety for visitors, caregivers and staff, and construction will create jobs for Albertans. I look forward to seeing the new facility when it is fully operational and ready to welcome visitors again,” said Minister of Environment and Parks Jason Nixon in a statement.
The new facility’s design incorporates low-impact building materials and decreased energy consumption, which is adhering to international accessibility standards.
The site has 22 accessible cabins, 11 accessible RV campsites, a comfort parks trailer and an accessible comfort camping hut, picnic sites and more than 20 kilometres of accessible trails.
Demolition of the existing structure will take place in July with construction set to last two years.