Banff Railway Lands will be an arrival centre for green transit systems including intercept parking, aerial transit to Norquay, and services that support passenger rail.
It will be a community hub with social spaces, entertainment and cultural events, learning opportunities and recreational access to the high alpine. And, a visitor services and dining destination with iconic, authentic, yet modern structures all rolled into one walkable space that can accommodate Banff’s 4 million annual visitors – “Banff Starts Here”.
Its design will serve as a model of community revitalization adjacent to operating railway and industrial sites.
Banff Railway Lands will become an integral part of the culture, aesthetic, and working life of Banff, symbolizing how our past defines our future. Its character will reflect historical, community and National Parks needs and values, articulated through a consultation process that respects and integrates diverse opinions.
- Create an arrival centre, community hub, visitor services, dining and entertainment destination
- Ensure land uses and activities are compatible (economic, social) with current and future community needs, surrounding neighbourhoods and adjacent rail service
- Provide appropriate types and number of amenities and open spaces for the safe and convenient movement of pedestrians, bicycles and vehicles
- Rehabilitate the Train Station and re-establish historical, cultural components of the grounds
- Produce opportunities for education, interpretation and celebration of the natural and human history of Banff, the Train Station and railway safety
- Generate long term economic viability and year-round activity and vibrancy to the site and the community by providing additional public service uses and the judicious and limited addition of commercial space.
In addition, the ARP will strive to create:
- Flexibility to meet future circumstances (potential passenger rail service)
- Potential to be a leader sustainable development by adhering to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and Built Green Canada (Alberta Builders) rating systems.