What to know before you visit

Over the next five years, Parks Canada will invest $2.6 billion to rehabilitate infrastructure assets 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.

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

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

Infrastructure projects in Jasper National Park

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

Intersection Improvements on Highway 16 at Hazel Ave

August 3, 2017 – Beginning on August 8, 2017, Parks Canada is undertaking intersection improvements on Highway 16 at Hazel Ave.

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;
  • Work will occur from 6 am - 10 pm, seven days a week with no work on long weekends (from 10 pm on the Thursday before the long weekend until 6 am on the Tuesday after the long weekend);
  • Work is expected to continue until mid-September 2017, 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.

Paving on Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) from Kerkeslin Campground to Sunwapta Falls

July 18, 2017 – Beginning on July 20, 2017, Parks Canada is undertaking safety improvements, including paving, on a 20-kilometre section of Highway 93 beginning just north of Kerkeslin Campground (approximately 33 km south of the Jasper townsite) and continuing to just north of Sunwapta Falls (approximately 53 km south of the Jasper townsite).

What to expect:

  • Motorists can expect single-lane alternating traffic;
  • Speed reductions to 50 km/h can be expected in work zones with traffic control personnel on site. Be prepared to stop. Expect delays of up to 20 minutes;
  • Work will occur from 6 pm - 7 am, seven days a week. No work will occur on long weekends (from 7 pm on the Thursday before the long weekend until 7 am on the Tuesday after the long weekend);
  • Work will be completed in mid-September 2017, weather-permitting;
  • Visitors staying overnight at Honeymoon Lake Campground and Kerkeslin Campground may experience an increased volume of noise during the daylight working hours from 8 pm to 10:30 pm.
Delay times will vary according to traffic volumes.

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.

Athabasca East bridge rehabilitation on Highway 16 East

May 8, 2017 - On May 9, 2017, Parks Canada will begin rehabilitating the Athabasca East Bridge on Highway 16 East (Trans-Canada Yellowhead Highway) – approximately 21 kilometres east of the Jasper townsite.

Athabasca East bridge:

  • Traffic will be reduced to single-lane alternating with a lane width of 4.8 metres for the duration of construction;
  • Work will occur from 7 am - 10 pm, seven days a week. Speed reductions to 30 km/hr can be expected in work zones with traffic lights and traffic control personnel on site;
  • Lane width reductions are in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week;
  • Work is expected to continue until the end of October 2017.

Delays will vary according to intensity of construction and volume of traffic.

Please respect traffic control personnel and reduced speed zones to help keep workers and motorists safe.

Mount Edith Cavell parking lot construction – Vehicle parking permit required

May 2, 2017 – The Mount Edith Cavell Day Use Area continues to receive much needed improvements. During summer 2017, construction is taking place on the parking lot and access road at the end of the Cavell Road. This will provide safer access, additional parking and an improved visitor experience to the area.

Expected start date: June 19, 2017
Expected completion date: End of 2017 season

Limited public access to this iconic destination remains available in 2017 through a free vehicle permit / quota system.

The Cavell Road is open from June 19 - September 18, 2017.

  • A maximum of 180 vehicle permits will be allotted each day for times between 8:30 am and 8 pm. This ensures adequate and safe parking during construction.
  • Park staff will be on site daily to check permits and area reservations.
  • Motorists are required to check-in with Park staff and show their permit at the road pull-out before turning onto Cavell Road. Motorists with a valid permit will be granted access up Cavell Road.

How do I get my vehicle permit to visit Mount Edith Cavell?

  • Permits will be available for pick up in person, outside of the Jasper National Park Information Centre between 8 am and 10 am daily.
  • You may pick up your permit up to two days before your trip date.
  • The permits are first come first served and non-reservable.
  • Only one permit is required per vehicle.
  • Cyclists do not require a permit.
Clairvaux Creek bridge rehabilitation on Highway 16 West

May 4, 2017 – On May 8, 2017, Parks Canada will begin rehabilitating Clairvaux Creek bridge – approximately 15 kilometres west of the Jasper townsite on Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway). Work is expected to continue until October 2017.

Traffic will be reduced to single-lane alternating with a lane width of 4.8 metres for the duration of construction. Work will occur from 7 am - 10 pm, seven days a week. Speed reductions to 30 km/hr can be expected in work zones with traffic lights and traffic control personnel on site.

  • Lane width reductions are in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Delays will vary according to intensity of construction and volume of traffic.

Please respect traffic control personnel and reduced speed zones to help keep workers and motorists safe.

Road report and other important information

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