Potential Impacts on Visitor Experience for Spring and Summer 2016
Waterton Lakes (Alberta), March 2016 – Parks Canada wishes to inform visitors and residents of the Waterton Park community of the following infrastructure projects in Waterton Lakes National Park taking place this spring and summer.
Projects resulting in a closure or having a major impact to visitors include:
- Cameron Lake Day Use Area: Closed April – November 2016 The Cameron Lake Day Use Area will be closed to replace the existing facilities.
The Lakeshore Trail at Cameron Lake will not be accessible during construction. Parks Canada is pursuing a complimentary shuttle service to ensure continued access to all trails along the Akamina Parkway, including Carthew-Alderson and Summit Lake.
- Akamina Parkway: Closed April – November 2016
Due to the construction at Cameron Lake Day Use Area, the Akamina Parkway will be closed to all traffic – including pedestrians and cyclists. Parks Canada is pursuing a complimentary shuttle service for hikers to safely access trailheads for the duration of the work. Some trailheads along the parkway may be temporarily closed for reconfiguration and then reopened sequentially as work is completed throughout the summer. Regular updates on work as it progresses will be communicated.
- Red Rock Parkway: Closed until May 2016 Starting May 6 until June 17, 2016, the Red Rock Parkway will reopen for public use on weekends only. During this period, visitors can access the parkway from Fridays at 2 p.m. until Sundays at 4 p.m. For the May long weekend, the parkway will be open from Friday, May 20 at 2 p.m. to Monday, May 23 at 4 p.m. As from June 17 at 2 p.m., the parkway will be open seven days a week to visitors, following the completion of road work and the replacement of culverts.
The Red Rock Parkway may be closed for 2-3 weeks after the September long weekend to finalize any road work not completed in the spring.
Crandell Mountain Campground will open on May 20.
- Blakiston Falls Viewing Platforms
Subject to confirmation, the viewing platforms at Blakiston Falls will be closed for replacement until June 2016, and the Blakiston Falls trail will be temporarily closed for one week to repair a portion of the path. During that time, access to the Tamarack Trail will be available through the Snowshoe Trail. For the remainder of the spring and summer, the Blakiston Valley trail will remain open. Timing for
this work is dependent on a number of factors, including weather. Confirmed dates will be communicated once available.
- Staff Housing
Construction on the 200-block of Clematis Avenue (between the United Church and the Church of Latter Day Saints) will begin in April 2016 to replace Parks Canada staff accommodation.
- Waterton Townsite Infrastructure Replacement
Water and sewer upgrades will continue along Evergreen Avenue (north of Cameron Falls). The street will be closed to the public. Access to Cameron Falls will be available through Fountain Avenue. Leaseholders will continue to have access to Evergreen Avenue during construction.
Regular updates will be issued as information is confirmed. Please consult the Waterton Lakes National Park website at www.pc.gc.ca/waterton for the latest updated information and a map of projects that may impact your visit.