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Kootenay National Park

Parks Canada’s Infrastructure Program

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. 

Infrastructure Projects in Kootenay National Park

For a list of infrastructure 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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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.

Where: Construction and renovation projects will occur at Radium Hot Springs, located in Kootenay National Park. Ongoing work will impact 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: Construction and renovations will continue daily throughout 2016 and 2017. Parks Canada will make every effort to minimize the disturbance to visitors, however, some temporary closures may be required.

What: Expect some visible construction, noise and closures to sections of the facility while work is completed. Some walkways and stairs will be closed and pedestrian traffic will be redirected. The Redstreak Campground trail will also be closed

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

Projects include:

Restaurant / Gift Shop renovation 

  • Create themed diner 
  • Replace all mechanical and electrical systems 
  • Create a new floor plan for the space
  • Planned Completion: January 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: May 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: April 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