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.
Crandell Mountain Campground
Parks Canada is developing rehabilitation plans for Crandell Mountain Campground. Both construction and natural regeneration of this site will take time.
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.
Construction on loops east of Cameron Creek (A, C, D, E, F, G) resumed in mid May. These loops remain closed. Currently, loops B and H are open.
Visitor centre construction has resumed. The site remains closed to public access.
Projects resulting in a lesser impact
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.
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.