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.

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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 culvert and Haffner Creek bridge replacement 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 until winter 2019; Haffner Creek until June 2019
What: An aging structural culvert at Marble Canyon will be 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: When work begins at Marble Canyon in summer 2019 the parking lot and restrooms will close until winter. Marble Canyon trails will remain open through the year via a ~6.8 km (round-trip) trail from the Paint Pots. Marble Canyon campground will also remain open.

Traffic:Speed reductions and travel over a two-way detour bridge, 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 and Pleiades Spa and Wellness remain open while construction is ongoing.

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 2019. 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 summer 2019. 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