The Kicking Horse Canyon, located just east of Golden, BC, is one of the most rugged and scenic sections to be found on the Trans-Canada Highway. As a tourist and commercial transportation corridor, the highway carries more than 10,000 vehicles daily during the summer. While the mix varies by season, up to 30% of the traffic consists of commercial vehicles moving millions of dollars in goods to serve interprovincial and international trade. Three phases of work have transformed 21 kilometres of narrow, winding two-lane highway into a modern four-lane, 100 km/h standard. Construction of the fourth and final phase to complete the remaining – and most difficult – 4.8 kilometres is expected to be substantially complete in winter 2023-24. This project is part of the comprehensive Highway 1 – Kamloops to Alberta – Four Laning Program. The challenge of this work is substantial and will involve significant traffic disruptions ranging from 20-minute stoppages to overnight closures and even multi-day closures during off-peak shoulder season.
Fall 2023 Hours
After mid-September, motorists can expect the following:
- An extended (24-hours/multiday) closure from noon September 18 to noon September 22
- Another extended closure from noon September 25 through noon October 6
- Fully open conditions for the Thanksgiving holiday long weekend from noon October 6 to noon October 10
- A combination of 30-minute stoppages in the daytime and evenings, along with overnight full closures from 10 pm to 7 am, for the remainder of the fall.
- The alternative route of Highways 93S and 95 is available for use during extended and overnight closures
- Non-through traffic from the east, i.e. westbound traffic destined for Lake Louise, Field, Beaverfoot and the Kicking Horse Rest Area immediately east of the 4.8 km canyon construction zone will not be affected
Dart Creek Trails Access Closed
Access to Dart Creek trails will remain closed for the duration of construction (active construction zone).
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