Infrastructure improvements are taking place in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks. To help you plan ahead, check the map for ongoing projects that may impact your visit.
Parks Canada’s unprecedented infrastructure investments
Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion dollars over 5 years to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. These investments represent the largest federal infrastructure plan in the history of Parks Canada.
Through infrastructure investments, Parks Canada is protecting and preserving our treasured places, while supporting local economies, contributing to growth in the tourism sector, and strengthening their appeal as destinations to celebrate our nation.
Here are a few highlights of investments in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks:
- Improved safety and reliability of the TransCanada Highway through the parks including: intersection and access improvements, pavement repairs, rock scaling, and new avalanche mitigations
- Trail rehabilitation
- Construction of a new permanent washroom facility and increased parking capacity for use during highway closure events in Rogers Pass
- Development of a new campground in lower Mount Revelstoke National Park
Infrastructure Projects in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks
Please note: This is not an exhaustive list of infrastructure projects underway in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks. Only projects that may impact visitors are listed.
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Glacier National Park
Please check www.drivebc.ca for the latest construction updates and road delay information.
Trans-Canada Highway – Avalanche Mitigations
Work on multiple avalanche mitigation projects will continue from May to October 2017. Projects continuing from 2017 include: snowshed drainage improvements and column repairs, and LED lighting installation in Lens snowshed. Motorists should expect delays of up to 20 minutes, reduced speed zones, and traffic pattern changes in some snowsheds.
Additional work includes new static defense structures, or mounds, near highway elevation to reduce the risk of avalanches reaching the highway, and the installation of avalanche detection devices within the Rogers Pass corridor to improve avalanche forecasting. This work should have little to no impact on highway travellers.
Trans-Canada Highway – Illecillewaet Curve and Rogers Pass Summit Safety Improvements
Work will continue from May to October 2018 on safety improvements in a 9 kilometre section of the Trans-Canada Highway in Glacier National Park, from Hermit Trailhead to just west of Loop Brook Campground. Work includes the addition of a new westbound passing lane; access improvements for Illecillewaet Campground, Hermit Trailhead and Summit Monument; culvert replacements; and installation of new directional signs and guardrails/barriers. The traffic holding area at Rogers Pass summit will also be expanded for use during avalanche control or highway emergencies. Motorists should expect delays of up to 20 minutes, reduced speed zones in work areas, and lane or shoulder closures through the Rogers Pass area while this work is under way.
Trans-Canada Highway – Pavement Repairs
Pavement repairs and concrete barrier replacement at various locations along the Trans-Canada Highway will occur from May to October 2018 in Glacier National Park. Motorists should expect delays of up to 20 minutes, reduced speed zones in work areas, and lane or shoulder closures.
Trans-Canada Highway - Beaver Valley Traffic Holding Area
Work will continue in 2018 at the future Beaver Valley traffic holding site, a safe parking area to be used during avalanche control or emergency highway closures. Motorists should expect occasional delays of up to 20 minutes and watch for hauling truck traffic.
Rogers Pass - Multiple Projects
Work will continue to replace aging sewer and waterworks infrastructure on the west side of Rogers Pass, to better meet the current and future needs of the area. Work will also continue in summer 2018 to increase parking capacity north of the former lodge building to safely hold traffic during highway closure events.
Starting in April and continuing through 2018, work will begin to remove the old service station and lodge buildings in Rogers Pass, address contamination issues, and remediate the site. Following this, the former service station site will be prepped for construction of a new permanent washroom facility, day use area and associated parking lot scheduled to commence in spring 2019. Thank you for your patience during construction.
Trails – Improving the Illecillewaet Trail Network
The network of ten, 125-year old hiking trails in the popular Illecillewaet and Asulkan valleys is being repaired and revitalized for visitor safety and enjoyment. Work includes re-routing trails, erosion control, upgrading signage, and critical repairs to trails and trail structures. Please check the Glacier National Park Trail Condition Report for the latest trail closures or restrictions.
Mount Revelstoke National Park
Trails - Improving the Mount Revelstoke Summit Trails
The network of 14 high-visitation trails on Mount Revelstoke is currently being revitalized. Work includes erosion control, upgrading signage, critical repairs to trails and trail structures, and working towards barrier free access options. Please check the Mount Revelstoke National Park Trail Conditions Report for the latest trail closures or restrictions.
New Campground – Enhancing Visitor Services in Mount Revelstoke
Site preparation and construction of a new campground in lower Mount Revelstoke National Park will resume in 2018 with expected completion in summer 2019. While this work should have little impact to park visitors, you may encounter construction traffic on the Meadows in the Sky Parkway before the welcome kiosk.
Road report and other important information
Follow these links for up-to-date information on road construction and delays: