Parks Canada is completing work to enhance and re-establish vital infrastructure, services and activities in Waterton Lakes National Park. Many projects have already been completed under the Federal Infrastructure Investment and Road to Recovery programs. Visit our Completed Projects page for pictures and information.
Federal Infrastructure Investment program
Parks Canada will invest $3 billion over 5 years to support infrastructure improvements within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. This historic investment supports conservation while promoting visitor experience and making our infrastructure safer and more appealing to visitors.
Approximately $102 million has been invested throughout the park through the Federal Infrastructure Investment Program over the last five years.
Road to Recovery program
Parks Canada is assessing, repairing and rebuilding over 30 assets damaged in the 2017 Kenow Wildfire.
Projects resulting in a closure or major impact
Day Use Area reconstruction
Work is now underway on several Day Use Areas. Some closures are expected throughout the season as picnic sites, shelters and privies are rebuilt. Areas receiving repairs and upgrades include Knight’s Lake, Hay Barn, Driftwood Beach, McNeely’s, Little Prairie, Coppermine and Lost Horse. Currently, McNeely’s, Lost Horse, Knight’s Lake and Coppermine are closed. Little Prairie parking is open but there is no access to facilities.
Crandell Mountain Campground
The Crandell Mountain Campground area will continue to be closed to public access. Stage one of Crandell Mountain Campground reconstruction is now underway. Stage one includes completing underground utilities and infrastructure, the water tank and water treatment building, wildlife corridor reclamation and rough grading the Crandell Lake Trail parking lot and trailhead.
Landscaping and interior construction continues on the new visitor centre. An opening date is yet to be determined.
Projects resulting in a lesser impact
Akamina Parkway is now open. Some reclamation, landscaping and sign installation is underway and this may result in occasional lane and parking space closures this fall.
Prince of Wales hill
Partial closures are expected, but access to the hill’s viewpoint will be maintained. Please respect the work area when accessing the viewpoint.
Red Rock Canyon Day Use Area
Construction is underway on the Red Rock Canyon loop trail. Currently, the upper bridge and portions of the west pathway are closed to public access. Parts of the canyon may also be closed for public safety. This work will continue through the fall.
Solar array and storage battery
Parks Canada is working with Fortis Alberta to install a solar array and storage battery in Waterton Lakes National Park to improve the power supply’s reliability. The system will be located in the northwest corner of the Parks Canada operations compound and is anticipated to be operational in fall 2021.
The Townsite Campground is open in 2021. Some work continues on maintenance facilities, but impacts to visitors will be minimal.
Wilderness trail bridges
Pedestrian bridges on the Snowshoe, Akamina Pass, Dipper and Crandell Lake trails will be useable while some finishing work takes place. Use caution while crossing. The Bertha Falls bridge is also scheduled for replacement this summer. Continue to use the horse trail detour in the meantime.
What to know before you visit
When visiting Waterton Lakes National Park, you may encounter one or more construction zones or reduced services. Please plan ahead before you travel to avoid inconvenience.