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 the 2019 season

With Whistlers Campground closed, demand will be higher in 2019.

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 the 2019 season

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

Passing lane construction on Highway 16 (1)

Beginning Monday, May 13, 2019, Parks Canada is undertaking the construction of an eastbound passing lane on Highway 16 near the Jasper Airfield, east of the Jasper Townsite. Work will take place off the existing highway, maintaining two-way traffic and access to the Jasper airfield.

What to expect:
  • Work will occur daily from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., up to seven days a week.
  • Motorists can expect speed reductions to 50 km/hr, and brief occasional stops at the work site.
  • Work is expected to continue until the end of June 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.

Passing lane construction on Highway 16 (2)

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 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., 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.

55 km of paving on Icefields Parkway (Highway 93N)

Beginning on May 6, 2019, Parks Canada will resume paving and safety improvements on a 55-kilometre section of Highway 93N beginning just north of Sunwapta Falls (approximately 55 km south of Jasper) continuing to just south of Parker Ridge (approximately 10 km south of the Icefield Centre).

What to expect:
  • Motorists can expect single-lane alternating traffic during work hours.
  • Motorists can expect to encounter two work sites within the project limits.
  • 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 7 am to 7 pm, seven days a week.
  • Work will continue until the end of June 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.

East Gate in Jasper National Park

Work to improve the east gate in Jasper National Park is largely complete. The new redesigned entrance to the park now has an additional kiosk, an overhead electronic sign to assist in lane control and displaying highway information. A through lane was created for visitors who already have a valid park permit and traffic that will not be stopping in the park.

Motorists can expect to see crews around the area later this spring to complete some residual work. There will be limited traffic impacts to complete this work in 2019.

The safety of motorists and workers is Parks Canada's primary concern. Please slow down to the posted speed limit of 50 km/h when approaching and travelling through the by-pass lane.

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 a.m. to 10 p.m., 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: