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.
Approximately $96 million has been invested in 18 projects throughout the park through the Federal Infrastructure Investment Program over the last four years.
In addition to advancing these projects, Parks Canada is assessing, repairing, and rebuilding over 30 assets damaged by the 2017 Kenow Wildfire. In January 2019, $20.9 million was announced to support this important work.
When visiting Waterton, you may encounter one or more construction zones or reduced services. Please plan ahead before you travel to avoid inconvenience.
Consult the following list of current infrastructure projects in Waterton Lakes National Park for potential impacts to your trip.
Infrastructure projects in Waterton Lakes National Park
Projects resulting in a closure or major impact
The Akamina Parkway is closed to public access from the Entrance Road to the Crandell Lake trailhead. The Akamina portion of the Crandell Lake Loop trail and the southwest facing slopes of Crandell Mountain are closed to public access as well.
Currently, the Akamina Parkway remains open for hiking and biking past the Crandell Lake trailhead. This section can be accessed via the Crandell Lake trail from the Red Rock Parkway. Rock scaling, hazard tree removal or repair work is expected along the Akamina Parkway for the remainder of the summer, resulting in area closures. The parkway will continue to be opened for non-motorized use when it is safe.
Bear's Hump trail
Bear's Hump trail reconstruction started in late April.The trail and trailhead parking lot is closed to the public during construction.
Some of the reconstruction will involve helicopter activity. The trail route will remain the same. and Parks Canada is including stone elements in the construction that will increase the longevity and resilience of the trail, which. The trail is anticipated to open in fall 2019.
Townsite Campground, Loop B
Work on Loop B, including new utilities, roads, picnic table pads and landscaping, is nearing completion. When finished, Loop B’s sites will open on a first come, first serve basis. In September 2019, the campground loops (A, C, D, E, F, G) east of Cameron Creek will close for construction.
Harebell Road remains closed to public access. Paving will take place at a later date.
Construction of the new visitor centre began in May, and will continue until late fall. The new visitor centre is scheduled to open to the public in 2021.
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.
Projects resulting in a lesser impact
Red Rock Parkway
The Red Rock Parkway is now open for hiking and biking all the way to the Red Rock Canyon day use area. Some trails and backcountry campgrounds in the area have also reopened. Hikers and cyclists should be aware that construction traffic may be present on the road. Additional work is needed prior to opening the road to public motor vehicle traffic this fall.
Playground and Splash Park
The playground and splash park are now available for use. Construction continues in the area. Temporary closures will occur when construction affects safe access to the facilities. Project completion is expected in early August. The Waterton Park Community Association (WPCA) is managing this project.
Horseback riding is now available. Reconstruction of the facilities will be finished later this summer.
Cameron Falls area
Work on the Cameron Falls area is anticipated to finish in early August. The lookouts on both sides of Cameron Falls and some parking spaces south of the falls remain closed at this time. Carthew-Alderson trail, including the Alderson Lake backcountry campground, will open once this work is complete.
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.
Temporary visitor centre
Parks Canada is operating a temporary visitor centre in the townsite at the Lion’s Hall on Fountain Avenue.