When visiting or driving through Kootenay National Park, you may encounter one or more construction zones. To help you plan your visit, please see below for a list of current and upcoming projects. For information about Alberta highway conditions visit 511 Alberta, call 1-855-391-9743 toll-free, or dial 511 (inside Alberta only). For British Columbia highway conditions visit Drive BC or call 1-800-550-4997 toll-free.

Please note that there is no cell service in Kootenay National Park. An emergency phone is available at Kootenay Crossing, 43 km north of Radium Hot Springs.

A travel advisory remains in effect for Highway 93 South from Castle Junction to Radium Hot Springs. Travellers should plan for reduced speeds, delays and temporary closures. Check Drive BC and Alberta 511.

Parks Canada’s federal infrastructure investment program

Parks Canada’s federal infrastructure investment program

Announced in 2015, Parks Canada is investing $3 billion over five years to rehabilitate infrastructure assets within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. This historic investment supports conservation while making our infrastructure safer and more appealing to visitors.

A significant amount of Parks Canada’s existing infrastructure assets require action now, and the paving projects, rock and slope stabilisation, and rehabilitation of bridges planned as part of this historic investment will provide an improved visitor experience for the almost five million visitors to the mountain national parks each year, while protecting the ecological and cultural integrity of our national treasures.

As one of the largest federal custodians, Parks Canada manages a variety of real property and infrastructure assets. In Banff National Park, the infrastructure portfolio is wide-ranging and includes assets such as highways, bridges, contemporary and historic buildings, trails, campgrounds, water and wastewater treatment facilities, visitor centres and operations compounds.

Construction projects in the mountain national parks

This is not an exhaustive list of infrastructure projects underway. Only projects that may impact visitors are listed. Please check Drive BC for current road conditions before you travel. The safety of motorists and workers is Parks Canada’s top priority. Please respect traffic control personnel and reduced speed zones to help keep workers and motorists safe.

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Infrastructure project - Construction

Infrastructure project - Closure

Construction on Highway 93 South

Expect speed reductions, some single-lane alternating traffic and delays of up to 30 minutes. Potential delays of up to 1 hour are unlikely but possible.
Marble Canyon culvert (2019) and Haffner Creek bridge replacement

Marble Canyon culvert (tentative) and Haffner Creek bridge replacement (in progress)

An aging highway bridge at Haffner Creek, 1 km south of Marble Canyon, is being replaced for safety in 2018. An aging highway culvert at Marble Canyon will be replaced beginning in spring 2019.

  • Haffner Creek parking lot is closed until winter 2019. Two-way traffic will be maintained with a temporary bridge. Expect speed reductions, occasional lane reductions and delays of up to 30 minutes. Work will take place 7 days a week, 7 a.m. to 7.p.m. daily. No work on the highway will take place on long weekends.
  • In spring 2019, work may will begin to replace an aging structural culvert at Marble Canyon for safety and improved aquatic connectivity. When work begins at Marble Canyon in 2019 the parking lot and restrooms will close until winter. Marble Canyon trails will remain open through the year via a ~6.8km (round-trip) trail from the Paint Pots. Marble Canyon campground will also remain open.
Numa Falls bridge replacement and restroom rehabilitation

Numa Falls bridge replacement and restroom rehabilitation

No delays to motorists. The Numa Falls pedestrian bridge is being replaced. Site preparation will take place in fall 2018 and the bridge will be installed in spring 2019. Numa Creek Trail will also be cleared in spring and access to the Rockwall from this location will be restored for mid-summer 2019. 

Highway paving and maintenance (various locations)

Highway paving and maintenance (various locations)

Paving and road maintenance will take place at the following locations on Highway 93 South in 2018. Expect occasional single lane alternating traffic and delays of up to 20 minutes. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. No work on Sundays or long weekends.

  • Castle Junction to the Continental Divide (km 0 to 10.8) – in progress
  • Continental Divide to Paint Pots (km 10.8 to 18) – in progress
  • Vermilion Crossing to Hector Gorge (km 40.7 to 55.6)
  • Hector Gorge to Kootenay Crossing (km 55.6 to 60.2)
  • Kootenay Crossing to McLeod Meadows Campground (km 60.2 to 71)
     
Erosion control and slope stablisation

Erosion control and slope stablisation

Work to stabilize slopes and control erosion into the river will take place at two locations until early October 2018. Expect speed reductions and occasional brief delays while equipment is being moved.

  • 1 km north of the Floe Lake parking lot (km 31.5)
  • 2 km north of the Kootenay River picnic site (km 78)

Construction in Sinclair Canyon

Expect occasional minor delays.
Sinclair Canyon culvert replacements

Sinclair Canyon culvert replacements

The first of four highway culverts in Sinclair Canyon is being replaced for safety in the overflow parking lot north of Radium Hot Springs pools. The Rundle stone facing on the nearby Iron Gates Tunnel is also being rehabilitated. Expect reduced speeds and occasional delays for equipment movement. Minimal traffic impacts. 

Pedestrian safety improvements in Sinclair Canyon

Pedestrian safety improvements in Sinclair Canyon

Safety improvements, including new sidewalks, curb / gutters, hand railings, street lighting and retaining walls are now complete. Finishing touches on the road surface remain. Work will start at the Kootenay west gate and continue to the Hot Springs this fall.  

  

Construction at Radium Hot Springs 

Radium Hot Springs and Pleiades Spa and Wellness remain open while construction is ongoing. A temporary access ramp has been installed and opened to the public on December 15, 2017.

Radium Hot Springs grand opening ceremony as seen from the original parking lot. / Radium Hot Springs grand opening ceremony as seen from deck level.

Parks Canada is currently investing $8.1 million dollars to restore and improve the Radium Hot Springs aquacourt facility for current and future generations of visitors to enjoy. Radium Hot Springs is a federally designated heritage building. Constructed between 1949 and 1951, the Radium Hot Springs aquacourt facility was the first major post Second World War building project in Canada’s western national parks. 

What is happening?

This investment covers five multi-staged projects being rolled out consecutively between 2016 and 2018. The focus of the current projects is to repair the facility’s structure. Once complete, this work will be the single largest investment into the facility since it opened in 1951.  

Radium Hot Springs and Pleiades Spa and Wellness remain open for regular hours of operation while construction is ongoing. 

Parks Canada is making every effort to minimize the disturbance on site during construction. Temporary walls and safety fencing have been installed around the construction areas to ensure visitors’ safety when accessing the site.

Accessible parking with ramp access to the facility is available in the small parking lot on the north bound side of Hwy 93 S. Regular parking, including parking for buses and RVs is only available in the main parking lot on the southbound side of the highway. Some construction noise may be audible during regular operating hours.  

Visitor safety is Parks Canada’s top priority. Please respect all closed signs and fencing. 

When is this work occurring?

Construction at Radium Hot Springs began in the fall of 2016 and will continue through winter 2018. Three of the five projects (outlined below) are now complete.  

Why is this work important?

This work represents the single largest investment that Parks Canada has made in Radium Hot Springs since the facility was opened in 1951. Once complete, these projects will:

  • Ensure the facility meets current building codes and safety requirements
  • Improve accessibility at Radium Hot Springs
  • Reduce the facility’s environmental footprint 
  • Protect a federally designated heritage building (FHBRO designated) and pool facilities for future generations of Canadians to enjoy.
  • Improve habitat for Rubber Boas, a snake species of special concern
Completed projects
Roof top patio
  • Replace sundeck and pool level roofs
  • Repair water damage and fix existing leaks
  • Install new pavers and safety railings

Roof top deck under construction at Radium Hot Springs. / New roof top deck at Radium Hot Springs.

Resturant and gift shop renovation
  • Renovate diner space
  • Replace all mechanical,  electrical systems and fire protection systems
  • Create a new floor plan for the space

Beginning of renovation on restaurant and gift shop. Restaurant and gift shop mid-way through renovation. Completed restaurant and gift shop renovation at Radium Hot Springs.

The contract to operate the café and gift shop concession will be put to tender during the fall of 2017. Anyone interested in operating the food and beverage and gift shop concession at the Radium Hot Springs pools may contact us in advance and ask to be advised with the tender package is released to the public.

Please contact: Julian England, Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Rockies Hot Springs, 250-347-2128.

Mechanical and electrical system upgrades
Basement following renovation.
  • Replace out-dated and inefficient mechanical and electrical components in the main building and swimming pools with new energy efficient technology
  • Upgrade geothermal building heating and domestic hot water systems
  • Replace all water pipes and valves
  • Replace emergency power generator
  • Replace the de-chlorination system
  • Improve fire sprinkler system coverage
In progress 
Pedestrian access ramp from small parking lot to the Aquacourt
Planned completion: Fall 2018
  • Demolish existing 31 year old ramp (complete).
  • Replace with a new ramp spanning more than 50 metres with a 2.8 m elevation. The new ramp shares many of the same engineering complexities as a bridge due to its location. 
  • Install enhanced snowmelt system to improve winter accessibility.
Main pedestrian bridge, walkway structural repairs and grounds improvement
Planned completion: Spring 2019
  • Demolish the 70 year old north entrance pedestrian bridge (complete)
  • Replace the north entrance pedestrian bridge
  • Structural repairs to the retaining wall above the shallow soaking pool (“hot pool”)
  • Construct second pedestrian access ramp
  • Install enhanced snowmelt system to improve winter accessibility
  • Landscaping, sightline and outdoor lighting improvements
Are any interior renovations planned?

 

Interior renovations are in the planning phase and will be announced when designs are finalized and funding is in place. The $5.7 million dollars announced in 2015 was earmarked for the projects identified above. Parks Canada has prioritized structural repairs to ensure the long-term viability of the facility for current and future generations of Canadians.

 

For more information: 

Contact:
Amy Krause
Position:
Public Relations and Communications Officer
Telephone:
403-522-4230