Highway 1 Travel Information:
What You Need to Know
The final phase of the Kicking Horse Canyon Project involves upgrading 4.8 kilometers of the TransCanada Highway 1 through the Kicking Horse Canyon. During closures, motorists will need to use Highways 93 and 95 as alternative routes. Travel during summer daytime hours in 2021 will not be affected.
Closures of the section of road will extend for 4.8 kilometers on the TransCanada Highway 1 between Golden and Castle Junction on Highway 93. 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.
Current Planned Closures
Until September 15, 2021, expect daytime stoppages of up to 30 minutes. Evening half-hour stoppages due to single-lane alternating traffic and overnight closures will continue. During any overnight closures, Trans-Canada Highway traffic will be diverted to the alternative route of highways 93 and 95 through Radium Hot Springs.
Beginning September 15, 2021, daytime stoppages of up to a half an hour due to single-lane alternating traffic will be added between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
September 20, 2021 (at noon) to December 1, 2021 (at 6 a.m.): Kicking Horse Canyon Constructors will implement a multi-day, 24 hour, extended closure of the Trans-Canada Highway. Through traffic on Highway 1 between Golden and Castle Junction will be routed via highways 93 and 95, which will add up to 1.5 hours of travel time. Roadside signage will provide advance notification of the closure. Alternative routes will have signage.
Exceptions to the extended road closures include September 25-26, 2021, and Thanksgiving holiday long weekend. Check the Kicking Horse Canyon project calendar here.
Expect multi-day, extended closures from mid-September 2021 to the end of November 2021. Check for updates on your travel date here.
Tour the Triangle!
Lucky for road trippers, what we like to call the “Golden Triangle” extending from Radium Hot Springs to Golden through Kootenay and Yoho National Parks, is the most scenic drive in British Columbia! Experience unlimited outdoor experiences, stunning wildlife, and quaint small towns along your way.
For more information, visit the official webpage of the Kicking Horse Canyon project or reach out to the 24/7 information line at 1-844-815-6111.
Photo credit: Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure