Upcoming Work in Waterton Lakes National Park

Upcoming Work in Waterton Lakes National Park

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Potential Impacts on Visitor Experience for Spring and Summer 2016

Waterton Lakes (Alberta) – 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 30 – 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 30 – 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. 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.

Projects resulting in a minor impact to visitors include:

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.

Chief Mountain Highway

Repairs along Chief Mountain Highway will continue from May 1 until July 31, 2016. Work will resume on the north end of the road and progress south. The highway will remain open for public use, however single lane alternating traffic with up to 20 minute delays may occur throughout the project duration. Please allow extra time for travel when using this highway and consult http://www.511.alberta.ca for the latest road construction updates.

Staff Housing

Construction on the 200-block of Clematis Avenue (between the United Church and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) will begin in April 2016 to replace Parks Canada staff accommodation.

Waterton Townsite Infrastructure Replacement

Evergreen Avenue: 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.

Waterton Avenue: The south end of Waterton Avenue (to Vimy Avenue) is closed for water and sewer upgrades until May 20. The G Loop of the Townsite Campground will also be temporarily closed to accommodate this work, and access to the Community Kitchen and picnic areas along the lakeshore, including Cameron Bay, will be unavailable. An alternative picnic area and shelter is available at Emerald Bay.

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.