Kicking Horse Canyon - Completed Project Phases

Over 21 kilometres have been upgraded under the first three phases of the Kicking Horse Canyon project, providing a safer and more efficient journey for all travelers, and a competitive corridor for the east-west movement of goods to ports.

The cost of $327 million was shared by the Government of British Columbia and the Government of Canada. Phases 1 and 3 were procured with traditionally tendered contract awards. The Phase 2 improvements were carried out under a performance based-Design/Build/Finance/Operate (DBFO) contract awarded to Trans-Park Highway General Partnership.


Phase 1

Replacement of the Yoho Bridge, and upgrading 3.2 km of the Trans-Canada Highway from 2 lanes to 4 lanes. The Government of British Columbia contributed $43 million toward the $64 million project, with $21 million provided by the Government of Canada through the Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program.

Completed Yogo Bridge

Status: Completed Fall 2006


Phase 2

New Park Bridge, rest area, commercial vehicle brake check and 5.8 kilometres of highway reconfiguration/4-laning. The Government of British Columbia contributed $80.5 million toward the $143 million project, with $62.5 million provided by the Government of Canada through Canadian Strategic Infrastructure Program (CSIF).

Status: Completed Winter 2007-2008


Phase 3

Highway Work's a Blast in the Kicking Horse Canyon Project

On May 11, 2011, blasting removed an estimated 110,000 cubic metres of rock from this hillside. The highway was closed for just 10 minutes.

Brake Check to Yoho National Park (Phase 3 East) and Golden Hill to West Portal (Phase 3 West)

In November 2007, the Governments of Canada and British Columbia announced joint funding for two segments of work under the new Building Canada infrastructure plan. The Government of British Columbia contributed $67 million toward the $119 million project, with $51.5 million provided by the Government of Canada and $0.57 million provided by the Town of Golden.

Concepts and designs evolved with the assistance of public input, and construction took place as a series of projects.

Phase 3 West: Brake Check to Yoho National Park

Reconstruction of 8.8 kilometres of highway between the 10 Mile Hill commercial vehicle brake check and Yoho National Park, including a new crossing of Mount Hunter Creek, and 3.8 kilometres of improvements from Golden Hill to the “West Portal”, the entrance to the rugged canyon section.

Phase 3 West: Golden Hill to West Portal

Construction resulting in 3.8 km of new 4-lane highway consisted of a number of projects, including:

  • Golden Hill fourth lane extension to the Highway 95 intersection
    This work improved the safety and operations of the highway by widening the highway to create two westbound lanes down the Golden Hill.

  • Golden Hill to West Portal Design-Build Project
    This project involved constructing a new four-lane highway within the town of Golden to approximately 1.2 km east of Golden’s town limits. This section was opened to traffic in 2011 with improvements that included:

    • The new Golden Donald Upper Road interchange
    • Access consolidation
    • Pedestrian and cycling facilities
    • A wildlife crossing structure, wildlife fencing and ungulate guards
  • 4-kilometre wall project
    A 1.2 km section located 4 kilometres east of the Trans-Canada Highway/Highway 95 intersection in Golden. Work included 4-laning, concrete median barrier, improved drainage, wildlife protection, retaining wall construction and re-vegetation. The new 4-lane section opened to traffic in fall 2013.

Status: Completed Fall 2013. There are now over 21 continuous kilometres of safe, reliable and modern highway through some of the most difficult terrain in the province, more than doubling what was previously completed in Phases 1 and 2.