The Central Alberta Economic Partnership established a Howse Pass Committee comprised of key Central Alberta stakeholders. This committee’s mandate is to explore, solidify, and promote the merits of a Howse Pass Highway, including awareness generation for the economics benefits of this project for Central Alberta.
This prime east west corridor, along Highway 11, and through 34 km of Banff National Park, was tagged in a 1918 engineer’s report stating that Howse Pass is of lower altitude than Kicking Horse. It has no steep approaches and may someday be found suitable for a trunk motor road. From the Columbia to the prairies, the feasibility for using the pass for such a road has already been established.
What is clear to see is that this route could provide safe passage for travelers which are growing at a rate of 3% per year. The economic impact on the central provincial regions will be insurmountable with traffic and tourists traveling by our communities and boosting our economy; like no other investment could offer.
The Howse Pass Committee works together to identify the benefits of the Howse Pass and to inform the Alberta, British Columbia, and Federal governments of the advantages that may be achieved with the implementation of the project. This may be Central Alberta’s chance to step into the spotlight, develop infrastructure necessary for global competition, provide further support for business and industry, and create prosperity for the region.