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

Parks Canada will invest $3 billion over 5 years to support infrastructure improvements 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.

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 visitor experience for the almost five million visitors to the mountain national parks each year.

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 highways

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.

Trans-Canada Highway

Lake Louise Park and Ride

A westbound acceleration lane will be added at this location to allow for safer left hand turning from the parking lot and merging onto the Trans-Canada Highway.

  • Location: 8 km east of the Village of Lake Louise
  • Estimated Completion: June 2020
  • Traffic Impacts: Monday to Saturday during daylight hours. No work on long weekends. Expect speed reductions, occasional lane closures and delays up to 20 minutes in peak periods. Access to the parking lot will be maintained.

Slope repairs

Rehabilitation to prevent slope erosion.

  • Location: 8 km west of Castle Junction
  • Estimated Completion: May 2020
  • Traffic Impacts: Work underway 7 days per week during daylight hours. No work on long weekends. Expect speed reductions, occasional lane reductions and delays up to 20 minutes in peak periods.
Bow Valley Parkway

Bow Valley Parkway pavement rehabilitation

Routine maintenance and repairs to improve motorist safety.

  • Location: From Castle Junction west to Whitehorn Drive
  • Estimated dates: May 19 to June 5, 2020 – Castle Junction to Baker Creek; May 22 to June 5 – Baker Creek to Whitehorn Drive
  • Traffic impacts: Work underway 7 days per week during daylight hours. No work on long weekends. Expect speed reductions, occasional single lane alternating traffic and delays up to 20 minutes.
Highway 93 South

Boom Lake Eastbound Brake Check

The eastbound brake check will be expanded to improve the layout of the location and accommodate commercial transport.

  • Location: Highway 93 South, 1 km east of Boom Lake day use area
  • Estimated Dates: June to November 2020
  • Traffic Impacts: Work underway 7 days per week during daylight hours. No work on long weekends. Expect speed reductions, occasional lane reductions and delays up to 20 minutes in peak periods.
Icefields Parkway

Pavement Rehabilitation and Maintenance

Routine maintenance and repairs to improve motorist safety.

  • Location: various sections
  • Estimated Dates: June to September 2020
  • Traffic Impacts: Work underway 7 days per week during daylight hours. No work on long weekends. Expect speed reductions, occasional single lane alternating traffic and delays up to 20 minutes in peak periods.

Nigel Creek bridge rehabilitation

To replace aging infrastructure and improve motorist safety.

  • Location: Highway 93N, 30 km north of Saskatchewan River Crossing
  • Estimated dates: May to November 2020
  • Traffic impacts: Work underway 7 days per week during daylight hours. No work on long weekends. Expect speed reductions, occasional single lane alternating traffic and delays up to 20 minutes in peak periods. 

Construction at day use areas and other sites

The Peyto Lake day use area, including the viewpoint, viewing platform, parking lots, restrooms and access road, are closed until August 2021. Plan ahead and explore other places.

Spring 2020: April to June

Lake Louise and Icefields Parkway areas

Note: Moraine Lake Road remains closed until further notice. Lake Louise Drive remains open.

Lake Louise Drive – Estimated completion end of June 2020 – Traffic lights are being installed on the westbound exit ramp to Lake Louise and at the first four-way stop on Lake Louise Drive and Village Road. No significant disruptions are expected. As always, motorists should plan ahead for potential delays during peak periods. The traffic lights will help reduce congestion and improve pedestrian safety. Traffic flagging may still be required during peak periods.

Moraine Lake Restrooms – Estimated completion August 2020 – New restrooms will be installed at Moraine Lake this year. Temporary restrooms will be provided. 

Peyto Lake and Bow Summit – Estimated completion August 2021 – The entire Peyto Lake day use area is closed for rehabilitation until late 2020. Entry is strictly prohibited to allow work to proceed efficiently and safely. It will not be possible to see Peyto Lake in 2020. We encourage visitors to take this opportunity to explore other Parks Canada places.

Lake Louise Visitor Centre – Estimated completion TBD – New interior displays are being designed for the Lake Louise Visitor Centre to welcome and serve visitors. Timelines are to be determined. Structural renovations are complete and the restrooms are open.

Summer 2020: July and August

Lake Louise and Icefields Parkway areas

Moraine Lake Restrooms – Estimated completion August 2020 – New restrooms will be installed at Moraine Lake this year. Temporary restrooms will be provided.

Peyto Lake and Bow Summit – Estimated completion August 2021 – The entire Peyto Lake day use area will be closed for rehabilitation from late spring 2020 until winter 2020. Entry is strictly prohibited to allow work to proceed efficiently and safely. It will not be possible to see Peyto Lake in 2020. We encourage visitors to take this opportunity to explore other Parks Canada places.

Lake Louise Visitor Centre – Estimated completion TBD – New interior displays are being designed for the Lake Louise Visitor Centre to welcome and serve visitors. Timelines are to be determined. Structural renovations are complete and the restrooms are open.

Fall 2020: September to November

Lake Louise and Icefields Parkway areas

Hamlet of Lake Louise – Estimated completion November 2020 – Excavation to replace aging water and sewer pipes in the Lake Louise village will take place on Sentinel Road and Pipestone roads. Traffic flow will be maintained at all times but delays are possible.

  • Visiting Lake Louise

Peyto Lake and Bow Summit – Estimated completion August 2021 – The entire Peyto Lake day use area will be closed for rehabilitation from late spring 2020 until winter 2020. Entry is strictly prohibited to allow work to proceed efficiently and safely. It will not be possible to see Peyto Lake until August 2021. We encourage visitors to take this opportunity to explore other Parks Canada places.

Lake Louise Visitor Centre – Estimated completion TBD – New interior displays are being designed for the Lake Louise Visitor Centre to welcome and serve visitors. Timelines are to be determined. Structural renovations are complete and the restrooms are open.

Other national parks nearby

Construction in the village of Lake Louise

Construction details for the village of Lake Louise
Note: Improvements in the Lake Louise area continue in 2020. All businesses are free to operate as Alberta Public Health guidelines permit. No construction disruptions are expected. Delays for motorists are possible. As always, leave a little extra time in your itinerary and plan ahead.

Construction projects in the village of Lake Louise 2020

What's happening?

In 2020, Parks Canada continues improvements in the Lake Louise village area. This work is repairing infrastructure, increasing safety, improving visitor experience and safeguarding ecological integrity. Here’s a snapshot of what to expect:

  • Water and sewer line replacement - Aging water and sewer lines will be excavated and replaced on Sentinel and Pipestone roads.
  • Visitor Centre interior renovation - Structural renovations are complete and the restrooms are open. Interior displays will follow in the future. 
  • Traffic light installation - Traffic flow will be improved and traffic lights will be installed at the westbound entrance ramp to Lake Louise and at the intersection of Lake Louise Drive and Village Road (i.e. the first 4-way stop). This work will reduce congestion, improve the sense of arrival, and make it easier and safer for both vehicles and pedestrians to navigate the village.
  • Campground service building - A new service building is under construction in the Lake Louise hard-sided campground to consolidate service and utility storage and free the campground kiosk to provide dedicated visitor services. 
  • New restrooms at Moraine Lake – New and additional restrooms will be installed at Moraine Lake. Temporary restrooms will be provided.

What you need to know

  • Delays for motorists are possible. As always, plan in advance and leave extra time in your schedule to allow for changes.
  • Parks Canada has been investing an unprecedented $3 billion dollars over 5 years to support infrastructure work within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. These investments represent the largest federal infrastructure plan in the history of Parks Canada.
  • Construction timelines are subject to change. Updates will be provided as timelines are confirmed. Every effort will be made to minimize disruption and safety is our top priority.

Questions? Give us a call

Amy Krause, Public Relations and Communications Officer
Lake Louise, Yoho, Kootenay - Parks Canada
Telephone: 403-760-4500
Email: amy.krause@canada.ca


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: