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
The Akamina Parkway will close for construction from October 21 until December 1, when it will open for non-motorized winter recreation. Planned work this fall includes hazard tree removal and culvert replacements, as weather allows.
The Akamina Parkway is anticipated to re-open to motor vehicles in 2021.
Bear's Hump trail
Work on Bear’s Hump trail has been delayed due to weather. Work will continue this fall as weather permits. A revised opening date is yet to be confirmed. The trail and trailhead parking lot are closed to the public during construction.
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.
The townsite campground loops (A, C, D, E, F, G) east of Cameron Creek closed for construction on September 3. The campground entrance has moved to Evergreen Avenue on the west side of the campground to facilitate access to loops B and H.
Visitor centre construction will continue in spring 2020. Work will continue this fall as weather permits. 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
Alpine Stables is closed for the season. Facility reconstruction continues.
Cameron Falls area
Work on the Cameron Falls area is anticipated to finish in October 2019. The lookout south of Cameron Falls and some parking spaces south of the falls remain closed at this time.
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
The Red Rock Parkway is currently open for hiking and biking all the way to the Red Rock Canyon day use area. It will remain open for non-motorized winter recreation.
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.
Townsite hazard tree management
Parks Canada will remove select hazard trees in the townsite this fall.
- The townsite has an aging population of cottonwood trees, some of which have come to the end of their lifespan and pose a risk to visitors and residences.
- Some sections of trail or roadway may be closed while removal is taking place.
- Replanting will take place in 2020.
Entrance Road drainage improvements - fall 2019
Drainage improvements will take place on the Entrance Road near the Waterton townsite. Traffic impacts will be minimal, but workers will be present.
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.