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 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
Projects resulting in a closure or major impact
Closed starting October 1 until further notice.
The closure of the Akamina Parkway to the public will be in effect from October 1, 2017. Construction will begin September 5, 2017. The public is welcome to recreate along the Parkway as usual until September 30, 2017, but should exercise caution. Akamina Parkway construction projects include:
- Application of an asphalt overlay over the length of the 15.4 km road.
- Upgrading of select trailheads and day-use areas along the road to improve parking and traffic flow for visitors in these areas.
- Repair or replacement of existing roadside culverts and installation of new culverts where required.
- Installation of additional roadside barriers where required to protect errant vehicles from the existing roadside hazards.
B & H loops closed starting September 5 until further notice.
The B and H loops in the Townsite Campground will be closed from September 5, 2017 to replace aging water and sewer infrastructure and complete electrical upgrades. Areas adjacent to the campground (e.g. the trail along Cameron Creek) will also be closed to the public. During this time, A, C, D, E, F, and G loops will remain open to the public.
Peace Park Plaza and seawall
Closed starting September 5 until December 2017.
The Peace Park Plaza and the marina parking lot will be closed to the public from September 5, 2017. Pedestrian access to the marina and the shoreline cruise office will be maintained at all times.
Projects resulting in a lesser 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.
Construction on the 100-block of Clematis Avenue and Windflower Avenue to replace Parks Canada staff accommodation is continuing.
Waterton Townsite infrastructure replacement
Bertha Lane and Bertha Lake Trailhead parking lot: Starting September 5, there will be no public access to Bertha Lane or Bertha Lake Trailhead until construction is complete. Bertha Falls and the Lakeshore trail are accessible via a signed alternate route off of Carthew-Alderson trail near Cameron Falls.
Clematis Avenue North and Fountain Avenue: The fourth phase of upgrades to replace the main water and sewer lines, resurface roads and complete sidewalk improvements will begin September 5, 2017. Road closures will be necessary to complete portions of the work.
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 above. For the complete list of projects planned, see Waterton Lakes National Park: infrastructure projects.