Highway 1 between BC and Alberta is a seriously popular route. As the main road between Vancouver and Calgary, the highway is easily the most convenient option for a wide variety of road trips between the two cities and beyond. So, we thought it’s only fair to update you about a pretty major closure that’s on the horizon.
Starting tomorrow (Tuesday, April 29th) a 4.8km stretch of Highway 1 between Golden and Castle Junction (between Banff and Lake Louise) will close for just over a month. The closure is a part of a larger renovation process through Kicking Horse Canyon, which has already seen stretches of road have limited access or short down completely before.
#BCHwy1 east of #GoldenBC at #KickingHorseCanyon Phase 4 is fully open for the Easter Long Weekend until Tues (April 19) at noon.
Then it’s closed until the Victoria Day Weekend.
Plan for an additional 1.5 hrs travel time on the Hwy 95/93 alternate route: https://t.co/53UZ0t4YZy pic.twitter.com/yqMR8EfAED
— BC Transportation (@TranBC) April 17, 2022
But, there’s no doubt that this closure will be particularly impactful for those hoping for a spring road trip or getaway (especially for those travelling from Alberta to the Okanagan). In light of the closure, Highways 93S and 95 will be available as detour routes, but will add some 90 minutes to travel time between the two areas. Yeah, not exactly the most convenient alternative.
Assuming all goes to plan, the stretch of Highway 1 between BC and AB will reopen by May 20th. So, keep this in mind if you’re going on a little road trip in the next month- you might have to leave early!