After more than 20 years of environmental planning, consultation and design, an additional 20 years of construction, and more than 55 individual project sites, it is nearly impossible to adequately describe the vast scope of landscape architectural elements that have been integrated into the Trans Canada Highway Twinning project in Banff National Park. Landscape architectural enhancements including both traditional techniques and a variety of innovative experiments and new approaches not previously tried in Canadian mountain environments. Experimental development of slope modification and restoration treatments to mitigate visual impacts, new soil development programs, and special features to accommodate and protect wildlife, have all set new precedents for other regional ecological designs. The landscape architectural design for the TCH was based on principles of environmental sensitivity, rehabilitation and conservation while enhancing the overall visual experience for the visitor, truly making this “No Ordinary Highway”.
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