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.

Parks Canada’s federal infrastructure investment program

Parks Canada’s 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.

A significant amount of Parks Canada’s existing highway 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 ensure safe and reliable roads while protecting the ecological and cultural integrity of our national treasures; the continued flow of commercial goods through these vital East-West corridors; and an improved visitor experience for the almost five million visitors to the mountain national parks each year.

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

While in Banff 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. This is not an exhaustive list of infrastructure projects underway. Only projects that may impact visitors are listed. 

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Highways

For road conditions and current highway construction in Alberta, visit Alberta 511 or dial 511 (inside Alberta only). For highways in British Columbia, visit Drive BC or call 1-800-550-4997.

Trans-Canada Highway

No significant disruptions to visitors or motorists are expected. Projects and timelines are subject to change. Updates will be provided as projects and timelines are confirmed.

Bow Valley Parkway

No significant disruptions to visitors or motorists are expected. Projects and timelines are subject to change. Updates will be provided as projects and timelines are confirmed. Closures or restrictions may be in place to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Please review these changes before visiting the park.

Highway 93 South

Expect increased traffic volumes from April 12 to June 1, 2021. Motorists from the Trans-Canada Highway are being diverted through Kootenay National Park due to scheduled highway improvements west of Yoho National Park. Visit BC MOTI's Kicking Horse Canyon Project for more information.

Vermilion Pass Brake Check

Rehabilitation work at the Vermilion Pass brake will continue in 2021 to improve motorist safety.

  • Location: 6 km from Castle Junction
  • Visitor Impacts: None
  • Traffic Impacts: Expect speed reductions and occasional delays up to 20 minutes.
Icefields Parkway

Nigel Creek bridge rehabilitation

An aging bridge will be rehabilitated to improve motorist safety on the Icefields Parkway. 

  • Location: Highway 93N, 30 km north of Saskatchewan River Crossing
  • Estimated dates: May until September 2021
  • Traffic impacts: Work underway 7 days per week during daylight hours. No work on long weekends. Expect single lane alternating traffic, speed reductions and delays up to 20 minutes in peak periods 

Day-use areas and other sites

The Peyto Lake day use area, including the viewpoint, viewing platform, parking lots, restrooms and access road, are closed until August 2021. Plan ahead and explore other places.

Spring 2021: April to June

Lake Louise and Icefields Parkway areas

Note: Moraine Lake Road remains under a seasonal closure until late May. Lake Louise Drive is open.

Peyto Lake – The entire Peyto Lake day use area is closed for rehabilitation from early May until August 2021. Entry is strictly prohibited to allow work to proceed efficiently and safely. It will not be possible to see Peyto Lake until the area reopens. We encourage visitors to take this opportunity to explore other Parks Canada places.

Hamlet of Lake Louise – Excavation to replace aging water and sewer pipes in the Lake Louise village will take place on Sheol Road and Slate Road. Traffic flow will be maintained at all times but delays for motorists and pedestrians are possible on Village Road.

Lake Louise Lakeshore – Rehabilitation work will take place around a newly constructed transit shelter in the parking lot near the Lake Louise lakeshore. No significant disruptions to traffic or pedestrians are expected. 

Lake Louise Trailer Campground – Paving will take place in the campground from April through June 2021. Portions of the campground may be closed while paving works are completed. Expect increased construction traffic in the campground. 

Lake Louise Wastewater Treatment Plant – Rehabilitation work at the Lake Louise Wastewater Treatment Plant will begin in 2021 and is expected to continue until 2022. No significant disruptions to visitors or residents expected.

Summer 2021: July and August

Lake Louise and Icefields Parkway areas

Peyto Lake – The entire Peyto Lake day use area is closed for rehabilitation from early May until August 2021. Entry is strictly prohibited to allow work to proceed efficiently and safely. It will not be possible to see Peyto Lake until the area reopens. We encourage visitors to take this opportunity to explore other Parks Canada places.

Hamlet of Lake Louise – Excavation to replace aging water and sewer pipes in the Lake Louise village will take place on Sheol Road and Slate Road. Traffic flow will be maintained at all times but delays for motorists and pedestrians are possible on Village Road.

Lake Louise Wastewater Treatment Plant – Rehabilitation work at the Lake Louise Wastewater Treatment Plant will begin in 2021 and is expected to continue until 2022. No significant disruptions to visitors or residents expected.

Fall 2021: September to November

Lake Louise and Icefields Parkway areas

Lake Louise Wastewater Treatment Plant – Rehabilitation work at the Lake Louise Wastewater Treatment Plant will begin in 2021 and is expected to continue until 2022. No disruptions to visitors or residents expected.

Other national parks nearby 

What to know before you visit

When visiting or driving through Banff National Park, you may encounter one or more construction zones. Trip planning information is available by visiting: