Waterton Lakes National Park is proceeding with scheduled construction work this spring. Most scheduled construction activities will proceed with adjustments due to the evolving COVID-19 situation.
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
Akamina Parkway is closed to all traffic for major reconstruction. An Area Closure is now in effect. This work closure is expected to continue into late 2020. Work taking place this year builds on the rock scaling, hazard tree and hydrology work that took place in 2019.
Bear's Hump trail
Bear's Hump trail is closed. Finishing work will resume on Bear's Hump trail in early May. A revised opening date is yet to be confirmed.
Cameron Bay parking lot
Cameron Bay parking lot construction will continue in spring 2020. The lot remains closed to public access.
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.
Surface work is underway on Harebell Road. There is no access while work is underway.
Mount View road
Mount View Road will be paved this spring. Once work begins, traffic will be unable to turn onto Mount View Road until complete.
Construction on loops east of Cameron Creek (A, C, D, E, F, G) will resume in mid May and continue into summer. These loops will remain closed. Once visitor services are restored, the campground entrance will be on Evergreen Avenue to facilitate access to loops B and H.
Visitor centre construction has resumed. The site remains closed to public access.
Day use areas
Hazard trees and fire-damaged structures are being assessed and removed in eight of the park's day use areas: Knight’s Lake, Hay Barn, Driftwood Beach, Coppermine, Lost Horse, McNeely’s, Little Prairie and Bison Jump. Closures will be put in place as crews proceed.
Projects resulting in a lesser impact
Finishing work and fence installation is underway at Alpine Stables. Work is anticipated to be complete by June.
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 of a new washroom in the marina parking lot is underway. This will be the park’s first inclusive washroom, featuring private stalls and open common areas.
Red Rock Parkway
Signage and guardrail installation will be completed prior to July 2020. Rockfall mitigation work, just past Crandell Mountain Campground, has resumed. An opening date for motor vehicles has yet to be confirmed due the current suspension of visitor facilities and services.
Waterton River Bridge
Parks Canada is repairing and rehabilitating the Waterton River Bridge on Highway 5 and Highway 6 north of the Townsite. This includes a new reinforced concrete deck overlay, new concrete barriers with steel bicycle railing, new approach barriers and roadway shoulder widening. This will extend the bridge's service life and improve safety. The bridge will remain open during construction, with a single lane of alternating traffic. Public Notice Application under the Canadian Navigable Waters Act.
Waterton Village Streetworks
Surface work is underway on Harebell Road, to follow is surface work on Cameron Bay parking lot and Mount View Road, and final asphalt lifts on Fountain Avenue and Cameron Falls Drive. In addition, new road signage will be installed throughout the village this spring. Closures will be in place, and these projects are anticipated to be finished by July 2020.
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.