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 recognize the impact this closure has had on many of our visitors and appreciate your patience as we work to restore safe access as quickly as possible. 

Demolition of the existing pedestrian access ramp is complete. Construction of a new ramp will continue throughout the early fall. Parks Canada anticipates restoring disabled access to the Radium Hot Springs aquacourt by the end of October. 

Where:

Construction and renovation projects are underway at Radium Hot Springs. Ongoing work is currently impacting the pedestrian bridge and walkways, 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 
  • To improve accessibility and modernize services at Radium Hot Springs
  • Improve habitat for Rubber Boas, a snake species of special concern

 When:

  • Demolition of the existing pedestrian access ramp is complete. Following the ramp’s demolition, changes to the proposed engineering designs were identified. These changes will result in delays to the published timelines for completion. Parks Canada anticipates restoring disabled access to the Radium Hot Springs aquacourt in January 2018. 
  • From September 5 until the end of October, hot spring water will be diverted into the swimming pool (known locally as the “cool pool”). During this time, the shallow soaking pool (known locally as the “hot pool”) will be closed while construction occurs on the retaining wall directly above the “hot pool”.
  • There will be no “cool pool” while this work is completed. For current hours of operation please visit hotsprings.ca
  • From September 5 until mid-December, the loading zone / passenger drop-off area on Hwy 93 S and pedestrian bridge to the front entrance of the aquacourt building will be closed to facilitate construction on a new ramp and replacement bridge.  
  • Renovation of the roof top patio is complete and the day-use area is open to visitors. Parks Canada anticipates issuing a request for proposals for a concessionaire to operate the restaurant / gift shop space in the early fall. 

What:

Parks Canada continues to make every effort to minimize the disturbance on site, however, visitors should anticipate seeing some visible construction in areas of the facility. 

Throughout the fall of 2017, Parks Canada will:

  • repair the north retaining wall, directly above the shallow soaking pool (known locally as the “hot pool”),
  • replace the existing pedestrian bridge at the front of the aquacourt building,
  • construct a second pedestrian ramp leading from the loading zone / passenger drop off area on Hwy 93 South to the main entrance of the Radium Hot Springs Aquacourt building, and
  • create additional handicapped parking in the loading zone / passenger drop-off area.

The contract to operate the café and gift shop concession will be put to tender during the fall of 2017. Anyone interested in operating the food and beverage and gift shop concession at the Radium Hot Springs pools may contact us in advance and ask to be advised with the tender package is released to the public. 

Please contact: Julian England, Chief Operating Officer, 

Canadian Rockies Hot Springs 

250-347-2128 

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:

Roof-top patio 
  • Multi-phased project 
  • Includes replacing sundeck and pool level roofs, repairing water damage
  • Complete
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 fall 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: substantially complete
Pedestrian access ramp from small parking lot to the hot springs aquacourt 
  • Demolish and replace existing ramp
  • Incorporate enhanced snowmelt system in new ramp construction to improve winter accessibility 
  • Planned completion:January 2018
Main pedestrian bridge, walkway structural repairs and grounds improvement 
  • Replace the north entrance pedestrian bridge 
  • Structural repairs to upper retaining wall above the shallow soaking pool (“hot pool”) 
  • Add second pedestrian access ramp and additional disabled parking spots in current loading zone / passenger drop off-area area
  • Incorporate enhanced snowmelt system in new ramp construction to improve winter accessibility 
  • Landscaping and outdoor lighting improvements
  • Planned completion: Ramp, retaining wall and bridge – December 2017;
                                         Landscaping and lighting – spring 2018

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