Busy section of Highway 1 between British Columbia and Alberta will be closed for more than a month

Highway 1 between British Columbia and Alberta is a very popular route. As the main route between Vancouver and Calgary, the highway is by far the most convenient option for a wide variety of road trips between the two cities and beyond. So we thought it was fair to let you know of a pretty major closure looming on the horizon.

Starting tomorrow (Tuesday, April 29), a 3 mile stretch of Highway 1 between Golden and Castle Junction (between Banff and Lake Louise) will be closed for just over a month. The closure is part of a wider renovation process across Kicking Horse Canyon, which has seen stretches of road have limited or completely short access before.

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But there is no doubt that this closure will have a particular impact on those hoping to take a road trip or a spring getaway (especially for those traveling from Alberta to the Okanagan). Given the closure, Highways 93S and 95 will be available as detour routes, but will add approximately 90 minutes to travel time between the two areas. Yeah, not exactly the most practical alternative.

Assuming everything goes to plan, the section of Highway 1 between British Columbia and Alberta will reopen by May 20. So keep that in mind if you’re going on a short road trip next month – you might need to leave earlier!

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