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

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)
Since 2015, Parks Canada has re-paved 80% of 230 km on the Icefields Parkway, rebuilt the Silverhorn Campground and the Mistaya Canyon parking lot among other projects. Further improvements are underway. Check Alberta 511 for the most current information. Reminder: All drivers on the Icefields Parkway require a valid park pass. 

Mistaya Canyon restrooms

Where: Located at Mistaya Canyon (5 km south of Saskatchewan River Crossing)
When: Fall 2019
What: Restrooms will be installed at the Mistaya Canyon parking lot.

Traffic: Part of the parking lot will close for safety while work is underway. Mistaya Canyon trail will remain open.

Peyto Lake day use area closure (anticipated)

Where: Located at Peyto Lake (45 km north of Lake Louise and 35 km south of Saskatchewan River Crossing)
When: Mid-August
What: The entire day use area, including parking lots, restrooms, trails and viewing platforms, will be closed while the restrooms are replaced and the parking lots reconfigured for improved traffic flow and increased capacity. Note: This project is at a preliminary stage and construction timelines are not yet confirmed. Updates will be provided.

Traffic: No impacts.

Improvements on the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1)
Since 2015, Parks Canada has re-paved 38% of 82 km of the Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park, improved almost 50 km of wildlife fence and completed maintenance on three wildlife underpasses. Check Alberta 511 or dial 511 (inside Alberta only) for the most current information.

Paving and concrete barrier replacement

Where: Trans-Canada Highway between the Bow Valley Parkway exit and Redearth Creek trailhead (km 23 to 37)
When: May and June 2019
What: Parks Canada is paving and replacing concrete barriers.

Traffic: Expect speed and lane reductions in the eastbound lanes, 24 hours a day 7 days a week until July including long weekends. Expect delays and plan ahead.

Improvements on the Bow Valley Parkway (Highway 1A)
Major road resurfacing and culvert replacement/repair work has begun on the 17 km southeastern section of the Bow Valley Parkway (Highway 1A). Check Alberta 511 for the most current information.

Road resurfacing and culvert replacement/repair work

Starting spring 2019, major road resurfacing and culvert replacement/repair work will begin on the 17 km southeastern section of the Bow Valley Parkway (Highway 1A) to improve the roadway. Access to Johnston Canyon and commercial businesses along the parkway will be maintained via Castle Junction. Check Alberta 511 for the most current information.

Construction at day use areas and other sites

Spring 2019: April through June

Spring 2019: April through June

Banff area

Tunnel Mountain Campground Village I: In order to facilitate utility upgrades and site restoration, the campground will be closed until late June 2019. The campground is expected to reopen July 2019.

Johnston Canyon Campground: Utility upgrades and site restoration will continue through summer 2019. The campground will be closed until work is complete. Check back for more information.

Tunnel Mountain Summit Trailhead: Work begins to renew the lower and upper trailheads, including the addition of rock work, stairs, fencing and retaining walls. Access to the trail will be maintained during construction.

Sulphur Mountain Parking Lot: Paving and traffic reconfiguration work to the Sulphur Mountain Parking lot will continue until late June 2019. Access to the Banff Gondola, Banff Upper Hot Springs, and Sulphur Mountain trailhead will be maintained throughout the construction period.

Spray trailhead: Ashphalt repair will be completed before June 21.

Minnewanka Scenic Drive Loop: Several construction projects are planned for the Lake Minnewanka Loop throughout the summer, which will improve the road and day use areas significantly. Single lane, alternating traffic will allow access to Lake Minnewanka. This work includes improvements to the Two Jack Day-use parking lot, Lake Minnewanka parking lots, and Minnewanka Dive Area. Road work will occur on Bumpy Meadows. Expect some traffic delays during construction. A new parking configuration will be put in place at the Minnewanka Day-use area, so plan ahead when visiting the area.

Juniper Way: Paving will occur at the entrance of Juniper Way, off of Mt. Norquay Road. Expect some traffic delays.

Sunshine Road: Road repair and culvert work will occur on Sunshine Road. Expect minor traffic delays.

Lake Louise area

Lake Louise Visitor Centre will be closed for interior renovations January until late June 2019. Information services and public restrooms will be provided from temporary facilities in the Samson Mall parking lot. The Visitor Centre is scheduled to reopen in late July. 

Hamlet of Lake Louise – Aging water and sewer pipes in the Lake Louise village will be replaced in 2019 on Village Road and part of Fairview Road. Routine bridge maintenance will also take place at several locations. Significant impact to shuttle services in Lake Louise are not anticipated. Traffic flow will be maintained at all times but delays are possible. Plan ahead and leave some extra time in your travels.

The Pipestone and Mud Lake trails will be closed while water main and reservoir upgrades are underway. The area will reopen for winter 2019/20.

Skoki Lodge National Historic Site will remain open while restoration work takes place on several historic cabins. A tent camp will be set up to accommodate restoration crew and lodge employees. Skoki Lodge will remain open.

Summer 2019: July and August

Summer 2019: July and August

Peyto Lake Day Use Area (mid-August) will close including parking lots, restrooms, trails and viewing platforms, while the restrooms are replaced and the parking lots reconfigured for improved traffic flow and increased capacity. Note: Timelines may change. Updates will be provided.

Hamlet of Lake Louise – Aging water and sewer pipes in the Lake Louise village will be replaced in 2019 on Village Road and part of Fairview Road. Routine bridge maintenance will also take place at several locations. Significant impact to shuttle services in Lake Louise are not anticipated. Traffic flow will be maintained at all times but delays are possible. Plan ahead and leave some extra time in your travels.

Lake Louise Visitor Centre will be closed for interior renovations January until late June 2019. Information services and public restrooms will be provided from temporary facilities in the Samson Mall parking lot. The Visitor Centre is scheduled to reopen in late July. 

The Pipestone and Mud Lake trails will be closed while water main and reservoir upgrades are underway. The area will reopen for winter 2019/20.

Skoki Lodge National Historic Site will remain open while restoration work takes place on several historic cabins. A tent camp will be set up to accommodate restoration crew and lodge employees. Skoki Lodge will remain open.

Fall 2019: September through November

Fall 2019: September through November

Peyto Lake Day Use Area will close including parking lots, restrooms, trails and viewing platforms, while the restrooms are replaced and the parking lots reconfigured for improved traffic flow and increased capacity. Note: Timelines may change. Updates will be provided.

Hamlet of Lake Louise – Aging water and sewer pipes in the Lake Louise village will be replaced in 2019 on Village Road and part of Fairview Road. Significant impact to shuttle services in Lake Louise are not anticipated. Routine bridge maintenance will also take place at several locations. Traffic flow will be maintained at all times but delays are possible. Plan ahead and leave some extra time in your travels.

The Pipestone and Mud Lake trails will be closed while water main and reservoir upgrades are underway. The area will reopen for winter 2019/20.

Skoki Lodge National Historic Site will remain open while restoration work takes place on several historic cabins. A tent camp will be set up to accommodate restoration crew and lodge employees. Skoki Lodge will remain open.

Mount Norquay Road: Improvements will be made to Mount Norquay Road in the Fenlands area. Expect some traffic delays and single lane access. Work will continue from September 4 through October 25, 2019.

Parking lot projects: Paving and gravel work is planned for the following parking lots: Spray Trailhead, ValleyView, 5 Mile, Redearth and Bourgeau.

Other national parks nearby

Construction in the village of Lake Louise

Construction details for the village of Lake Louise
A large investment is underway in the Lake Louise area to improve roads, bridges, utilities and the Visitor Centre while safeguarding ecological integrity. All businesses will remain open and no significant impact is expected to transit or shuttle services. Delays for motorists are possible. As always, leave a little extra time in your itinerary and plan ahead.

What's happening?

In 2019 a number of construction projects will take place in the Lake Louise village area. This work will repair infrastructure, increase safety, improve visitor experience and safeguard ecological integrity in the Village of Lake Louise. Here’s a snapshot of what to expect:

  • Water and sewer line replacement - Aging water and sewer lines will be replaced on Village Road between Hector Road at the Medical Clinic and the Lake Louise Sport and Recreation Centre. Some work will also take place on Fairview Road across from the 4-2 Residence.
  • Visitor Centre interior renovation - The public portion of the inside of the Lake Louise Visitor Centre is being renovated to better serve visitors.
  • Bridge maintenance - Routine bridge maintenance will take place on Village Road (2 locations), Sentinel Road, at the Lake Louise Campground, and on Lake Louise Drive over the Bow River.
  • Traffic light installation - Traffic lights will be installed at one or more key intersections in the fall to reduce congestion, improve the sense of arrival, and make it easier and safer for both vehicles and pedestrians to navigate the village.
  • Pipestone and Mud Lake trails – A water reservoir is being replaced and a new water main installed in the Pipestone area to improve fire safety for the Village of Lake Louise.

What you need to know

  • No significant impacts to transit or shuttle services are expected. Delays for motorists are possible. As always, plan your accommodation and site-seeing well in advance and leave some extra time in your travels.
  • Water and sewer line replacement work on Village Road and Fairview Road will proceed in stages. Traffic flow will be maintained at all times and shuttle services will not be affected. Delays are possible. Plan ahead and leave some extra time in your travels.
  • The Visitor Centre is scheduled to reopen at the end of July. While the Visitor Centre is closed for renovations, information services and public restrooms will continue to be provided from temporary facilities in the Samson Mall parking lot.
  • Pipestone trails are closed to hiking, biking and horseback riding. Public parking is not permitted on Slate Road due to increased construction traffic. Mountain bikers can explore other local trails or those in nearby Yoho National Park. Skiing will resume in December 2019.
  • 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 minimise 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: 403-522-4230
Email: amy.krause@canada.ca


What to know before you visit

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