Impacted areas due to Kenow Fire

Areas of Waterton Lakes National Park remain closed due to safety hazards and infrastructure damage from the Kenow Wildfire. Visit our What's open in 2018 page for an up-to-date list of open areas.

Parks Canada is investing $3 billion over five years to rehabilitate infrastructure assets 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.

When visiting Waterton Lakes National Park, you may encounter one or more construction zones or reduced services while we complete this important work. 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.

A significant amount of Parks Canada’s existing highway infrastructure assets require action now, and the paving projects, rock and slope stabilisation, and rehabilitation of bridges planned as part of this historic investment will ensure safe and reliable roads while protecting the ecological and cultural integrity of our national treasures; and an improved driving experience for the almost five million visitors to the mountain national parks each year.

Infrastructure projects in Waterton Lakes National Park


Map of Waterton townsite

Projects resulting in a closure or major impact

Fountain and Clematis N Avenues

Fountain and Clematis (N) Avenues are closed to ensure safety during construction until completion on June 25, 2018 (weather depending). This work includes installing a storm drainage system, new sidewalks, new asphalt road surface and line painting, and minor landscaping.

Peace Park Plaza and marina parking lot

The Peace Park Plaza and the Marina parking lot are closed to the public to ensure safety during construction. This work include landscaping, connecting utilities, developing pathways, and install exhibits and interpretive nodes at the Peace Park Plaza.

Work at the Marina parking lot has started. This work will improve vehicle circulation and increase parking through better delineation. These changes will result in a more efficient parking area for visitors. Pedestrian access to the marina and the shoreline cruise office will be maintained at all times.

Bertha Lane infrastructure replacement

Construction on Bertha Lane is expected to start on May 22, 2018. The lane will be closed to ensure safety during construction until the end of June (weather depending). Any remaining work will be completed in Fall 2018.

Projects resulting in a lesser impact

Staff housing

Construction is continuing on the 100-block of Clematis Avenue and Windflower Avenue to replace Parks Canada staff accommodation.

Temporary Visitor Centre

Parks Canada is operating a temporary Visitor Centre in the townsite at the Lion’s Hall on Fountain Avenue daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking for this temporary centre is available along Cameron Falls Drive. As Fountain Avenue is closed for construction, access to the temporary centre is available through the alley off of Windflower Avenue or by walking from Cameron Falls Drive.

Parks Canada personnel and contractors will be operating heavy machinery to clean up burnt debris and soils at the former Visitor Centre site until May 19, 2018.

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. For the complete list of projects planned, see Waterton Lakes National Park: infrastructure projects.

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