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 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 $96 million has been invested in 18 projects throughout the park through the Federal Infrastructure Investment Program over the last four 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
Bear's Hump trail
Bear's Hump trail is closed. A revised opening date is yet to be confirmed.
Cameron Bay parking lot
Cameron Bay parking lot will remain closed for the winter. Construction will resume in spring 2020. Cameron Bay remains accessible from either side of the parking lot. Parking is available alongside the adjacent picnic shelter and along Evergreen 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.
Harebell Road remains closed to public access. Paving will take place at a later date.
Construction on loops east of Cameron Creek (A, C, D, E, F, G) began in September 2019 and will continue in 2020. Currently, loops B and H in the Townsite Campground are reservable for the 2020 season. Parks Canada will provide updates as this work progresses.
Visitor centre construction will continue in spring 2020.The site remains closed to public access. The new visitor centre is scheduled to open to the public in 2021.
Parks Canada is operating a temporary visitor centre in the townsite at the Lion’s Hall on Fountain Avenue.
Projects resulting in a lesser impact
Akamina Parkway is open to Cameron Lake for non-motorized recreation December 21. Parking is available at Emerald Bay. The Akamina Parkway is anticipated to re-open to motor vehicles in 2021.
Alpine Stables is closed for the season. Facility reconstruction continues.
Cameron Falls area
The Carthew-Alderson trail is now accessible from the Cameron Falls trailhead. Some finishing work is required and workers may be present.
Construction on a washroom building in the marina parking lot is taking place this fall. A portion of the marina parking lot will be closed to accommodate construction. The washroom is expected to open in spring 2020. Access to tour boats will not be affected.
Red Rock Parkway
Red Rock Parkway is open for non-motorized recreation. The parkway will continue to be plowed to Crandell Mountain Campground for construction access as conditions allow.
Fall snowstorms delayed the work required to open the parkway to motor vehicles. This work will continue as weather permits. Continue to visit this page for updates.
Rockfall Fence (Red Rock Parkway)
Rock-fall fence installation will be taking place along the Red Rock Parkway past Crandell Campground. This work is taking place following this summer’s rock scaling to further mitigate rock-fall risk on a section of the Red Rock Parkway. Vehicles and equipment will be occupying the westbound lane of the construction area. Please travel with caution in the construction zone.
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.
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.