What to know before you visit

Over the next five years, Parks Canada will invest $2.6 billion to rehabilitate infrastructure assets within national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas across Canada.

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

When visiting Waterton Lakes National Park, you may encounter one or more construction zones or reduced services while we complete this important work. Please plan ahead before you travel to avoid inconvenience. Consult the following list of current infrastructure projects in Waterton Lakes National Park to see if any road or facility work might impact your trip.

A significant amount of Parks Canada’s existing highway 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 ensure safe and reliable roads while protecting the ecological and cultural integrity of our national treasures; and an improved driving experience for the almost five million visitors to the mountain national parks each year.

Infrastructure projects in Waterton Lakes National Park

Infrastructure project - minor visitor impact

 Infrastructure project - closure

Map Data
Map data ©2017 Google
Map DataMap data ©2017 Google
Map data ©2017 Google

List of infrastructure projects that may impact visitors 

Cameron Lake Day-Use Area

Closed until further notice
Starting April 17, there will be no public access to Cameron Lake or the Carthew Alderson trailhead until construction is complete. Vehicle traffic will be stopped at the Little Prairie Day-Use Area. Visitors can travel on foot to the Akamina trailhead only via the Cameron Lake ski trail.

Blakiston Falls viewing platform

Work to replace the viewing platforms at Blakiston Falls is complete and the platforms are now open.

Boundary Fence

Minor visitor impact
Hikers and horse users should exercise caution when using the Horseshoe Basin Trail and Bison Paddock parking lot as debris may be scattered on paths.

Staff housing

Minor visitor impact
Construction on the 100-block of Clematis Avenue and Windflower Avenue is continuing, to replace Parks Canada staff accommodation.

Waterton Townsite infrastructure replacement

Minor visitor impact
Cameron Falls Drive, Clematis Avenue South, Vimy Avenue and Harebell Road: The third phase of upgrades to replace the main water and sewer lines, resurface roads and complete sidewalk improvements will take place from October 2016 until November 2017. Temporary road closures will be necessary to complete portions of the work.
Waterton Avenue: Due to parking upgrades, the community kitchen, picnic shelter and parking lots along the south end of Waterton Avenue is closed until further notice.

Please note: This is not an exhaustive list of infrastructure projects underway in Waterton Lakes National Park. Only projects that may impact visitors are listed. For the complete list of projects planned, see Waterton Lakes National Park: infrastructure projects.

Other important information:

For current road conditions, including construction updates, please visit 511 Alberta.