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

Bertha Lane and Bertha Parking Lot

Closed with alternate trailhead access

Road work continues on Bertha Lane starting September 6. The Bertha Lake trailhead parking lot will be closed, along with access to the Bertha Lake trail. Alternative access to the Bertha Lake and Lakeshore trails is available via the Carthew-Alderson trailhead near Cameron Falls. Resident access to properties along Bertha Lane will be available via Evergreen Avenue.

Alley 2 (between Fountain and Clematis Ave)

Closed, no access via Windflower Ave

Sewer work will begin in this alley on September 10. There will be no parking access at any time. Residents and visitors will have parking access on Windflower and Clematis Avenues. Anticipated completion is early October.

Lupine Lane, Alley 4 and 5

Closed, limited resident access only

Utility work begins on Alleys 4 and 5 in early October following completion of Alley 2. Utility work on Lupine Lane will begin mid-October, following completion of Alleys 4 and 5. Access route information will be provided once it is known.

Townsite Campground - B and H Loop

Closed for the season

Loops B and H west of Cameron Creek will be closed for extensive utility upgrades and surface improvements for the remainder of the season. The trail adjacent to the campground along the west riverbank will be closed. See map.

Playground / Splash Park

Closed for relocation

Note: This work is being undertaken by the Waterton Park Community Association. Parks Canada is covering the costs.

Site preparation work at the new playground / splash park location next to the Waterton Community Centre begins September 4. The splash park will close September 6. The playground will be kept open as long as possible, but will close mid-September. Removal for relocation will be complete by October 31. Planned reopening of the new and improved park is July 1, 2019. Alternative playground facilities are available near the Community Centre on Fountain Avenue.

For further information on this project, read the Visitor Centre Frequently Asked Questions.

Playground / Community Kitchen Washroom

Closed for relocation

The Community Kitchen washroom will be closed for demolition the week of September 4. The Playground washroom closes the week of September 17, with relocation to the Community Kitchen planned for October 4. There may be minor traffic impacts along Waterton Avenue.

Projects resulting in a lesser impact

Peace Park Pavilion and Marina Parking Lot

Partial closures

Sections will be temporarily closed for finishing work this fall. Parts of the parking lot will remain open and access to the tour boats will not be affected.

Townsite Campground, East of Cameron Creek

Noise. Bridge open to foot traffic only.

Noise from construction on Loops B and H, west of Cameron Creek, may affect the open sections of the campground. The bridge across the creek will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic, but will open for pedestrian use in the evening.

Temporary Visitor Centre

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

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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