Alberta

Government of Alberta providing support for Pope Francis’ visit to Alberta July 24-27

News Release
Supporting the papal visit to Alberta

The Government of Alberta is providing support for Pope Francis’ visit to Alberta July 24-27.

Pope Francis will arrive in Edmonton on July 24 and take part in events in Edmonton, Maskwacis and Lac Ste. Anne.

The Government of Alberta supports the papal visit and all efforts on the journey toward truth and reconciliation. The government is providing logistical support and is working with partners to ensure the visit is successful.

While the government is working to minimize disruptions for travellers on Alberta highways along the papal motorcade routes, motorists can expect delays due to rolling road closures and should use alternate routes where possible. Delays can also be expected on area highways due to increased traffic generated by the events.

Road closures

July 24 – Pope Francis arrives

The public should expect highway closures and limited access to the Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Highway when the Pope travels from the Edmonton International Airport to his destination in Edmonton.


July 25 – Maskwacis

Restricted access to the QEII Highway and Highways 611 and 2A should be expected in the vicinity of Ponoka, Maskwacis and Wetaskiwin.


July 26 – Lac Ste. Anne pilgrimage

Expect highway closures and limited access along Highways 16, 43 and 633 when the Pope travels between Edmonton and Lac Ste. Anne.


July 27 – Pope Francis departs

Expect highway closures and limited access to the QEII Highway when the Pope travels from Edmonton to the Edmonton International Airport.


Quick facts

More than 120,000 visitors are expected to attend the papal events:

15,000 at Maskwacis

775 at Sacred Heart Church in Edmonton

80,000 at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton

25,000 at Lac Ste. Anne


Reconciliation is a priority for Alberta’s government. As partners in reconciliation, we are listening to and working with Indigenous Peoples in Alberta to determine the best ways forward to a better future.

Related information

Pope Francis in Alberta

Papal visit schedule


Road Reports

For up-to-date road information and traffic delays

Toll free: 511 (in Alberta)

Call: 1-855-391-9743 (outside Alberta)

Visit: 511.alberta.ca

Follow: @511Alberta

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