Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park

Alberta Parks

Advisories

  • Trail Upgrades

    Effective:  April 24, 2024   Updated:  May 16, 2024

      Visitors to Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park will notice some changes to the trail system. There have been upgrades to ageing infrastructure, management of vegetation, and leveling some sections of trail. This is to improve visitor experience, ongoing park maintenance, and provide public safety on these multi-use trails. It will take some time for vegetation and understory to reestablish in these areas. Keep visiting and enjoying the trails to see the new growth. 

  • Construction Advisory - Drainage Ditch Construction

    Effective:  April 19, 2024   Updated:  May 16, 2024

      Visitors are to be advised of additional construction works occurring within Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park starting April 2024 – June 2024. This advisory is specific to the work occurring at the south entry road and north east drainage ditch on the big island - effecting both the Day Use entrance road and the Campground entrance road. These areas will see drainage improvements, trail upgrades and new signage over the winter/early spring months with finishing works in late spring 2024.

      Visitors are to be aware that trail closures may occur throughout this time and that construction vehicles will be utilizing the Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park circulation road during this time.

      Visitors are to follow all construction notices along the roadways and trails, and obey all signage/closures in place during this construction period.

  • Construction Advisory - Pelican Viewpoint, Boardwalk Beach, Long Point

    Effective:  December 18, 2023   Updated:  May 16, 2024

      Update: May 16, 2024
      Road access from Campground to Day Use Area on the Loop Road - is closed and gates are closed. Please follow all construction notices posted along roadways and trails and stay out of construction zones. 

      Visitors are to be advised of construction work will occur within Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park starting late December 2023 – July 5, 2024. Work will be occurring in and around the Boardwalk Beach, Pelican Island Viewpoint and Long Point day use and trails areas.

      Construction will be over the winter months of 2023-2024, finishing works will occur spring 2024. During the winter/spring months please be aware construction vehicles/equipment will be utilizing the Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park circulation road.

      Visitors are to follow all construction notices posted along the roadways, trails and parking areas. Visitors are to stay out of the construction zones during the construction period.

  • Causeway Bridge Load Reduction

    Effective:  June 23, 2023   Updated:  May 16, 2024

      A recent inspection by Alberta Transportation and Economic Corridors identified structural issues on the bridge on the causeway leading to SWCPP. The identified issues require immediate load reductions to ensure the safe use of the bridge:

      LOADING TYPE

      JUNE 2023

      REDUCTION

      CS1

      11.4 tonne (25,100 lbs)

      CS2

      19.9 tonne (43,800 lbs)

      CS3

      25.8 tonne (56,800 lbs)

      CS1 is defined as an axle spacing of less than 4.5m. This means that any truck / car towing a trailer that has less than 4.5m from the towing (rear) axle to the trailer axle must be less than 15 tonne (total vehicle/trailer weight).

      CS2 is defined as an axle spacing over 4.5 m. So if the spacing from the towing axle to the trailer axle is over 4.5m, the weight can be up to 25 tonne (total vehicle/axle weight).

      CS3 is defined as a truck and a full trailer with 2 tandem axles, in the case where the inter-axle spacing between the tandem axle groups is 5.0 metres or more.

       

      What does this mean for campers? You may be unable to bring your motorhome to SWCPP. Class A and Class B motorhomes fall under loading type CS1. Without water and sewage, a Class A motorhome can weigh up to 16 tonnes and a Class B motorhome can weigh up to 10 tonnes.

       

      We are working with Alberta Transportation and Economic Corridors to find solutions; however, upcoming reservations will need to be cancelled if your vehicle exceeds the identified weight limits. Please call 1-877-537-2757 or visit to www.Shop.AlbertaParks.ca to cancel or change your reservation. Alternate sites that can accommodate your vehicle and camping unit are available in the area.

       

      We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. For more information about load ratings, visit http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/content/doctype260/production/trans-restricted-bridge-list-for-provincial-highways.pdf.

  • Flooded Trail

    Effective:  May 18, 2023   Updated:  May 16, 2024

      The boardwalk portion of Kinglet Trail (part of the interior loop of the island trails) near the entrance of Big Island, is not passable. Please obey all signage for closed trail. 

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