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 fourth 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.

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

Road closure on HWY 93A (Wabasso Road)

Beginning Monday, July 30, 2018, Parks Canada is undertaking significant safety improvements, including guardrail installations, paving, and brushing along the whole length of Highway 93A (Wabasso Road). The road will be closed to all users for extensive reconstruction from just south of Wabasso Campground to Geraldine Road.

What to expect:

  • Highway 93A between the north junction of Highway 93/93A to just south of the entrance to Wabasso Campground will remain open during construction, and provide access to the campground. Expect delays of up to 20 minutes at the work site.
  • Work will occur from 9 am to 6 pm, up to seven days a week. No work will occur north of Wabasso Campground on long weekends (from 6 pm on the Thursday before the long weekend until 9 am on the Tuesday after the long weekend).
  • Work will continue until October 31, 2018.

Closures:

  • Moab Lake Road, Leach Lake day-use area, Whirlpool Group Campground, Whirlpool Trail and Leach Lake Trail will be closed.
  • Backcountry camping on the Athabasca Pass Trail will not be available.

Alternate visitor experiences similar to those impacted include the Wabasso Lake Trail (#9), Talbot Lake day use area, and Brazeau Loop backcountry trail (#130-132). For more suggestions, visit our information centres and: parkscanada.gc.ca/jasper

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.

Road closure on Cavell Road

Access to the Cavell Road will not be available until further notice. Construction on the Mount Edith Cavell day-use area and parking lot will continue throughout the rest of the 2018 summer season due to circumstances beyond Parks Canada’s control.

Please respect this closure to avoid putting yourself or others at risk.

How does this affect you?

  • General public access to the Cavell Road and Astoria Trailhead is not permitted.
  • Mt. Edith Cavell day-use area and parking lot, and the Cavell Meadows and Path of the Glacier trails are still active construction zones.
  • Backcountry users can access campsites in the Tonquin Valley, including Portal, Maccarib, Amethyst, Clitheroe, and Surprise Point, from the Portal Creek Trailhead on the Marmot Road.
  • With proof of reservation, access to the Cavell Road and Astoria Trailhead will be maintained for overnight guests of Tonquin Valley Adventures, the Alpine Club of Canada, and the Cavell Hostel.
  • Backcountry users can access campsites in the Tonquin Valley, including Portal, Maccarib, Amethyst, Clitheroe, and Surprise Point, from the Portal Creek Trailhead on the Marmot Road.
  • Full refunds (reservation fee, cancelation fee, and overnight backcountry fee) are available for backcountry campers canceling their trips beginning or ending at the Tonquin Valley Astoria Trailhead between the dates of August 1, 2018 and October 31, 2018. Change fees are to be waived for all others. Please contact the Parks Canada Reservation System at 1-877-737-3783.

Alternative visitor experiences include the Toe of the Athabasca Glacier (#52), Wilcox Pass (#50), and Parker Ridge (#51) trails in the Columbia Icefield Area. Mt. Edith Cavell can also be viewed from the Old Fort Point Loop (#1) and Lake Annette Trail (#4d) around the Jasper Townsite.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work to improve these visitor services. The safety of visitors and staff remains Parks Canada’s top priority.


Infrastructure project - Visitor impact

Rock scaling

Rock scaling will begin August 8, 2018 on Highway 16 West near Meadow Creek Bridge. Brief and occasional holds and speed reductions can be expected.

Update: Paving on Icefields Parkway (Highway 93N)

Beginning as early as Monday, July 16, 2018, Parks Canada is undertaking safety improvements, including paving, on a 24-kilometre section of Highway 93N beginning just north of the Beauty Creek Hostel (approximately 20 km north of the Icefield Centre) continuing to just north of Sunwapta Falls (approximately 55 km south of Jasper). This is in addition to paving that has been underway from Rampart Creek Campground to Jonas Creek Campground.

What to expect:

  • Work will occur from 8 pm to 7 am, seven days a week until Labour Day. Following the long weekend, paving will resume daily from 7 am to 7 pm until the end of September. 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).
  • 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.
  • Motorists can expect single-lane alternating traffic during work hours.
  • Paving near campgrounds will only occur during daylight hours to minimize disruptions to visitors.

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.

Road work on Pyramid Lake Road

Beginning on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, Parks Canada is resuming road reconstruction work to improve visitor safety along Pyramid Lake Road.

What to expect:

  • Motorists can expect to encounter single-lane alternating traffic during work hours and occasional delays of up to 20 minutes.
  • Work will occur from 7 am to 7 pm, up to 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 is expected to continue until September 2018, 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.

Bridge rehabilitation on Highway 16 - Meadow Creek Bridge

April 9, 2018 - Parks Canada is beginning work to rehabilitate Meadow Creek Bridge – approximately 12 kilometres west of the Jasper townsite on Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway).

What to expect:

  • Two-way traffic will be maintained (eastbound and westbound) in April until a detour route is constructed. 
  • Once the detour route is constructed, there will be single lane alternating traffic in work zones until November 2018. Traffic will be managed 24/7 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/hr 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 2018. 

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.  

East Gate project in Jasper National Park

Beginning on March 27, 2018, Parks Canada is undertaking work to reconstruct the East Gate on the Yellowhead Highway (Highway 16) in Jasper National Park. Once construction is complete, the East Gate will see many improvements including a third kiosk entry lane, a fourth lane to act as a bypass for through traffic, and overhead electronic signage. 

What to expect:

  • There will be two-way traffic (east and westbound) with speed reductions to 50 km/h and 30 km/h in work zones. Traffic control personnel will be on site. 
  • Work will occur from 7 am to 7:30 pm, from Monday to Friday and from 7 am to 5:30 pm on Saturdays. 
  • No work will occur on Sundays or 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 the end of October 2018, 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. 

Intersection improvements at Highway 16

Beginning on April 3, 2018, Parks Canada will resume rehabilitation work to improve the following intersections at Highway 16:

  • Maligne Lake Road
  • Hazel Ave/Highway 93A
  • Highway 93N

This work is part of the Parks Canada's $3 billion investment over five years to support Parks Canada’s infrastructure work to heritage, tourism, waterway, and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada.

What to expect:

  • Work will occur from 6 am to 10 pm, with minor daytime stops, seven days a week.
  • There will speed reductions to 50 km/h in work zones. Traffic control personnel will be on site.
  • Work is expected to continue until end of August, 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.


Upcoming infrastructure project

Whistlers Campground
Closed for reconstruction in 2019

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: