Parks Canada is completing work to enhance and re-establish vital infrastructure, services and activities in Waterton Lakes National Park. Many projects have already been completed under the Federal Infrastructure Investment and Road to Recovery programs. Visit our Completed Projects page for pictures and information.
Federal Infrastructure Investment program
Parks Canada will invest $3 billion over 5 years to support infrastructure improvements within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. This historic investment supports conservation while promoting visitor experience and making our infrastructure safer and more appealing to visitors.
Approximately $102 million has been invested throughout the park through the Federal Infrastructure Investment Program over the last five years.
Road to Recovery program
Parks Canada is assessing, repairing and rebuilding over 30 assets damaged in the 2017 Kenow Wildfire.
Projects resulting in a closure or major impact
Crandell Mountain Campground
The Crandell Mountain Campground area will continue to be closed to public access. Further details on this project will be provided later this spring.
Visitor centre construction continues in the Waterton townsite. Be mindful of heavy truck traffic when travelling in town. Construction is expected to continue into early summer. An opening date is yet to be determined.
Projects resulting in a lesser impact
Prince of Wales hill
Work continues on the Prince of Wales hill area, beginning in late April. Finishing the lookout pavilion and walkway, resurfacing Linnet Lake loop trail, and several other trail improvements in the area are planned for this year. Partial closures are expected, but access to the hill’s viewpoint will be maintained. Please respect the work area when accessing the viewpoint.
Wilderness trail bridges
Pedestrian bridges on the Snowshoe, Akamina Pass, Dipper and Crandell Lake trails will be useable this spring while some finishing work takes place. Use caution while crossing. The Bertha Falls bridge is also scheduled for replacement prior to July. Continue to use the horse trail detour in the meantime.
Akamina Parkway is now open. Some reclamation, landscaping and sign installation will take place and this may result in occasional lane and parking space closures this spring. Workers may be present on and around the road; drive with caution.
Crandell Lake and Goat Lake backcountry campgrounds
Reconstruction of these two campgrounds will begin this spring. While nearby trails remain open, do not enter areas under construction.
Crandell Lake trail
Improvements to Crandell Lake trail will begin in late May and will continue into the fall. Access to Crandell Lake will be possible while work is taking place, with spot closures and detours implemented as necessary. Trailhead access and parking will be available from Akamina and Red Rock Parkways. Check the Trail Conditions for current status throughout the summer..
Day Use Area reconstruction
Knight’s Lake, Hay Barn, Driftwood Beach, McNeely’s, Little Prairie, Coppermine and Lost Horse Day Use Areas will be upgraded or rebuilt this year. Rolling closures are expected, depending on the area being worked on, throughout the spring and summer.
The Entrance Road, from the Highway 5/6 intersection to the entrance to the Waterton townsite, will be paved in late spring and early summer. Single-lane closures and occasional full closures are expected. Further details will be provided as they become available.
Red Rock Canyon Day Use Area
Improvements to Red Rock Canyon will be made this spring, including resurfacing walkways, rebuilding and restoring bridges, and upgrading picnic facilities. Work will begin in May and continue into summer. Portions of the day use area and trails will be closed at times, and trail detours will be in place. Portions of the upper and lower parking lots will be closed as well.
The Townsite Campground is open in 2021. Some work continues on maintenance facilities, but impacts to visitors will be minimal.
What to know before you visit
When visiting Waterton Lakes National Park, you may encounter one or more construction zones or reduced services. Please plan ahead before you travel to avoid inconvenience.