Areas of Waterton Lakes National Park remain closed due to safety hazards and infrastructure damage from the Kenow Wildfire. Visit our What's open page for an up-to-date list of open areas.
Parks Canada is completing as much work as possible during the short construction season this spring to enhance and re-establish vital infrastructure, services and activities in Waterton Lakes National Park.
In addition to advancing Federal Infrastructure Investment projects, Parks Canada is assessing, repairing, and rebuilding over 30 assets damaged by the 2017 Kenow Wildfire.
Approximately $96 million has been invested in 18 projects throughout the park through the Federal Infrastructure Investment Program over the last four years. In addition, in January 2019, $20.9 million was announced to support Waterton Lakes National Park’s ongoing recovery from the 2017 Kenow Wildfire.
When visiting Waterton, you may encounter one or more construction zones or reduced services. Please plan ahead before you travel to avoid inconvenience.
Consult the following list of current infrastructure projects in Waterton Lakes National Park to see if any road or facility work might impact your trip.
Infrastructure projects in Waterton Lakes National Park
Projects resulting in a closure or major impact
Rock scaling, hydrological and slope stability investigations, hazard tree removal, reconstruction of roadside parking, culvert replacements and ditch excavation will take place in 2019.
This work will help ensure visitor safety on this popular parkway. Though closed to motor vehicles during construction, access for non-motorized use may be permitted when it is safe to do so.
Road reconstruction, sign and guardrail replacements, and paving will start in spring 2020.
The Akamina Parkway is anticipated to open to motor vehicles in 2021.
Red Rock Parkway
Non-motorized access, as far as Coppermine Creek on the Red Rock Parkway, will continue until later this spring when hazard tree removal, rock scaling and infrastructure replacement work (including guardrails and signage) begins.
This important work will help ensure visitor safety on the parkway.
Parks Canada expects that the Red Rock Parkway, Red Rock Canyon Day Use Area, and hiking trails in the area will open in summer 2019. Coppermine Creek and Lost Horse Creek day use areas will remain closed for repairs this summer.
Bear's Hump trail
Bear's Hump trail reconstruction started in late April.The trail and trailhead parking lot is closed to the public during construction.
Some of the reconstruction will involve helicopter activity. The trail route will remain the same. and Parks Canada is including stone elements in the construction that will increase the longevity and resilience of the trail, which. The trail is anticipated to open in fall 2019.
Cameron Falls area construction
Work to repair and enhance the Cameron Falls viewpoints will begin in mid-May. This project includes repairing the burned lookouts on the Carthew-Alderson trail, as well as the short trail and lookouts on the north side of Cameron Falls. The pedestrian bridge along Cameron Falls Drive will be open.
The Carthew-Alderson trail is currently closed and the adjacent parking spaces south of the falls will close temporarily as work takes place. This work is scheduled for completion by mid-July 2019.
Townsite Campground, loops B and H
Loops B and H west of Cameron Creek are closed for utility upgrades and surface improvements in spring 2019. The trail adjacent to the campground along the west creek bank is closed.
The upgraded campground loops and trail will reopen to the public in summer 2019. The remaining loops (A, C, D, E, F and G) will close for construction after the Labour Day weekend in September 2019.
Alley 2 will be closed for paving with no vehicle access. Work is expected to begin in early May, with paving taking place in late June.
Lupine Lane, alleys 4 and 5
Surface work including grading and paving is taking place. Preliminary work will begin in early May, with paving taking place in late June. Resident access will be accommodated via adjacent roads.
Asphalt millings from Waterton Avenue will be temporarily stored on Harebell Road in early May. Milling and west sidewalk concrete work will take place this spring. There will be no public access while this work takes place. Resident access is available via adjacent roads and alleys. Paving will take place in fall 2019 or spring 2020.
Waterton Avenue south of Cameron Falls Drive, and Vimy Avenue east of Windflower Avenue
Resurfacing work began in May 2019. New sidewalks and Dark Sky-friendly street lights will be installed this spring as well. Resident access will be available via Alley 3 and adjacent roads. Access to the visitor facilities along the south portion of Waterton Avenue will be maintained.
Construction of the new visitor centre began in May 2019. The new visitor centre is scheduled to open to the public in 2021.
Playground and Splash Park
The playground and splash park equipment have been relocated to the Waterton Community Centre grounds. Equipment installation, landscaping and the building of two multi-use courts and a new washroom is underway on the site.
The Waterton Park Community Association (WPCA) is managing this project. The area is projected to open for the Canada Day long weekend. Additional playground facilities are available near the Community Centre on Fountain Avenue.
Crandell Mountain Campground
Parks Canada is developing rehabilitation plans for Crandell Mountain Campground. Both construction and natural regeneration of this site will take time. Parks Canada is cleaning up debris, remediating contaminated sites and assessing and removing hazard trees in the campground.
Future work will include replacing utilities and building visitor facilities and campsites. Visitors can expect a similar camping experience once the site is rehabilitated. The campground’s new design concept adds winter backcountry facilities, including an insulated kitchen shelter with a wood stove and a privy. Some campsites are being relocated to create a wildlife corridor that will improve the safety of visitors and wildlife. The Crandell Mountain Campground is scheduled to open in spring 2022.
Projects resulting in a lesser impact
Reconstruction of the Alpine Stables facilities is underway. Horseback riding is anticipated to be available to visitors once the facilities are completed in summer 2019.
Blakiston Falls viewpoint
Reconstruction of fire-affected boardwalks will take place in this spring. The viewpoint will be available once the Red Rock Parkway reopens in summer 2019.
Bertha parking lane and parking lot
Bertha Lane surface work is complete. A one-day closure will take place for line painting in late May. Partial closures are planned for landscaping and concrete work throughout the spring, but parking lot access will be maintained.
Peace Park Plaza and Marina seawall
Finishing work and concrete replacement will take place at the Peace Park Plaza this spring. Access to the tour boats and marina will not be affected, but partial parking lot and sidewalk closures are expected.
Townsite Campground, east of Cameron Creek
Noise from construction on Loops B and H, west of Cameron Creek, may affect the campground. The bridge across the creek will be closed to vehicle traffic and pedestrian access will be limited.
Please note: This is not an exhaustive list of infrastructure projects underway in Waterton Lakes National Park. Only projects that may impact visitors are listed above.
Temporary visitor centre
Parks Canada is operating a temporary visitor centre in the townsite at the Lion’s Hall on Fountain Avenue.