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 Cavell Road

The Cavell Road is now closed to the general public to complete the construction on the Mount Edith Cavell day use area and parking lot. The Cavell Road will remain closed to the general public until construction is completed in August 2018, or as site readiness permits.

What to Expect:

  • General public access to the Cavell Road and Astoria Trailhead is not permitted due to heavy machinery and materials being transported up and down the road.
  • Mt. Edith Cavell day use-area and parking lot, and the Cavell Meadows and Path of the Glacier trails are closed.
  • 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.
  • During this time, Parks Canada will address trail tread issues and place a number of bridges along the Astoria side of the Tonquin Valley trail. Astoria and Switchback campgrounds will also receive maintenance.

We are pleased to suggest similar visitor experiences to help offset these impacts, which 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.

Parks Canada makes every effort to minimize disruptions for visitors caused by these infrastructure projects, however with our northern climate, construction work commonly needs to occur during our operational season.

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. Please respect the area closure to avoid putting yourself or others at risk. Parks Canada remains committed to completing these construction projects as quickly as possible. For more information, visit Mount Edith Cavell and Highway 93A - Road closures.


Infrastructure project - Visitor impact

Clairvaux Creek bridge rehabilitation on Highway 16

Beginning as early as Thursday, July 12, 2018, remaining work and site cleanup will resume on Clairvaux Creek Bridge (approximately 16 km west of Jasper).

What to expect:

  • Work will occur from 7 am to 10 pm, seven days a week until August, 2018.
  • Speed reductions to 30 km/h and traffic lane width reductions to 3.7 metres can be expected in the work zone. These impacts will be removed at the end of each work day.

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.

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 August 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 & Road closure on Hazel Ave and Highway 93A

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

A section of Hazel Ave and Highway 93A will be closed from April 3, 2018 until June 30, 2018 to complete intersection safety improvements at Highway 16 (see detour maps below for clarification).

This work is part of the unprecedented $3 billion investment over 5 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 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., seven days a week.
  • There will speed reductions to 50 km/h in work zones. Traffic control personnel will be on site.
  • Single lane alternating traffic will begin on Highway 16 from May 1, 2018 to June 28, 2018. Expect delays of up to 20 minutes and be prepared to stop.
  • Hazel Ave will be closed between Maintenance Compound Road and Highway 16. Highway 93A will be closed between Highway 16 and Old Fort Point Road. Detour signs will be in place.
  • Trail 12 will be rerouted onto the road to allow access through this area for pedestrians and cyclists. Trail 14 (Red Squirrel Run) will be closed. Trail 14a will remain open.
  • Work is expected to continue until the end of June, weather-permitting.
Road closure on Hazel Ave and Highway 93A

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.

Glacier Gallery and theatre

Parks Canada is excited to announce a new interpretive exhibit gallery will be installed on the lower level of the Columbia Icefield Visitor Centre in the summer of 2018.

Beginning Saturday, July 28, the Glacier Gallery and theatre will be closed temporarily while the final interpretive exhibits are installed.

Once the work is complete, visitors will be able to:

  • Look at an interactive timelapse how the Athabasca Glacier has changed over the last 6 years.
  • Touch artefacts that tell the story of people and the area over the past 150 years.
  • See how water from Jasper’s glaciers is connected to the people living in North America.
  • See how climate change is affecting Canadian parks, and learn what you can do to help.
  • As always, visitors will be able to watch the award-winning film Through Ice and Time in our state of the art Glacier Gallery Theatre.

Upcoming infrastructure projects

Highway 93A (south of Wabasso Campground to Geraldine Road)
Closed July 30 to October 31, 2018

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: