Kicking Horse Canyon Road Closure

Kicking Horse Canyon Road Closure, Golden B.C.

Phase 4 of the Kicking Horse Canyon Project will upgrade 4.8 kilometres of highway through the most challenging section of the canyon, east of Golden, at an estimated cost of $601 million. Highlights of the project include:

  • Design criteria: four lanes;100 km/h design speed
  • Alignment improvements; rock fall / avalanche hazard reduction
  • Bridges, retaining walls, rock catchment ditches
  • Wildlife protection including passage and fencing

The TransCanada Highway is currently, and will remain closed until December 1, 2021 as work continues on this section of the highway. Intermittently, throughout the holiday season, the section will temporarily be open.

The road closure will add approximately an hour and a half to the drive for those travelling from Alberta to BC, which takes a detour through Radium. Project updates and scheduled road closures will continue to be available at the project’s website (click here ).

Update on the TransCanada Highway Closure

The Trans Canada Highway (TCH) has been closed just east of Golden BC since mid October. No re-opening date has been set by the BC Highways Department, but an update is promised for December 6th. We assume that anticipate that the TCH will be open over the Christmas holiday season at least.

In the meantime, members heading for the Shuswap from Alberta and east will have to endure a detour that takes them from Castle Junction, between Banff and Lake Louise on the TCH, south via Highway 93 to Radium, and then north to Golden via Highway 95 where it rejoins the TCH. Drive BC says the detour will add 1.5 hours to your journey. A recent drive of this detour found that it can take over two hours depending on large truck traffic. The section of Highway 95 between Radium and Golden has very few passing places, and transport trucks can be seen grinding along at 60 KPH. As can be expected this rolling blockade can really slow the trip down.

We would recommend checking the Drive BC map for further information before setting out

Safe holiday travels!

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