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

Construction on highways will resume in spring 2020. 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.

Construction at day use areas and other sites

The Peyto Lake viewpoint, viewing platform and upper parking lot are closed until winter 2020. The lower parking lot, restrooms and access road will close in spring 2020 until winter 2020. Plan ahead and explore other places in 2020.

Caution: The Peyto Lake viewing platform deck has been removed and only the pilings and joists remain. Due to these invisible hazards buried under snow, the viewpoint is closed. Barriers have been erected for safety and it is dangerous to enter this closed area.

Winter 2019 to 2020: November through April

Winter 2019 to 2020: November through April

Lake Louise and Icefields Parkway areas

Hamlet of Lake Louise – Aging water and sewer pipes in the Lake Louise village are being replaced. No disruptions are expected. /p>

Pipestone and Mud Lake - This trail network is closed while water main and reservoir upgrades are underway. The area will reopen for January 2020.

Peyto Lake and Bow Summit - The Peyto Lake viewpoint, viewing platform and upper parking lot are closed until winter 2020. The lower parking lot, restrooms and access road will close in spring 2020 until winter 2020.

Spring and summer 2020: May through August

Spring and summer 2020: May through August

Hamlet of Lake Louise – Aging water and sewer pipes in the Lake Louise village will be replaced in 2020 on Sentinel Road and part of Village Road and Fairview Road. Routine bridge maintenance will also take place at three locations. Impacts 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.

Moraine Lake Restrooms - New restrooms will be installed at Moraine Lake in spring and summer 2020. Temporary restrooms will be provided. Impacts to shuttle services are not anticipated.

Peyto Lake and Bow Summit – The entire Peyto Lake day use area will be closed for rehabilitation from 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 – New interior displays will be installed at the Lake Louise Visitor Centre to welcome and serve visitors. Structural renovations are complete and the restrooms are open.

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Construction in the village of Lake Louise

Construction details for the village of Lake Louise
Note: There have been recent improvements in the Lake Louise area to roads, bridges, utilities and the Visitor Centre. This work continues in 2020. All businesses 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 2020, Parks Canada will continue improvements 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 Sentinel Road and on part of Village Road and Fairview Road.
  • Visitor Centre interior renovation - New interior displays will be installed at the Lake Louise Visitor Centre to welcome and serve visitors. Structural renovations are complete and the restrooms are open.
  • Bridge maintenance - Routine bridge maintenance will be completed on Village Road (2 locations) and on Lake Louise Drive over the Bow River.
  • Traffic light installation - Traffic flow will be improved and traffic lights will be installed at one or more key intersections to 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 will be constructed in the Lake Louise hard-sided campground to consolidate service and utility storage and free the campground kiosk to provide dedicated visitor services.
  • Pipestone and Mud Lake trails – A new water reservoir and a new water main in the Pipestone area will 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 Sentinel Road, Village Road and Fairview Road will proceed in stages. Traffic flow will be maintained but delays are possible. Plan ahead and leave some extra time in your travels.
  • We anticipate that Pipestone are trails will reopen to skiing in mid-January 2020.
  • 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

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