Parks Canada's federal infrastructure investment program

Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion dollars over 5 years to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada.

This year marks the fifth year of the five-year infrastructure renewal program. This historic investment supports conservation while promoting visitor experience and making our infrastructure safer and more appealing to visitors.

When visiting or driving through Jasper National Park, you may encounter one or more construction zones or reduced services while we complete this important work.

Infrastructure projects in Jasper National Park

Consult the following list of current infrastructure projects in Jasper National Park to see if any road or facility work might impact your trip. Please plan ahead before you travel to avoid inconvenience.

Whistlers Campground is closed for re-development

With Whistlers Campground closed, demand will be higher during summer.

Demand is heaviest from June through September, with July and August being the busiest. To avoid disappointment, make sure you have a camping reservation before coming to Jasper National Park.

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of infrastructure projects underway in Jasper National Park. Only projects that may impact visitors are listed.


Infrastructure project - Closure

Whistlers Campground is closed for re-development

Parks Canada is excited with the work we have planned for the reconstruction of Whistlers Campground; Jasper’s largest campground with 781 campsites.

When Whistler’s Campground reopens, visitors will be greeted with a new registration centre, 17 new combined washroom and shower facilities throughout the campground, improved campsites, and wider roads for two-way traffic. Underground services, including water, sewer and electrical systems are also being replaced and existing campsites will be equipped with more 50 Amp capable power sites.

Investments in visitor infrastructure, such as at Whistlers Campground, will ensure the quality and reliability of visitor facilities and continue to allow Canadians to connect with nature.

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Infrastructure project - Visitor impact

Pavement marking work on Highway 93A

Jasper, Alberta, September 17, 2019 – Beginning on September 17, 2019, Parks Canada is starting pavement marking work on Highway 93A.

What to expect:
  • Motorists can expect single-lane alternating traffic and delays of up to 10 minutes with traffic control personnel on site.
  • Work is expected to continue until September 23, 2019, weather-permitting.

As early as September 23, 2019, motorists can also expect to see brushing work along Highway 93A for approximately one week. No traffic impacts are expected.

For the most up-to-date road information, check www.511.alberta.ca or dial 511 (Alberta) and visit the infrastructure web page for Jasper National Park.

The safety of motorists and workers is Parks Canada’s primary concern. Please respect traffic control personnel and obey all posted road signs and reduced speed zones.

Rock slope stabilization on Highway 16 West

Jasper, Alberta, September 12, 2019 – Parks Canada continues rock slope stabilization work to improve visitor safety along highways 16 West (Yellowhead Highway), approximately 12 kilometres west of the Jasper Townsite, near the Meadow Creek Bridge in Jasper National Park. Work is expected to continue into the fall.

On Friday, September 13, 2019, Highway 16 West will be closed for up to one hour between 1 pm and 2 pm for blasting.

What to expect:
  • Work will occur daily from 6 am and 8 pm, up to seven days a week.
  • Motorists can expect to encounter a 2-km controlled traffic zone with speed reductions and single-lane alternating traffic with delays up to 30 minutes at the work site.
  • Ninety minutes road closures can be expected once a week to accommodate larger blasts. These closures will scheduled ahead of time with 7 days advance notice, check www.511.alberta.ca or dial 511 before heading to your destination.
  • Work is expected to continue until the end of October 2019, weather permitting.

The safety of motorists and workers is Parks Canada’s primary concern. Please respect traffic control personnel and obey all posted road signs and reduced speed zones. Thank you for your patience while we improve the national park experience and safeguard these special places for the future. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Rock slope stabilization on Highway 93 North (Icefields Parkway)

Jasper, Alberta, September 12, 2019 – Parks Canada continues rock slope stabilization work to improve visitor safety along highway 93 North, approximately 100 kilometres south of the Jasper Townsite, near the Glacier Skywalk, in Jasper National Park. Work is expected to continue into the fall.

What to expect:
  • Work will occur daily from 6 am and 8 pm, up to seven days a week.
  • Motorists can expect to encounter speed reductions at the work site and road closures with traffic with delays up to 30 minutes before 10 am and after 7:30 pm
  • Ninety minutes road closures can be expected once a week to accommodate larger blasts. These closures will scheduled ahead of time with 7 days advance notice, check www.511.alberta.ca or dial 511 before heading to your destination.
  • Work is expected to continue until the end of September 2019, weather permitting.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work to improve these visitor services. The safety of motorists and workers is of utmost importance to Parks Canada. Please respect traffic control personnel and obey all posted road signs and reduced speed zones.

Highway safety measures at Jasper Lake

Parks Canada will begin work to widen Highway 16 at Jasper Lake in Jasper National Park. This important highway project will ensure a safer experience for visitors to enjoy this popular park location. Construction is expected to begin as early as June 5, 2019.

Highway 16 at Jasper Lake will be widened to create turning lanes and a parking area. With designated parking, Parks Canada can encourage people to stay in designated visitor zones and away from sensitive ecological areas. This work will improve access to Jasper Lake, while improving public safety and protecting sensitive features.

The safety of motorists and workers is Parks Canada’s primary concern. Please respect traffic control personnel and obey all posted road signs and reduced speed zones.

Passing lane construction on Highway 16

Beginning today, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, Parks Canada is undertaking the construction of a new eastbound and a westbound passing lane on Highway 16, starting at approximately 20 km east of Jasper Townsite. Work will mostly take place off the existing highway, maintaining two-way traffic.

What to expect:
  • There will be two-way traffic (east and westbound) with speed reductions to 50 km/h in work zones and traffic control personnel on site. Expect delays of up to 20 minutes.
  • Work will occur daily from 6 am to 10 pm, up to seven days a week.
  • Work is expected to continue until the end of October of 2019.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work to improve visitor safety. The safety of motorists and workers is of utmost importance to Parks Canada. Please respect traffic control personnel and obey all posted road signs and reduced speed zones.

Bridge Rehabilitation on Highway 16 – Meadow Creek Bridge

Parks Canada will resume work to replace the Meadow Creek Bridge – approximately 12 kilometres west of the Jasper townsite on Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) as early as April 29, 2019.

What to expect:
  • Two-way traffic will be maintained (eastbound and westbound) until early May.
  • Expect single lane alternating traffic in work zones until August 2019. Traffic will be managed with a combination of flaggers and automated lights.
  • Work will occur from 7 am to 10 pm, seven days a week.
  • Speed reductions to 30 km/h can be expected in work zones with traffic control personnel on site.
  • Delays will vary according to intensity of construction and volume of traffic. Be prepared to stop.
  • The Elysium Pass, Virl, Dorothy and Christine Lakes Trailhead will be closed until construction is complete.
  • Work is expected to continue until November 2019.

The safety of motorists and workers is Parks Canada’s primary concern. Please respect traffic control personnel and obey all posted road signs and reduced speed zones.


A great trip starts with good planning:

Give yourself extra time to reach your destination. Expect delays and plan for your own comfort. If you can, plan your travel for early in the day or in the evening when traffic volumes are lower.

Road report and other important information

Follow these links for up-to-date information on road construction and delays: