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.firstname.lastname@example.org or 204-984-4555.
Newfoundland and Labrador
North Head Trail Rehabilitation-Minor visitor impact
Replacement of the Queen's Battery Barracks Roofing Material-Minor visitor impact
Water Distribution System Rehabilitation-Minor visitor impact
Rehabilitation of Park Entrance Areas-Major visitor impact
Playground Equipment Rehabilitation-Minor visitor impact
Newman Sound Campground Entrance Kiosk Rehabilitation-Minor Visitor Impact
Road Construction Work
This roadwork will enhance the travelling experience for visitors and residents traversing the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
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.
Currently, re-surfacing and infrastructure improvement work is happening on portions of the Homestead Trail. Public safety is a priority for Parks Canada. For this reason, the affected sections of the trail will be closed as work progresses. Construction work should be completed by late June 2018.
Both the Woodlands and the Reeds and Rushes trails in Dalvay will be closed as Parks Canada is taking action to improve the health of priority forest stands in the Dalvay area of the park. To ensure the safety of all visitors, it is necessary for Parks Canada to close these trails until further notice.
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.
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.
To facilitate the completion of this project, temporary closures of areas affected by the work and the suspension of marina operations will be required. Navigation access will be maintained throughout the navigation season. Work zones will be clearly identified and secured and Parks Canada requests that visitors exercise patience and caution, in addition to respecting the temporary signage.
Closed for 2018 and 2019
Fort Lennox National Historic Site is currently closed to the public for major restoration work.
Restoration of the fire protection system
- Catholic chapel: Winter 2018
- Lazaretto: Fall 2017
- Disinfection building and the repair shop: Fall 2017
- Third-class hotel: Fall 2017
- First-class hotel: Winter 2018
The work will consist of upgrading the mechanical components and/or replacing the pipes of the fire protection systems, if needed.
Restoration of the outer walls of the buildings
- Old wash house: roof (2016) and siding (2017-2018)
The work will imply the restoration of the exterior wood siding as well as the doors and windows.
Partial closure of Cap-des-Rosiers Beach due to the beach restoration project-Spring 2017 to Spring 2018.
Blanchette House restoration
September 2017: closure of the buildings in L’Anse-Blanchette. There may be noise, dust and impediments to road traffic in the South area and to the Grande-Grave wharf. There will be a slight deviation of Les Graves Trail nearby the works zone.
Major rehabilitation work at La Mauricie National Park
During the 2018 season, major rehabilitation work will be done in the Saint-Jean-des-Piles sector. The Saint-Jean-des-Piles Visitor Centre and Interpretation Centre, Rivière à la Pêche Service Centre, Campground, and trail network, as well as the Edouard Lake Picnic Area, will be closed.
No other option could ensure the safe and efficient upkeep of the construction sites planned for 2018 in this area. This decision was made with full understanding of how it might affect the teams and the quality of the visitor experience. We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding!
- The entire site will be closed starting Sept. 5th as construction and restoration work proceeds through the fall and winter.
- Beachy Cove: Open. Construction until June 30.
- Lightstation Trail: Closed for the season.
- Cave Trail: Closed for the season.
- Camper dock: closed for the season.
Cyprus Lake & Grotto:
- 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
- Stores building structural stabilization -Minor visitor impact
- Entry road reconstruction -Minor Visitor Impact
- Powerhouse water infiltration mitigation and structural stabilisation -Minor visitor impact/temporary closure
- Historic stone wall repair
Repair the perimeter limestone walls surrounding Lower Fort Garry.
- Rehabilitation of heritage buildings
Project includes improving accessibility of the Big House; and improving/upgrading fire protection and electrical systems for the Big House, Fur Loft and Men's House.
- Water and wastewater system replacement
Replace water and wastewater system at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site.
- Historic stone wall repair
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.
Akamina Parkway: Closed until further notice.
Peace Park Plaza and marina parking lot: Closed until further notice.
- Cavell Road - Closed April 1 to August 2018
- Highway 93A (south of Wabasso Campground to Geraldine Road)- Closed July 30 to October 31, 2018
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.
Miette Hot Springs
From September 5th to the end of 2017, Miette Hot Springs will replace their current roof with standing seam metal roofing on two buildings. Additional painting will occur on the exteriors of both buildings (with the exception of the small café patio area). The facility will reopen in early May 2018.
Restoration work to Lower Battery Casemate Barracks, the Lower Battery Canteen and the Upper Battery Fortifications. Some areas are temporarily closed.
Construction at Radium Hot Springs
Construction at Radium Hot Springs began in the fall of 2016 and will continue through spring 2018. Radium Hot Springs and Pleiades Spa and Wellness remain open while construction is ongoing. Three of five projects are now complete. The remaining two projects – the pedestrian access ramp on the west side of the facility and the original main entry bridge – have been winterized and work in these locations will resume in the spring of 2018. Parks Canada anticipates completing these final two projects by the summer of 2018.
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.
Lindeman - patrol camp
The Lindeman camp area is the headquarters for the Chilkoot Trail NHS operations during the summer months. It is over 40 years old and the buildings are in poor condition. It will receive a number of upgrades, including a staff living/office facility and visitor first aid room.
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.