Potential Impacts on Visitor Experience for Summer 2016
Update on Work in Waterton Lakes National Park What’s New: July 24, 2016
Timing and impacts of these projects are subject to change. Please consult www.parkscanada.gc.ca/waterton-construction for the latest construction information and suggestions for what to see and do.
Projects resulting in a closure or major impact:
Cameron Lake Day Use Area: Closed until November 2016
The Cameron Lake Day Use Area is closed to replace the existing facilities. The Lakeshore Trail at Cameron Lake will not be accessible during construction.
Akamina Parkway: Closed until November 2016
Due to the construction at Cameron Lake Day Use Area, the Akamina Parkway is closed to all traffic – including pedestrians and cyclists. Parks Canada is providing a complimentary shuttle service for hikers to access trails along the Akamina Parkway. Available by reservation only, the shuttle runs from June 16 to September 18, 2016. For reservations, schedules, maps and more information go to akaminahikershuttle.com or the self-serve system at Tamarack Outdoor Outfitters in the Waterton village. Last minute ‘walk-ons,’ are permitted, at the Tamarack pick-up location only, if spaces are available.
Projects resulting in a lesser impact:
Blakiston Falls Viewing Platforms
The viewing platforms at Blakiston Falls are closed for replacement until September 2016. The Blakiston Valley trail remains open to hikers only, except for short closure(s) necessary to repair portions of the path. Timing for this work is dependent on a number of factors, including weather, and access to the Tamarack Trail will be available through the Snowshoe Trail. Confirmed dates will be communicated once available.
• Horse Access
The Blakiston Falls trail is closed to horses until future notice, because of loud construction machinery working on the trail. Visitors on horseback cannot complete the Snowshoe/Blakiston Valley loop due to this work and must return along the Snowshoe trail.
Chief Mountain Highway
Repairs along Chief Mountain Highway will continue until further notice, working from north to south. The highway remains open with single lane alternating traffic and up to 20 minute delays. Please allow extra time for travel when using this highway and consult AB 511 for the latest road construction updates.
Construction on the 100-block of Clematis Avenue has begun to replace Parks Canada staff accommodation.
Waterton Townsite Infrastructure Replacement
Evergreen Avenue South: To complete paving work, Evergreen Avenue (south of Cameron Falls Drive), Columbine Avenue and the adjacent service road is closed to all vehicular traffic until further notice.
• Cameron Falls
Access to Cameron Falls is available to pedestrians only. Parking is available throughout the village.
• Bertha Lake Trail
The Bertha Trail parking lot is closed to vehicle traffic until further notice, however the trail remains open for public use. The trailhead can be accessed by pedestrians only via a service road located south of Cameron Falls. Parking is available throughout the village.
Evergreen Avenue North: Water and sewer upgrades will continue along Evergreen Avenue (north of Cameron Falls Drive) into the summer. The street is closed to the public. Access to Cameron Falls is available via Fountain Avenue.
Waterton Avenue: The south end of Waterton Avenue is closed for water and sewer upgrades until further notice. The G Loop of the Townsite Campground and Townsite Dump Station is also closed to accommodate this work. Access to the Community Kitchen and picnic areas along the lakeshore is unavailable. An alternative picnic area and shelter is available at Emerald Bay.