What is the next step to creating a National Park in the Flathead?


The next step is to proceed with the proposed Parks Canada Feasibility Study. The City of Fernie, Regional District of the East Kootenay and the Ktunaxa have agreed to proceed with the feasibility study. The Province of BC has yet to agree, and this is required before it can proceed.

What is a Feasibility Study?

A feasibility study explores the option, through studies and consultations, of creating a national park. Is a national park both practical and desirable? Can the goals of a national park be achieved in the study area? Is broad, community-based support present, especially with local residents, First Nations and stakeholder groups?

A final decision is not made until the feasibility study has been completed.

Technical studies and research to better understand the area include information gathering and mapping on:

  • fisheries
  • water quality
  • marine biodiversity and habitat
  • marine transportation
  • recreation
  • cultural resources
  • economic resources and uses
  • other marine uses, and
  • potential for ecologically sustainable use