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.
Summer 2021 Outlook
The canyon will be fully open day and night for the August long weekend and the Labour Day weekend.
For the remainder of the summer, daytime travel through the canyon will continue to be uninterrupted with rare exceptions*. Evening half-hour stoppages due to single-lane alternating traffic and overnight closures will continue to be required to achieve construction progress. See the Highway Status Calendar and DriveBC for details.
*Except for occasional momentary pauses, to allow construction vehicles to enter, leave or cross the highway. There may be other unscheduled exceptions from time to time, such as might occur for safety reasons anywhere on the highway, e.g. rock scaling to protect against spontaneous rockfall (up to 10 minutes at a time) or essential pavement repairs (up to half an hour at a time).
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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