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.

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.

Skip to list.

Infrastructure project - Construction

Infrastructure project - Closure

Construction on Highway 93 South

Highway maintenance will continue on Highway 93 South in 2019. Expect regular 20 minute delays between Castle Junction and Radium Hot Springs. The Numa Falls day use area will remain closed in 2019. Marble Canyon day use area will also close for a portion of 2019. Check Drive BC for current highway information.
Slope repair and rock scaling

Slope repair and rock scaling

Where: Near Marble Canyon (88 km north of Radium Hot Springs, B.C.)
When: July 2019 until winter 2019
What: Slopes next to the highway will be re-graded and reinforced.

Visitor impacts: None

Traffic: Speed reductions and single lane alternating traffic, seven days a week until the winter. No traffic disruptions on long weekends. Expect maximum 20 minute delays.

Marble Canyon closure 2019

Marble Canyon culvert and Haffner Creek bridge replacement 2019

Where: Marble Canyon and Haffner Creek (86 km north of Radium Hot Springs, B.C.)
When: Marble Canyon, June 17 until winter 2019; Haffner Creek, May until July 2019
What: An aging structural culvert at Marble Canyon is being replaced for safety and improved bull trout conservation. An aging highway bridge at Haffner Creek, 1 km south of Marble Canyon, is also being replaced for safety and will be completed in June 2019.

Visitor impacts: The parking lot and restrooms at Marble Canyon are closed until winter. Marble Canyon trails are open via a ~6.8 km (round-trip) trail from the Paint Pots. Marble Canyon campground is also open.

Traffic: Speed reductions, seven days a week until the winter. No traffic disruptions on long weekends. Expect maximum 20 minute delays.

Numa Falls bridge replacement and restroom rehabilitation

Numa Falls bridge replacement and restroom rehabilitation

Where: Numa Falls (78 km north of Radium Hot Springs, B.C.)
When: Summer and fall 2019
What: The Numa Falls pedestrian bridge is being replaced. Site preparation and bridge installation will take place in summer 2019.

Visitor impacts: Numa Creek Viewpoint will reopen and access to the Rockwall from this location will also be restored for 2020.

Traffic: No delays to motorists.

Wardle Creek bridge replacement

Wardle Creek bridge replacement

Where: Wardle Creek (53 km north of Radium Hot Springs, B.C.)
When: July until winter 2019
What: An aging highway bridge at Wardle Creek, 8 km south of Kootenay Park Lodge, will be replaced for safety. A temporary detour bridge will be constructed in 2019.

Visitor impacts: None

Traffic: Speed reductions and occasional single lane alternating traffic, seven days a week until the winter. No traffic disruptions on long weekends. Expect maximum 20 minute delays.

Highway paving and maintenance (various locations)

Highway paving and maintenance (various locations)

Paving, rehabilitation and maintenance will take place on parts of Highway 93 South in 2019 including line painting and rumble strips. Speed reductions and single lane alternating traffic, seven days a week until the winter. No traffic disruptions on long weekends. Expect maximum 20 minute delays.

  • Vermilion Crossing to Marble Canyon (62 km to 86 km north of Radium Hot Springs, B.C.)
  • Radium Hot Pools to Crooks’ Meadow Group Campground (2 km to 26 km north of Radium Hot Springs, B.C.)

Construction in Sinclair Canyon

Parks Canada has improved pedestrian access to Sinclair Canyon and replaced an aging culvert for safety and improved aquatic connectivity.
Culvert replacements and rehabilitation

Culvert replacements and rehabilitation

Where: Four locations between Kimpton Creek and Radium Hot Pools
When: July until winter 2019
What: Two aging culverts in Sinclair Canyon are being replaced and two additional culverts are being repaired in 2019.

Visitor impacts: Kimpton Creek Trailhead will close for a portion of the fall.

Traffic: Expect reduced speeds, single lane alternating traffic at Kimpton Creek (6 km north of the Radium Hot Pools), and temporary lane closures with occasional minor delays for equipment movement at all other locations.

Rock scaling

Rock scaling

Where: North of the Radium Hot Pools
When: Fall 2019
What: Rock scaling and blasting, and hauling of rock.

Traffic: Beginning after the Labour Day weekend, expect regular 20 minute delays 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Additional extended delays for rock blasting may occur between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Delays are typically 30 minutes but maximum delays of up to 90 minutes are possible. No traffic disruptions on long weekends from Thursday 7 p.m. until Tuesday 7 a.m.

Construction at Radium Hot Springs

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

Radium Hot Springs pool facility is a federally designated heritage building. Constructed between 1949 and 1951, the Radium Hot Springs pools facility was the first major post Second World War building project in Canada’s western national parks. 

What is happening?

Renovations to the men’s and women’s change rooms will begin as early as October 15 and continue until December 20, 2019. The majority of this work will be completed prior to the facility opening to the public at 1:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. 

A four-week closure of Radium Hot Springs pools facilities and Pleiades Spa and Wellness is scheduled from Monday October 21 to Monday November 18, 2019.

Between 2016 and the summer of 2019, Parks Canada invested over $9.5 million dollars to restore and improve the Radium Hot Springs pools facility for current and future generations of visitors to enjoy. This investment included five multi-staged projects that focused on repairing the facility’s structure. This work was the single largest investment into the facility since it opened in 1951. 

Now that the exterior and grounds of the pools facility are structurally sound, have a smaller environmental footprint and meet current building codes, Parks Canada is focusing on interior renovations. 

Construction on the five structural phases of work is now close to completion. Minor structural construction work will continue throughout the fall. Landscaping at the front of the building will occur in spring 2020.   

Why is this work important?

The Radium Hot Springs pool facility welcomes over half of all visitors to Kootenay National Park annually. As Parks Canada prepares to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Kootenay’s establishment in 2020, Radium Hot Springs pools facility is recognized as a favorite stopping point for past, present and future visitors. Renovation’s to the men’s and women’s change rooms will repair water damage, improve the aesthetics, and replace aged fixtures and furnishings in the men’s and women’s change rooms. 

Combined with recently completed structural and mechanical work, these projects: 

  • Ensure the facility is structurally sound, and meets current building codes and health and safety requirements.
  • Improve accessibility to the facility by replacing the ramp from the small parking lot and adding a second ramp from the loading zone at the front of the building.
  • Reduce the facility’s environmental footprint by using excess geothermal heat from the hot springs to heat the facility and melt snow off ramps and pathways.
  • Improve habitat for Rubber Boas, a snake species of special concern. 
  • Protect a federally designated heritage building (and pool facilities for future generations of Canadians to enjoy.
New projects

Men's and women's change rooms

Between October 15 and December 20, 2019 Parks Canada will be renovating the men’s and women’s change rooms at Radium Hot Springs pools facility in Kootenay National Park. 
Renovation plans include: 

  • Replacing the flooring, ceilings and lighting in the men’s and women’s change rooms.
  • Installing new tiles and fixtures in the men’s and women’s showers. 
  • Replacing the benches, cubical partitions, sinks and counter surfaces in the women’s change room.
  • Repainting the men’s and women’s change rooms. 

The majority of this work will be completed prior to the facility opening to the public at 1 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Parks Canada anticipates completely closing Radium Hot Springs pools facility, including Pleiades Spa and Wellness, for a four week period from Monday October 21 until Monday November 18, 2019. 

Café and gift shop concession

The contract to operate the café and gift shop concession will be put to tender during the fall of 2019. 

Anyone interested in operating the food and beverage and gift shop concession at the Radium Hot Springs pools facility may contact the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Canadian Rockies Hot Springs at: Julian.England@canada.ca

Completed projects
Roof top patio
  • Replaced sundeck and pool level roofs
  • Repaired water damage and fixed existing leaks
  • Installed new pavers and safety railings
     

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

Restaurant 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.

 
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

Pedestrian access ramp from small parking lot to the pools facility

  • Replaced 31-year-old ramp with a new ramp spanning more than 50 metres with a 2.8 m elevation change 
  • Installed enhanced snowmelt system to improve winter accessibility

Main pedestrian bridge, walkway structural repairs and grounds improvement

  • Replaced the 70-year-old north entrance pedestrian bridge
  • Structural repairs to the retaining wall above the shallow soaking pool (“hot pool”)
  • Constructed second pedestrian access ramp
  • Installed enhanced snowmelt system to improve winter accessibility
  • Landscaping, sightline and outdoor lighting improvements
 

 

For more information: 

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