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.
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Newfoundland and Labrador
This project includes enhancements to infrastructure including electrical, heating/cooling, communication and septic systems. Improvements will also be made to the theatre, exhibits, cafe and gift shop.
Contemporary Asset Rehabilitation
The project will include the recapitalization of the existing Visitor Centre building; rehabilitation and upgrading of the existing onsite septic/wastewater system; and rehabilitation and upgrading of the existing orientation plaza, including the information kiosk.
New Heritage Experience Centre: a modern, flagship exhibit to present the stories of the Halifax Citadel in new, interactive ways (2020).
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
Province House National Historic Site is currently closed for an extensive conservation project. The building is more than 170 years old and in pressing need of repair. Province House is a historic and complex building and this project presents the unique challenge of rehabilitating the structure, while respecting its heritage character-defining elements.
The Government of Canada is investing in the Province House project to conserve this structure, which is both the historic birthplace of Canada and the seat of Prince Edward Island’s Provincial Legislature. This project began in 2015 and is slated to be completed in 2022.
Infrastructure work is now underway at Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site. The construction project was awarded to Groupe Atwill-Morin from Montreal, Quebec, who specializes in heritage building restoration. As part of the first phase of restoration, this portion of the project will focus on masonry work to support efforts of stabilizing the tower.
The construction is expected to continue until late December 2020. Work will involve restoring the exterior wall of the tower, stone by stone.
Planned Project for 2020
South Kouchibouguac Campground Building E is expected to be in construction during the camping season. Sites 197, 202, 234 and 235 have been blocked off for the season in order to accommodate portable bathroom units as well as materials' storage. Visitors can expect some construction noise during daytime hours.
Repairing sections of the jetty’s walls, installing structural concrete slabs, curbs and guardrails, building pedestrian trails and installing new lampposts. The jetty’s surface will also be replaced with concrete and wood inserts, as these materials are more resistant to spring freshets and flooding. This section will be closed to visitors. The construction is expected to begin in May 2020 and end in November 2020.
Closed until 2021
Fort Lennox National Historic Site is currently closed to the public for major restoration work.
By May 2021
As soon as it reopens in 2021, the visitors’ adventure, accented by activities and challenges, will begin aboard the ship and continue inside the entire fortification:
- Service zone redevelopment (food areas, sani-stations).
- A new approach highlighting the island’s occupation from 600 BC to today.
- A timeline for appreciating Parks Canada’s rich archeological collection.
- Twelve alcoves showing how people and families lived since the barracks' construction in 1825 to today.
- The visitor centre, located on the mainland, will be open to the public during the 2020 summer season. Visitors can obtain tourist information from the centre and learn about work in progress.
- The boaters’ dock will be closed during the construction work. It will be accessible again in 2021.
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 2020.
- 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
oTENTiks closed for summer 2020. Multiple Projects.
Cyprus Lake Campground & Grotto:
- Construction of the Cyprus Lake Campground comfort station will be ongoing in 2020.
- 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 - Minor visitor impact/temporary closure
- Powerhouse water infiltration mitigation and structural stabilisation -Minor visitor impact/temporary closure
- Emergency Swing Dam Improvements -Minor visitor impact
Visitor Centre Rehabilitation.
Bar U Ranch National Historic Site
Astotin Lake Visitor Facility Rehabilitation - Periodic work 2016–2020
Improvements to facilities in the main visitor day use area, campground and trails.
Whistlers Campground - Closed for reconstruction in 2020
Construction has started on the project that will ensure meaningful and high-quality experiences at the campground for people coming to Jasper National Park, while also contributing to growth in the tourism sector over the long-term.
To allow the work to take place in a safe, efficient and effective manner, Parks Canada would like to advise the public that the campground will remain closed for the 2020 operational season. 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 2020
In 2020, 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 2020 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. Parks Canada will provide updates on this project throughout the construction period. If you would like to receive updates, please subscribe to Jasper National Park’s mailing list.
Projects in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve: