The Trans-Canada Highway through the Kicking Horse Canyon is both spectacular and challenging. Since 2003, much of the 26-kilometre stretch between Yoho National Park and Golden has been improved to a modern 4-lane standard. Only 5 kilometres of winding 1950's-era 2-lane highway remain and work began spring 2021 to complete the transformation.
TRAVEL TO GOLDEN WILL BE UNAFFECTED DURING THE PEAK SUMMER AND WINTER DAYTIME HOURS.
An informative calendar of all up to date road closures and construction delays can be found at www.kickinghorsecanyon.ca/calendar
To minimize construction traffic impacts in peak periods, night work will be emphasized as much as possible. Outside of the extended closure periods, there may be closures of up to 9 hours overnight (10 pm to 7 am). There will be no daytime interruptions during the peak dates of summer and winter. Extended closures have significant advance notice.
As a rule of thumb, the contractor will be required to abide by the following during the course of the project from Winter 2020/21 through to Winter 2023/24:
- During the daytime, the highway through the Canyon will remain fully open and free of interruptions, other than momentary traffic control for turning vehicles.
- Overnight interruptions (8 pm to 7 am) may range from 20-minute stoppages to 8-hour closures. The closures will require significant advance notice.
Fall, Winter and Spring
- Daytime may see stoppages from 20 minutes to 2 hours.
- There may be closures of up to nine hours overnight (8 pm to 7 am) which will require significant advance notice.
- There may be multi-day extended closures from April 1 to the end of May and from mid-September to the end of November.
- The highway will be kept open for Easter and Thanksgiving long weekends, and there will be two daily peak-hour windows to allow passage for school buses, commuters and other essential local traffic/trips.
At all times, the scenic combination of Highways 93 and 95 will provide a safe and easy alternative route to the Golden area. Plan for slightly more than an hour additional direct travel time, but there's lots of stunning scenery and experiences along the way so you may want to plan more time.
Find detailed information about the Kicking Horse Canyon Project at www.kickinghorsecanyon.ca, and visit www.DriveBC.ca for road conditions when planning your trip. An informative calendar of all up to date road closures can be found at www.kickinghorsecanyon.ca/calendar
Watch this recording of the public information session held on August 25, 2021 for more project information.