When visiting or driving through Banff National Park, you may encounter one or more construction zones. To help you plan your visit, please see below for a list of current and upcoming projects. For information about Alberta highway conditions visit 511 Alberta, call 1-855-391-9743 toll-free, or dial 511 (inside Alberta only). For British Columbia highway conditions visit Drive BC or call 1-800-550-4997 toll-free.

Parks Canada’s federal infrastructure investment program

Parks Canada’s federal infrastructure investment program

Announced in 2015, 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 making our infrastructure safer and more appealing to visitors.

A significant amount of Parks Canada’s existing 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 provide an improved visitor experience for the almost five million visitors to the mountain national parks each year, while protecting the ecological and cultural integrity of our national treasures.

As one of the largest federal custodians, Parks Canada manages a variety of real property and infrastructure assets. In Banff National Park, the infrastructure portfolio is wide-ranging and includes assets such as highways, bridges, contemporary and historic buildings, trails, campgrounds, water and wastewater treatment facilities, visitor centres and operations compounds.

Construction projects in the mountain national parks

This is not an exhaustive list of infrastructure projects underway. Only projects that may impact visitors are listed. 

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Construction on park highways

Parks Canada is investing millions of dollars in projects along the Trans-Canada Highway, Bow Valley Parkway, and Icefields Parkway to ensure safe and reliable roadways, and better experiences for visitors. Paving and road construction projects have been planned in a way that will minimize disruption to visitors and residents as much as possible.  

Plan ahead. For road conditions and current highway construction in Alberta, visit Alberta 511 or dial 511 (inside Alberta only). For highways in British Columbia, visit Drive BC or call 1-800-550-4997.

Improvements on the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93N)

Expect cumulative delays of up to 20 minutes between Saskatchewan River Crossing and the town of Jasper until the end of December.

Culvert replacement 

Where: Located at km 102 (26 km north of Saskatchewan River Crossing) and km 84 (8 km north of Saskatchewan River Crossing)
When: Late September - end of season, weather permitting. 

Traffic impacts: A minimum of one lane of traffic will be maintained. Expect speed reductions to 50 km/hr, traffic control personnel, and delays up to 20 minutes.

  

Improvements on the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1)

Expect only minor delays due to occasional speed reduction zones.

Wildlife exclusion fencing replacement

When: April through November. Seven days per week, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. excluding spring/summer long weekends.
Legacy Trail: The trail will remain open, but short detours may be in place.
Vermilion Lakes Road: Expect brief stoppages for construction equipment access and potential temporary detour routes that may require cyclists to dismount. Please follow signage in these areas. 

Traffic impacts: Crews will be working off of roadways. Expect periodic closures of highway shoulders and brief stoppages for equipment transfer.

Improvements on the Bow Valley Parkway (Highway 1A)

A portion of the west end of the Bow Valley Parkway is closed for the winter. An alternate route is available. Baker Creek Chalets are open.

Reconstruction of the roadway

Where: The retaining walls at Morant's Curve, located 7 km west of Baker Creek Chalets and about 4 km east of the junction with Whitehorn Road near the village of Lake Louise. This work will improve the safety of the roadway for motorists and cyclists.
When: October 2 - June 2018. Work will be underway seven days per week from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Traffic impacts: A portion of the west end of the Bow Valley Parkway will be closed, between Whitehorn Road and just west of Baker Creek. Baker Creek Chalets remain open and accessible via Castle Junction, 30 km west of the town of Banff. All facilities along the Bow Valley Parkway will remain open during the fall construction period, except those in the area closure including: Corral Creek Day Use Area and Morant’s Curve Viewpoint.

Construction at the Cascades of Time Garden

Like all gardens and infrastructure, the Cascades of Time Garden require care and maintenance.

Cascades of Time Garden rehabilitation

The historic Reflecting and Cretaceous ponds will be restored to once again hold water. The areas surrounding the ponds will be restricted to construction crews as they continue their work until the anticipated completion of the project in late 2017. When completed, visitors will enjoy a rejuvenated garden with operating ponds.

 


What to know before you visit

When visiting or driving through Banff National Park, you may encounter one or more construction zones. Trip planning information is available by visiting: