As one of the largest federal custodians, Parks Canada manages a variety of real property and infrastructure assets. In Banff National Park, the infrastructure portfolio is wide-ranging and includes assets such as highways, bridges, contemporary and historic buildings, trails, campgrounds, water and wastewater treatment facilities, visitor centres and operations compounds.

Parks Canada’s Federal Infrastructure Investment Program

Announced in 2015, Parks Canada is investing $3 billion over five years to rehabilitate infrastructure assets within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada.

This historic investment supports conservation while making our infrastructure safer and more appealing to visitors.

A significant amount of Parks Canada’s existing infrastructure assets require action now, and the paving projects, rock and slope stabilisation, and rehabilitation of bridges planned as part of this historic investment will provide an improved visitor experience for the almost five million visitors to the mountain national parks each year, while protecting the ecological and cultural integrity of our national treasures.

What to know before you visit

Construction projects in Banff National Park

Infrastructure Project - Minor visitor impact

Infrastructure Project - Closure

 
 

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Highway Construction

This season, Parks Canada is investing millions of dollars in projects along the Trans-Canada Highway, Bow Valley Parkway, and Icefields Parkway that will ensure safe and reliable roadways, and an improved visitor experience. Paving and road construction projects for 2017 have been planned in a way that will minimize disruption to visitors and residents as much as possible. 

Plan ahead. For road conditions and current highway construction in Alberta, visit www.511.alberta.ca or dial 511 (inside Alberta only). For highways in British Columbia, visit www.drivebc.ca or call 1-800-550-4997. 

In 2017, projects include:

What: Icefields Parkway (93N) Improvements 
Where: Icefields Parkway (93N), Banff National Park 
When: May through November 
Seven days a week, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

 
Note: Expect speed reductions, single lane alternating traffic, and delays of up to 30 minutes, excluding Sundays or long weekends During July and August 2-way traffic flow will be maintained during daylight hours, however, lane reductions at night may be required. 

What: Wildlife Exclusion Fencing Replacement – Trans-Canada Highway
Where: Trans-Canada Highway
When: April through November
Seven days per week, 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. excluding spring/summer long weekends

Note: Crews will be working off of roadways. Expect periodic closures of highway shoulders and brief stoppages for equipment transfer. 

The Legacy Trail will remain open, but short detours may be in place.

Vermilion Lakes Road: Expect brief stoppages for construction equipment access and potential temporary detour routes that may require cyclists to dismount. Please follow signage in these areas. 

 

What: Rehabilitation of Three Animal Underpasses
Where: Trans-Canada Highway, Banff National Park
When: April through November
Seven days per week, 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. excluding spring/summer long weekends

Note: Two lanes of traffic flow will be maintained in each direction, utilising paved detours. No work will take place on spring/summer long weekends. Expect traffic pattern change and speed reductions to 50 km/h. Expect delays during busy periods.

What:
Bridge rehabilitation, Bow Valley Parkway
Where: Johnston Canyon, Baker Creek, Corral Creek  
When: April 1 to June 15
Seven days per week, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. excluding long weekends

Note: Johnston Canyon, Baker Creek and Corral Creek day use areas will remain open. Traffic management personnel or temporary traffic lights may be on site to direct traffic flow. Expect delays during busy periods. Johnston Canyon, Baker Creek and Corral Creek day use areas will remain open.

Construction near the Town of Banff

What: Paving 
Where: Banff Avenue (from TCH to Town of Banff Limits)
When: Spring
Monday-Friday. No work will take place on long weekends.

What: Paving 
Where: Tunnel Mountain Road (From Banff Ave to Tunnel Mountain Village II Campground)
When: Spring and Fall
Monday-Friday in May-June, and September-October as weather allows. No work will take place in July or August, or on long weekends.

What: Paving and Rock Scaling
Where: Tunnel Mountain Drive (From north gate to south gate)
When: Spring and Fall
Monday-Friday in May-June, and September-October as weather allows. No work will take place in July or August, or on long weekends.

What: Parking Lot Paving
Where: Fireside Road & Day Use Area
When: Spring and Fall
Monday-Friday in May-June, and September-October as weather allows. No work will take place in July or August, or on long weekends.

Temporary Closure: Cascades of Time Garden

Like all gardens and infrastructure, the Cascades of Time Garden require care and maintenance. 

Cascades of Time Garden rehabilitation: 

The historic Reflecting and Cretaceous ponds will be restored to once again hold water. The areas surrounding the ponds will be restricted to construction crews as they continue their work until the anticipated completion of the project in late summer 2017.

When completed, visitors will enjoy a rejuvenated garden with operating ponds.

While Parks Canada works to restore this site, the public is invited to visit other day use areas and attractions in the park. For alternate picnicking sites no more than 1 km away, consider the Cave and Basin National Historic Site day use area; Central Park, located along the Bow River Trail, behind the Banff Park Museum National Historic Site; or the Banff Recreation Grounds on Birch Avenue. For ideas of locations offering excellent photography opportunities, visit Banff and Lake Louise Tourism's lists online

 


What to know before you visit

When visiting or driving through Banff National Park, you may encounter one or more construction zones. To help you plan your visit, please see below for a list of current and upcoming projects. Additional trip planning information is also available by visiting:

Important Bulletins | Closures and Restrictions | Trail ReportAvalanche Forecast | Weather Forecast

For information about Alberta highway conditions inside and outside of the mountain parks visit 511 Alberta, call 1-855-391-9743 toll-free, or dial 511 (inside Alberta only).

For British Columbia highway conditions visit Drive BC or call 1-800-550-4997 toll-free.