Completed infrastructure projects
The following projects have been completed in Waterton Lakes National Park as part of two infrastructure programs:
The Federal Infrastructure Investment (FII) program represents a $3 billion, five-year investment to support infrastructure improvements within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. This investment supports conservation and promotes safe and accessible visitor experiences.
The Road to Recovery (R2R) program provides funds for assessing, repairing and rebuilding assets damaged in Waterton Lakes National Park’s 2017 Kenow Wildfire.
Find out what has been completed under these programs:
The parkway is now safe for vehicles and reopened in October 2020, following repaving the road surface, improving parking areas, rock scaling, and installing new guardrails and new culverts.
Red Rock Parkway reopened to vehicles in 2020, following rock scaling, installing a rock-fall fence, new guardrails and road signage.
Work on the Red Rock Parkway in 2017 included pavement resurfacing, replacing culverts and rebuilding the lower Red Rock Canyon lot to optimize parking space.
Waterton Townsite’s roadways, parking, landscaping and utility infrastructure received extensive upgrades between 2015 and 2020. This included:
- New pavement and some new sidewalks on Bertha Lane and Trailhead parking lot, Cameron Falls Drive, Clematis Avenue, Evergreen Avenue, Fountain Avenue, Mount View Road, Vimy Avenue and portions of Windflower Avenue and Waterton Avenue, along with other alleys and lane-ways.
- Expanded and resurfaced parking lots and street parking in the Waterton townsite. Upon completion of the Visitor Centre, a total of 177 new parking stalls will have been added in town.
- Extensive utility replacement throughout the townsite, ensuring safe and reliable services for residents and visitors.
- Installation of dark sky-friendly street lighting
Extensive utility and surface upgrades were completed in the Townsite Campground from 2018 to 2020. Work on Loops B and H was completed in 2019, while work on the loops east of Cameron Creek was completed in 2020. This work added utility hookups to more sites, concrete pads, new trees and utility lines throughout the campground.
Bear’s Hump trail has been rehabilitated with a new surface. The trail reopened to the public in July 2020 after damage as a result of the 2017 Kenow Wildfire.
New fencing, improved trails and viewpoints on both sides of the falls, and new sidewalks and fencing at the base area provide a safe and accessible visitor experience.
Alpine Stables has resumed operations. Construction on new residences, barn and stable facilities is now complete.
This washroom, located in the marina parking lot, is the park’s first inclusive washroom facility, featuring open common areas and private stalls.
The Blakiston Falls trail and viewing platforms have been rebuilt and are now open to visitors.
The Peace Park Plaza has been redesigned and rebuilt with enhanced visitor opportunities to celebrate the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park World Heritage Site as the world’s first International Peace Park
This washroom was relocated from the site of the new Visitor Centre to the Community Kitchen along Waterton Avenue.
Staff housing has been built in the Waterton townsite to replace the aging bunkhouse units, formerly located at the Parks Canada compound.
Four washroom buildings were completed in the Townsite campground, replacing ones in poor condition. The Cameron Bay and Cameron Falls washrooms have been redesigned and refurbished.
New garbage bins and pads have been installed throughout the townsite.
Highways 5 and 6 have been rehabilitated to ensure longevity and increase safety through resurfacing, guardrail replacement and drainage improvements.
A redesigned stream crossing provides reliable access to the group camp area by increasing the culvert size to eliminate washouts.
The Cameron Lake Day Use Area has new visitor facilities including shelter, interpretation, docks, washrooms and parking.