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 Highway 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?

  • Absolutetely no access to: Mt. Edith Cavell day-use area and parking lot, and the Cavell Meadows and Path of the Glacier trails. These areas are active construction zones.
  • General public access to the Cavell Road and Astoria Trailhead is not permitted.
  • 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

Road work on Whistlers Road

Beginning as early as Tuesday, September 25, Parks Canada is undertaking road work to improve visitor safety along Whistlers Road. Work will occur along the whole length of the road and will include paving, crack filling and sightline clearing work.

This work is part of Parks Canada’s $3 billion investment over 5 years to support 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 Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Motorists can expect to encounter single-lane alternating traffic with delays up to 20 minutes at the work site.
  • Work is expected to continue until November 2018, weather-permitting.

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.

Passing lane construction on Highway 16 East

Beginning Friday, September 7, 2018, 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 am and 10 pm, 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 October 2018.

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.

Passing lane construction on Highway 16 East

Rock slope stabilization on Highway 16 West

Beginning on Wednesday, September 5, Parks Canada is undertaking rock slope stabilization work to improve visitor safety along Highway 16 West (Yellowhead Highway). Work will occur approximately 12 kilometres west of the Jasper Townsite, near the Meadow Creek Bridge.

What to expect:

  • Work will occur daily from 6 am and 8 pm, up to seven days a week.
  • Motorists can expect to encounter speed reductions and single-lane alternating traffic with delays up to 20 minutes at the work site.
  • One hour road closures can be expected once a week to accommodate larger blasts. These closures will only be scheduled Monday through Thursday between the hours of 10 am and 12 pm.
  • Work is expected to continue until the end of October 2018, weather-permitting.

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 work on Marmot Road

Beginning on Thursday, August 16, Parks Canada is undertaking road reconstruction, paving, and sightline clearing work to improve visitor safety along Marmot Road. Work will occur along the whole length of the road, with the most significant work beginning 500 metres beyond the Portal Creek Trailhead.

What to expect:

  • Work will occur daily from 9 am to 9 pm, up to seven days a week.
  • Motorists can expect to encounter single-lane alternating traffic with delays up to 20 minutes at the work site.
  • Work is expected to continue until October 2018, weather-permitting.

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.

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:

  • From August 16-22, work will occur during daylight hours from 5 am to 5 pm around the Sunwapta Lodge intersection.
  • From August 23 to Labour Day, 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 through 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.

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

Work to improve the east gate in Jasper National Park is entering into a new phase of construction. The work on this project includes the addition of a bypass lane for through traffic, a third kiosk and lane, and overhead electronic signage.

During this phase, visitors will need to purchase entry passes into the park at the Information Centre in the Jasper townsite.

Regular east gate operations are expected to resume by October 4th once this phase of work is complete. Motorists will be diverted around the construction zone and could experience delays of up to 20 minutes. Two-way traffic will be maintained. For your safety, and the safety of all workers on site, please obey all traffic control requirements while driving through the site.

Thank you for your patience as this important work to redevelop the east gate moves towards completion. We are eager and excited about these improvements that will enhance your visit to and through Jasper National Park!

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 on 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

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: