Infrastructure improvements at Parks Canada places
To ensure visitors have the best possible experiences, we are renewing structures like trails, campgrounds, visitor centres and parkways in our treasured places across the country.
This is the result of an unprecedented investment in the infrastructure of Canada’s precious natural and historic legacy. These investments, totaling $3 billion over 5 years, represent the largest federal infrastructure plan in the history of Parks Canada.
We will make every effort to minimize disruptions caused by the infrastructure work for your clients. In most instances these disruptions will be minimal and where there is a higher impact, there will be new programming to ensure a positive experience for all our visitors.
The following upcoming projects may have a temporary impact on your clients’ visit. For specific details on the project or potential visitor impacts, please follow the links. Please check back often as the information is updated.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jennifer Burnell, Travel Trade Advisor at Jennifer.email@example.com or 204-984-4555.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Newman Sound Outdoor Theatre Upgrades-Minor visitor impact
This project will see the design and construction of an expanded stage, a covering for the stage and the addition of a covered exterior sound booth at the rear of the seating area.
- Old Town Clock Rehabilitation (July 2018 – Spring 2019)
- Masonry Rehabilitation (Ongoing until March 2020)
- Cavalier Building roof replacement (May 2018 – May 2019)
- Site lift (2019)
- New Heritage Experience Centre: a modern, flagship exhibit to present the stories of the Halifax Citadel in new, interactive ways (2019)
We are building better roads and bridges in Cape Breton Highlands National Park
This work will make travelling in your national park safer and more enjoyable in the future
Jeremy’s Bay Campground improvements planned for 2020
To undertake a project of this magnitude efficiently and safely means that Jeremy’s Bay Campground will be closed for the 2020 season. All day-use area facilities and backcountry activities and facilities will remain open for experiencing Kejimkujik during the closure of the campground.
Prince Edward Island
Construction work has begun and will continue through 2018. The project will be complete in June 2019. Phase 1 has been completed and the project is now moving into Phase 2. This will include the construction of a new visitor centre that will house the gift shop, ticketing, orientation area, exhibits and washrooms. It will also include revisions to the parking lot and changes to landscaped pathways and planting.
Regular dates and hours of operation will be in effect through the 2018 visitor season and Parks Canada will continue to provide quality services and programming during the construction period.
Park Entrance Kiosks at Grahams Lane in Cavendish
Infrastructure work has begun at the Grahams Lane entrance to the Cavendish section of Prince Edward Island National Park. Construction will take place between October 2018 and June 2019 (weather dependent).
Please note: Province House National Historic Site will be closed for five years for conservation work beginning January 1, 2015.
This major 5-year conservation project will be ongoing to improve the structure and design of the site. The heritage site is expected to reopen in 2020.
In the meantime, there are alternative offers in place. Located next door, the Confederation Centre of the Arts is offering the Story of Confederation. It also encases an impressive replica of Confederation Chamber. In this Chamber, visitors are able to watch Parks Canada’s award-winning film, A Building of Destiny.
Investigative work will begin during the 2016 operational season and will be followed by restoration and reconstruction activities that are expected to be completed by 2020. During this period, the 1812 tower will be closed to visitors; however, Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site will remain open to visitors to enjoy and explore the Visitor Centre, Exhibit Gallery, and grounds.
We are modernizing and improving our services at Kouchibouguac National Park in order to better serve our guests. Due to infrastructure upgrades, some campground opening dates have been changed.
Construction work being undertaken on the Kollock Bridge requires some trail closures in the Park. The following trails are now closed until further notice: the trail (bike path) between Kellys Beach and Callanders Beach and the Major Kollock mountain bike trail. The Salt Marsh Trail will remain open.
The trail (bike path) between Loggiecroft Road and the Claire Fontaine Trail is closed until further notice. This closure is necessary in order to complete the work associated with the new Rankin Brook Bridge. This closure does not affect the trail (bike path) from Middle Kouchibouguac to Côte-À-Fabien. The trail remains open from Pointe-Sapin to the Claire Fontaine Trail.
Major rehabilitation work at the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site
Major rehabilitation work will be done on the marine structures of the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal.
When visiting or driving through Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site, you may encounter one or more construction zones or reduced services while we complete this important work. Please plan ahead before you visit to avoid inconvenience.
Parks Canada must take action now to upgrade numerous structural elements of the historic canals. Major work will be carried out on walls, locks, bridges, tunnels, footbridges, weirs, as well as on heritage buildings and visitor facilities (service areas, paths and accesses, etc.).
Closed for 2019
Fort Lennox National Historic Site is currently closed to the public for major restoration work.
By May 2020
As you arrive at the site, on the mainland:
- Extension work of the technical services workshop (2018-2019)
- Use of the parking lot as a storage area (2018-2020)
- The visitor centre, located on the mainland, will be open to the public during the 2018 and 2019 summer seasons. Visitors can obtain tourist information from the centre and learn more about Parks Canada’s leadership in cultural resource conservation.
On the island:
- Barrack: rehabilitation of foundations and stone work and revitalization of visitor facilities (2018-2020)
- Officers’ Quarters: partial removal of asbestos (2017-2018)
- North Magazine and South Magazine: analysis of the structure’s condition and protective measures (2018-2019)
- Barge dock: repair of the barge dock on the island side (2018-2019)
- Endangered species: project to manage the bat population residing on the island
- The boaters’ dock will be closed during the construction work. It will be accessible again in 2020.
The 2019 summer season will run from May 16 to October 14. Although both entrances will be open, it will not be possible to cross the park from one entrance to the other, so please plan your visit accordingly.
Closed during the 2019 season:
- The Parkway between the Esker and the Wapizagonke Picnic Area
- Lac Gabet Trail
- Île-aux-Pins Lookout and Vide-Bouteille Lookout
- Lac du Caribou, Modène Lake, Boyer Lake, Marechal Lake, Cobb Bay and Baie des Onze Îles
- Du Caribou-Wapizagonke, Maréchal-Tessier, and de la Halte-Wapizagonke portage trails
Accessible via the Saint-Jean-des-Piles entrance:
- All trails, lakes, picnic areas, and rest areas located between the Saint-Jean-des-Piles entrance and the Wapizagonke Picnic Area
- The Wapizagonke and Rivière à la Pêche campgrounds will only be accessible via the Saint-Jean-des-Piles entrance.
Accessible via the Saint-Mathieu-du-Parc entrance:
- The Shewenegan Picnic Area, including the Les Cascades and Les Falaises trails
- Esker Picnic Area
- Mistagance Campground
- La Clairière Group Campground
- Ruisseau Brodeur Trail and La Tourbière Trail
- Lac du Caribou, Baie des Onze Îles Lake, and Cobb Bay will be closed.
- To access Waber Lake, visitors must pass through Wapizagonke Lake (4 km) and the Waber-Wapizagonke Portage (3 km).
- The Saint-Mathieu-du-Parc entrance is still the best way to access sites 1 to 6 on Wapizagonke Lake to avoid a long journey. The closest boat rental kiosk is at the Shewenegan Picnic Area.
- To access sites 7 to 15 on Wapizagonke Lake, we recommend that you use the Saint-Jean-des-Piles entrance if you hope to reach your site in under two hours. The closest boat rental kiosk is at the Wapizagonke Picnic Area.
- For safety reasons, Lac du Caribou, Baie des Onze Îles Lake, Cobb Bay, Modène Lake, and Maréchal Lake will be closed to fishing. Given these closures, there will be no random draws for fishing spots at the Saint-Mathieu Visitor Centre in 2019. Those who wish to fish must go to the Saint-Jean-des-Piles entrance.
Closed to the public for conservation work
In order to carry out major restoration work on its historic buildings, the Manoir Papineau National Historic Site will be closed to the public in 2019.
- Replacement of the roof covering
- Repairs to the woodwork, including the doors and windows
- Repairs to the rough plaster
- Restoration or revamping of the finishes inside the manor
- Stabilization of the ballroom’s dome ceiling
- Securing of the building foundation
- Structural repairs
- Stabilization of the masonry
- Replacement of the oil tank with a propane tank
- Works near the Family Museum
- Construction work will be ongoing on trails and picnic areas this year. Some sections of the trails will be closed for a few minutes at a time as crews move material or equipment.
- We are rebuilding the stairs at the cave on Middle Bluff. This area will remain closed until the work is completed later in 2019. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Cyprus Lake Campground & Grotto:
- o Construction of the Cyprus Lake Campground comfort station will be ongoing autumn 2018 and spring 2019.
- Campers should expect some construction sounds and possible minor delays.
- Please note some trail sections will be closed for short periods of time during upgrades.
- All work will be done in the day or early evening.
- This will not affect access to the Grotto, Indian head Cove or the Georgian Bay shoreline.
- Superintendent's residence rehabilitation -Moderate visitor impact
- Powerhouse water infiltration mitigation and structural stabilisation -Minor visitor impact/temporary closure
- Emergency Swing Dam Improvementsn -Minor visitor impact
- From Spring 2019- Winter 2019, Peyto Lake Day Use Area will be closed, including parking lots, restrooms, trails and viewing platforms, while the restrooms are replaced and the parking lots reconfigured for improved traffic flow and increased capacity. Note: This project is at a preliminary stage and construction timelines are not yet confirmed. Updates will be provided.
- Lake Louise Visitor Centre will be closed for interior renovations January until June 2019. Information services and public restrooms will be provided from temporary facilities in the Samson Mall parking lot.
- Hamlet of Lake Louise – Aging water and sewer pipes in the Lake Louise village will be replaced in 2019 on Village Road, Sentinel Road and Fairview Road. Significant impact to shuttle services in Lake Louise are not anticipated. Traffic flow will be maintained at all times but delays are possible. Plan ahead and leave some extra time in your travels.
- Visitor Gates on the Icefields Parkway at the junction with the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 11 are being reconstructed for improved safety and traffic flow. The gates are expected to reopen by mid-May 2019.
- The Pipestone and Mud Lake trails will be closed while water main and reservoir upgrades are underway. The area will reopen for winter 2019/20.
Astotin Lake Visitor Facility Rehabilitation - Periodic work 2016–2020
Improvements to facilities in the main visitor day use area, campground and trails.
Welcome Area Rehabilitation - Winter 2017–spring 2019
Improvements required to the visitor reception and parking area so they meet the needs of visitors and can accommodate larger recreational vehicles.
Access Roads Rehabilitation - Ongoing through spring 2020
Rehabilitation of access roads to areas within the park so they can be travelled safely by visitors and staff. Areas included are the Tawayik day use area, Bison Loop and Lookout, Bison Handling Facility, administration and operations building and Wood Bison day use area.
Whistlers Campground - Closed for reconstruction in 2019
This year will mark the end of one era and the dawn of a new one for the iconic Whistlers Campground. To meet the needs of today's traveller, major reconstruction will begin in fall 2018 and continue throughout all of 2019. When the campground reopens, visitors will be greeted with:
- New registration centre
- 17 new washroom and shower facilities
- Improved campsites and roads
- Upgraded utilities
Camping in 2019
In 2019, it will be important to make a camping reservation before coming to Jasper National Park. Visit the Parks Canada Reservation System at www.reservation.pc.gc.ca to find a campsite.
There are over one thousand other front-country campsites in 10 campgrounds in Jasper National Park that will continue to be available for the 2019 camping season. In addition, there are 15 other campgrounds within a close proximity to Jasper National Park that offer a range of camping experiences.
Thank you for your patience as we work to improve Whistlers Campground.
Belmont Battery is currently closed for restoration, work to be complete in 2019.
Marble Canyon culvert and Haffner Creek bridge replacement 2019
When work begins at Marble Canyon in spring 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.
Construction at Radium Hot Springs
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.
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.
Construction at Radium Hot Springs began in the fall of 2016 and will continue through summer 2019. Three of the five projects are now complete.
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
Interior renovations are in the planning phase and will be announced when designs are finalized and funding is in place. The original $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.
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.
Rehabilitation of Kicking Horse Campground
Improvements are underway at Kicking Horse Campground including the construction of a kiosk and new shower building. The washrooms, playground and sani-station will also be refurbished and a new propane generator will be installed. Work is scheduled to be complete for the 2019 season.
Projects in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve:
Bennett - St. Andrews Church
The structural rehabilitation of Saint Andrew's Church will incorporate a new visitor experience offer at Bennett on the Chilkoot Trail. This work will also include needed roof replacement and fire suppression modifications.