Impacted areas due to Kenow Wildfire

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 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.

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


A map of construction areas in Waterton townsite

A map of construction projects in Waterton Townsite (fall 2018)

Projects resulting in a closure or major impact

Alley 2 (between Fountain and Clematis Ave)

Utility work was completed on this alleyway in late 2018.

Winter 2019: Resident access only.

Spring 2019: Alley 2 will be closed with no vehicle access for surface work.

Lupine Lane, Alley 4 and 5

Utility work was completed in late 2018.

Winter 2019: Limited access.

Spring 2019: Lupine Lane and Alley 4 and 5 will be closed with no vehicle access due to surface work.

Townsite Campground - B and H Loop

Winter 2019: Due to construction, there is no pedestrian or vehicle access across this area.

Spring 2019: Loops B and H west of Cameron Creek will remain closed for utility upgrades and surface improvements in spring 2019. The trail adjacent to the campground along the west riverbank remains closed. The upgraded loops and trail will reopen to the public in summer 2019.

Playground / Splash Park

Note: Parks Canada is working closely with the Waterton Park Community Association, who is managing the relocation project.

Playground and splash park equipment has been relocated nearby the Waterton Community Centre and the site is currently under construction. The playground and splash park are projected to open on Canada Day, July 1, 2019. Additional playground facilities are available near the Community Centre on Fountain Avenue.

Community Kitchen Washroom

Winter 2019: This washroom has been relocated from the former playground site. It is closed at this time.

Spring 2019: This washroom is anticipated to open. An update will be provided when an opening date is available.

Projects resulting in a lesser impact

Bertha Lane and Bertha Parking Lot

Winter 2019: Access to Bertha parking lot and Bertha trailhead is open.

Spring 2019: Temporary closures will take place for line painting. Bertha Lane surface work is complete, and partial closures are planned for landscaping work.

Peace Park Plaza and Marina Parking Lot

Winter 2019: Limited access due to winter conditions.

Spring 2019: Some finishing work will take place this spring. Access to the tour boats and marina will not be affected. Partial parking lot closures are expected.

Townsite Campground, East of Cameron Creek

Winter 2019: Closed for the season.

Spring 2019: 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. For the complete list of projects planned, see Waterton Lakes National Park: infrastructure projects.

Temporary Visitor Centre

Parks Canada is operating a temporary visitor centre in the townsite at the Lion’s Hall on Fountain Avenue.