Province to renovate William Watson Lodge

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The provincial government is investing $6 million to renovate William Watson Lodge in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.

The project is expected to take two years, beginning in late July. It will see the existing main day lodge demolished to make way for a new day lodge that will be built.

The province said the site is at the end of its lifespan.

Built in 1981, William Watson Lodge provides year-round, barrier-free wilderness lodging for persons with disabilities, seniors and their families. The site contains 22 accessible cabins, 11 accessible RV campsites, one comfort parks trailer, one accessible comfort camping hut, accessible picnic sites and more than 20 kilometres of accessible trails.

“William Watson Lodge has served Albertans with accessibility challenges for almost 40 years and we want this tradition to continue,” Minister of Environment and Parks Jason Nixon said in a statement.

“The new day lodge will vastly improve safety for visitors, caregivers and staff, and construction will create jobs for Albertans.”

The province expects its design plans to improve the lodge’s environmental footprint by using low-impact building materials and reducing the facility’s energy consumption.

The area will be fully closed to visitors during renovations. The lodge and campground will still accept bookings for visitors from July 2-26.

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