Since its unveiling on September 3, a multi-million state-of-the-art outhouse in Alberta’s Banff National Park has become both a tourist attraction and a source of heated debate in the usually Frozen North.
The biffy — as it’s called locally — uses green technology to produce its own power, heat, and hot water, and is decorated in “funky ‘EcoArt'” according to the Parks Canada web site. But it will not be open during the winter, and it will not clean itself.
“You can go in anywhere and have a bathroom,” a Park spokesman says in the Banff Crag and Canyon. “We’re building what we think is appropriate for a national park.” But an editorial in the Calgary Herald says that the cost of the outhouse “stinks” and that it will take 576 years to pay itself off.
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