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.
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 redevelopment
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.
Infrastructure project - Visitor impact
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.
- 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 November 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.
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 November 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.
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:
- Road information: 511 Alberta and DriveBC
- Important bulletins (Closures and restrictions)
- Trail report
- Construction on the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park