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Regional or Local Number: PANP-001219

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 74 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. PANP-001219 is issued.

Activity affecting the species is incidental to the carrying out of the activity

Kapasiwin LP is proposing to construct a new, year-round bungalow camp at the existing resort site in Prince Albert National Park, including the demolition and/or removal of existing buildings at the site and replacement of these structures with new buildings. The project will include activities associated with site preparation and construction, restoration and rehabilitation of the surrounding environment post-construction, and operation of the bungalow resort. The various components of the project will be undertaken in four phases over a period of up to ten years. During redevelopment of the resort, Kapasiwin will continue to operate during the summer season between the months of May and October. It is anticipated that project activities would commence during the fall of 2017. The removal of the current buildings will involve the destruction of known maternity roosting sites, considered residences for the little brown myotis. The destruction of residences is prohibited under s.33 of the Species at Risk Act.

Start Date: 2017-02-01   End Date: 2020-12-31

Issuing Authority: Parks Canada Agency

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act
  • Canada National Parks Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Saskatchewan

Affected Species:

Alternatives: The existing infrastructure at Kapasiwin is outdated (the cottages are nearly 70 years old) and is at or near the end of its useful lifespan. For example, roof structures on many of the cottages show signs of rot, requiring the replacement of trusses, roof sheeting and shingles (which would also cause a disturbance to roosting bats). As such, there is a requirement to replace and renew all aspects of the resort. Due to external factors such as the cost of renovation and a lack of demand for the size and style of cottages currently available at Kapasiwin, as well as limited insurability of the resort and increasing risks and liability related to the safety of resort visitors, there is no feasible alternative to the resort’s replacement. Mitigations: Appropriate timing of tree removal and building demolition (i.e., during the winter months when bats are in torpor in hibernacula assumed to be off site) will ensure no bats are harmed during construction. Additionally, all buildings will be surveyed for the presence of bats prior to being salvaged or demolished. If bats are found, work will be stopped and park staff will be contacted for further direction. Bat boxes built to current specifications will be installed before bats return in the spring, providing roosting opportunities within the project footprint during the spring and summer months. Jeopardy to Survival or Recovery of the Species: The population and distribution objectives for the areas not yet affected by white-nose syndrome (which includes the park) is to maintain (and where feasible increase) the current level of the population. The project redevelopment includes the destruction of residences that are not limited in the area as the mature forest surrounding the site provides habitat and there are many other anthropogenic structures in the vicinity of the Waskesiu townsite. As well, the impact of loss of the residences will be reduced by the provision of bat houses on site. Therefore, this project will not impact the ability to achieve the population and distribution objectives outlined in the Recovery Strategy for little brown myotis and will not jeopardize survival or recovery of the species.

Contact Person(s)
Parks Canada
Species Conservation and Management
Natural Resource Conservation
Parks Canada
30 Victoria Street 3rd floor
Gatineau, QC
J8X 0B3
Tel: 888-773-8888
Fax: 819-420-9273

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