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 or driving through Kootenay 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.

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; the continued flow of commercial goods through these vital East-West corridors; and an improved driving experience for the almost five million visitors to the mountain national parks each year.

Construction projects in Kootenay National Park

For a list of construction projects that may impact visitors, watch this page through 2016. Please check Drive BC for current road conditions before you travel. The safety of motorists and workers is Parks Canada’s top priority. Please respect traffic control personnel and reduced speed zones to help keep workers and motorists safe.

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Safety improvements in Sinclair Canyon

Safety improvements, including new sidewalks, curb / gutters, hand railings, street lighting and retaining walls are underway. Work will start at the Kootenay west gate and continue toward the Hot Springs overflow parking lot 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday - Friday, with occasional weekend work. No work Sundays or long weekends.

Please check Drive BC for current road conditions before you travel. The safety of motorists and workers is Parks Canada’s top priority. Please respect traffic control personnel and reduced speed zones to help keep workers and motorists safe.


Construction at Radium Hot Springs

Radium Hot Springs is a federally designated heritage building. Constructed between 1949 and 1951, the Radium Hot Springs facility was the first major post war building project in the western parks. 

Radium Hot Springs and Pleiades Spa and Wellness remain open while construction is in progress. 

Following a structural engineer’s assessment the pedestrian access ramp leading from the small parking lot on the south side of Hwy 93 South is closed due to a risk of catastrophic failure. This closure is in place for the safety of all visitors. There is currently no disabled access to the aquacourt facility or pools. 

We apologize for the inconvenience to those impacted by the lack of disabled access at our facility.

The contract to rebuild the pedestrian access ramp between the small parking lot and Radium Hot Springs’ aquacourt has been signed with the winning bidder. Parks Canada and Public Service Procurement Canada (PSPC) staff will have their first site meeting with the contractor on June 28th. We will update the information on the website with a schedule for completion once it has been received from the contractor.

Where:

Construction and renovation projects are underway at Radium Hot Springs. Ongoing work is currently impacting the restaurant / gift shop, pedestrian bridge and walkways, roof top patio, parts of the grounds and some areas throughout the aquacourt building. 

Why:

  • Protect a federally designated heritage building (FHBRO designated) and pool facilities for future generations of Canadians to enjoy. 
  • Ensure facility meets current building codes and safety requirements 
  • Reduce environmental footprint using modern heating technology 
  • To improve accessibility and modernize services at Radium Hot Springs 
  • Improve habitat for Rubber Boas, a snake species of special concern

When:

Renovation of the roof top patio is expected to be complete late June/early July. Replacement of the pedestrian access ramp will begin this summer. Parks Canada will make every effort to minimize the disturbance to visitors.

What:

Expect some visible construction and temporary closures to sections of the facility while work is completed. 

Until the roof top patio reopens, for the safety of our visitors, the final 400 m of the Redstreak Campground trail between the Radium Hot Springs pools and the Place of Silence, the pedestrian access ramp and small parking lot on the south side of Hwy 93 South are currently closed. 

Due to ongoing construction, there are currently no public washrooms, café or gift shop services at Radium Hot Springs. Washroom and change room facilities remain available for pool patrons. 

Once construction is complete, Parks Canada will issue a request for proposal for concessionaires interested in renting the café space. Patrons looking for snacks and meals are encouraged to visit the numerous restaurants in the Village of Radium Hot Springs (3 km west of the Radium Hot Springs pools). A list of businesses is available on the Tourism Radium website. 

Visitor safety is Parks Canada’s top priority. Please respect all closed signs.

Projects include:

Restaurant / Gift Shop renovation 
  • Renovate diner space 
  • Replace all mechanical and electrical systems 
  • Create a new floor plan for the space
  • Planned Completion: Construction complete. Contract tenure for new concessionaire to be posted summer 2017. 
Mechanical and electrical system upgrades 
  • Replace out-dated and inefficient mechanical and electrical components in the main building and swimming pools with new energy efficient technology 
  • Upgrade geothermal building heating and domestic hot water systems 
  • Replace all water pipes and valves 
  • Replace one emergency power generator 
  • Replace the de-chlorination system 
  • Enhance the fire sprinkler system
  • Planned Completion: June 2017
Pedestrian bridge, walkway structural repairs and grounds improvement 
  • Replace the pedestrian ramp from small parking lot 
  • Replace the deck on north entrance pedestrian bridge 
  • Structural repairs to upper retaining wall next to hot pool 
  • Landscaping and outdoor lighting Improvements
  • Planned Completion: 2017
Roof-top patio 
  • Multi-phased project 
  • Includes replacing sundeck and pool level roofs, repairing water damage
  • Planned Completion: June 2017

Total investment at Radium Hot Springs: $5.7 Million

 

For more information

Lindsay McPherson
Public Relations and Communications Officer
Phone: 250-347-6153
Email: lindsay.mcpherson@pc.gc.ca