Redesigned Harvie Passage officially opens to the public

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Alberta environment minister tackles Harvie Passage
Thu, Jul 12: To celebrate the opening of Calgary’s Harvie Passage, Alberta’s environment minister hit the water and took a canoe through the passage – Jul 12, 2018

Harvie Passage has been redesigned to give boaters and whitewater paddlers a safer way to navigate the river, the Alberta government said in a news release Thursday.

In 2013, the passage was damaged due to the infamous southern Alberta flooding and the province said that now it has been re-envisioned with input from local stakeholders.

“Today’s announcement is also incredibly symbolic of the progress we’ve made since the 2013 flood; together, as partners, we can rebuild what was damaged to become better, stronger and more resilient,” Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said.

The passage divides the Bow River into two different passages with a channel for more experienced paddlers and one for regular boaters.

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According to the news release, paddle sport enthusiasts will benefit from the new design because it will allow them to improve their skills.

Construction began in 2016 and the project includes a new beach, a landscaped island area in between the two channels, a reconstructed viewing area and a stepped rock feature which will allow for easier access to the shoreline.

According to the province, the final cost for the project was $8 million.

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