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Closure - Glennfield Road and Group Use Areas A & B and Washrooms

September 19, 2017

  • Effective Date: September 19, 2017 until further notice.
  • Where: Glennfield Road, Group Use Areas A & B
  • Why: The Glennfield Road in Fish Creek Provincial Park will be closed for the season starting September 19, and will remain closed until further notice.
  • A and B washrooms will also be closed for the season.
  • The main lot and washroom C will remain open according to park hours.

Construction Closure - Highwood Meadows Interpretive Trail

September 19, 2017

  • Effective Date: September 19 until October 6, 2017
  • Where: Highwood Meadows Trail boardwalk
  • Why: Construction for boardwalk replacement.
  • The access to Ptarmigan Cirque Trail will remain open, but the boardwalk is to be closed to the public for the duration of the project.
  • Caution should be used, particularly around heavy equipment, and all posted signage should be obeyed.  

Affected Areas

Construction Closure - McLean Creek Provincial Recreation Area

September 18, 2017

  • Effective Date: Wednesday, September 20 to Friday, September 22, 2017
  • Where: McLean Creek Provincial Recreation Area between Trail Marker #18 to #256 and Trail Marker #334 to #352.
  • Why: Temporary Trail Closure due to Construction.

Bear Closure - Woolley Trail, Meadow Trail, Rockwall Interpretive to and from Elkwood Campground and Discovery Centre

September 18, 2017

  • Effective Date: September 16, 2017 until further notice
  • Where: Wooley trail and Meadow trail from Elkwood Campground to the Peter Lougheed Discovery Centre, Rockwall Interpretive trail and surrounding areas.
  • Why: Multiple grizzly bears feeding in the area.

Although an advisory is in place for this area, bears can be encountered anywhere in Kananaskis Country at any time. To avoid a surprise encounter with a bear:

  • Make plenty of noise and travel in groups.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Look and listen for bears and their signs.
  • Keep your pet on a leash.
  • Carry bear spray. Make sure it’s easily accessible, and know how to use bear spray (video).
  • Learn more about bear safety on our webpage or at WildSmart.

Please report all bear sightings immediately to 403-591-7755.

Affected Areas

Construction Closure - Lost Knife Trail

September 18, 2017

  • Effective Date: September 20 - October 11, 2017
  • Where: Lost Knife Trail from Highway 40 to Marker #87
  • Why: Temporary trail closure due to construction.

Bear Warning - Peter Lougheed Discovery Centre and Canyon Dump Station

September 17, 2017

  • Effective Date: September 16, 2017 until further notice
  • Where: Peter Lougheed Discovery Centre and Canyon Dump Station.
  • Why: Multiple grizzly bears travelling through the area.

Although an advisory is in place for this area, bears can be encountered anywhere in Kananaskis Country at any time. To avoid a surprise encounter with a bear:

  • Make plenty of noise and travel in groups.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Look and listen for bears and their signs.
  • Keep your pet on a leash.
  • Carry bear spray. Make sure it’s easily accessible, and know how to use bear spray (video).
  • Learn more about bear safety on our webpage or at WildSmart.

Please report all bear sightings immediately to 403-591-7755.

Construction Closure - Yamnuska Quarry Blasting

September 13, 2017

  • This is a public notice as required by Alberta Parks, for the Lafarge Yamnuska Quarry, to inform the general public that blasting operations are required on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. 
  • The Quarry is adjacent to the Mount Yamnuska hiking/climbing access trails.
  • These trails and surround area (600 meters) will be closed on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 until blasting operations have been completed for the safety of the general public.

 

Affected Areas

Construction Advisory - West Voiters and Snake Hill

September 12, 2017

Please be advised that there will be construction activities taking place from September 4th to September 18th on the West Votiers–Snake Hill. There will also be construction equipment travelling to and from the trail construction location from the Votiers Flats Day Use Area Parking lot which is acting as a staging area.

Heavy equipment and crews will be on site completing improvements on the granular trail. Partial, intermittent trail closures may also occur throughout the above time frame to accommodate safe construction activities.

Caution should be used, particularly around heavy equipment, and all posted signage should be obeyed.  

Bear Warning - Bow Valley Campground

September 11, 2017

  • Effective Date: September 10, 2017 until further notice
  • Where: Bow Valley Campground
  • Why: Black bear feeding in area and has been frequenting the campground in both D and E loops, and along the Bow River Trail that runs from Whitefish Day Use into Bow Valley Campground.

Although an advisory is in place for this area, bears can be encountered anywhere in Kananaskis Country at any time. To avoid a surprise encounter with a bear:

  • Make plenty of noise and travel in groups.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Look and listen for bears and their signs.
  • Keep your pet on a leash.
  • Carry bear spray. Make sure it’s easily accessible, and know how to use bear spray (video).
  • Learn more about bear safety on our webpage or at WildSmart.

Please report all bear sightings immediately to 403-591-7755.

Affected Areas

Construction Advisory - West Bragg Creek Day Use Area Access Road

September 9, 2017

Please be advised that construction work on the West Bragg Creek Day Use Area Access Road (road reconstruction and paving) will be occurring during the period September 11 – September 22, 2017.  The road will remain open with restrictions, and the Day Use Area will remain open during this period.

Affected Areas

Seasonal Service Change - Tombstone Backcountry Campground Closure

September 9, 2017

  • Effective Date: Monday, September 18, 2017 for the remainder of the season
  • Where: Tombstone backcountry campground
  • Why: Please be advised that Tombstone Backcountry Camground will be closed for the year, due to facility upgrading, effective Monday, September 18, 2017.

Affected Areas

Bear Warning - Area Surrounding Quarry Lake, Grassi Lakes Day Use and Trails, Powerline and select areas between Rundle Canal and Three Sisters Golf Course, and Various Trails

September 8, 2017

  • Effective Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017 until further notice
  • Where: Area Surrounding Quarry Lake and Grassi Lakes Day Use Area, surrounding trails including the Rundle Canal dike trail, Lowline, Reclaimer, Highline west switchback connector, Highline middle connector at Quarry Lake, Powerline, Backdoor, Killer Bees, Nector Noodle and Ziggy's trails, areas East of Peaks of Grassi between 742 and Three Sisters Golf Course.  Note that Quarry Lake and the main meadow of the off-leash park remain open.  Download map PDF.
  • Why: Numerous bears feeding on berries in the area

 

Although an advisory is in place for this area, bears can be encountered anywhere in Kananaskis Country at any time. To avoid a surprise encounter with a bear:

  • Make plenty of noise and travel in groups.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Look and listen for bears and their signs.
  • Keep your pet on a leash.
  • Carry bear spray. Make sure it’s easily accessible, and know how to use bear spray (video).
  • Learn more about bear safety on our webpage or at WildSmart.

Please report all bear sightings immediately to 403-591-7755.

Affected Areas

Construction Closure - The Narrows

September 5, 2017

  • Effective Date: Tuesday, September 5 until Wednesday, September 20, 2017
  • Where: The Narrows Trail
  • Why: Construction Closure

Affected Areas

Construction Closure - McPherson Trail

September 5, 2017

  • Effective Date: Tuesday, September 5 until Wednesday, September 20, 2017
  • Where: McPherson Trail
  • Why: Construction Closure

Affected Areas

Construction Advisory - Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park and Trails

September 5, 2017

  • Effective Date: Monday, July 10 through Wednesday, September 20, 2017 
  • Where: Trail system throughout Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
  • Why: Heavy equipment and crews will be on site completing a variety of  improvements on both granular and paved trails. Partial, intermittent trail closures will occur throughout the above time frame to accommodate safe construction activities.
  • Caution should be used, particularly around heavy equipment, and all posted signage should be obeyed.  

Affected Areas
Bow River Loop

Construction Advisory - Sandy McNabb Day Use Area and Access Road

September 5, 2017

  • Effective Date: Monday, July 31 until Saturday, September 30, 2017 
  • Where: Sandy McNabb Day Use Area, access road and river bank 
  • Why: The day use area will be getting cleaned up, the access road will be reconstructed and the river bank will be armed for flood mitigation.  The contractor, DFH Enterprises, will be mobilizing into Sandy McNabb on Monday, July 31.

Construction Closure - Bow Valley RV Dump Station

September 2, 2017

  • Effective Date: September 5, 2017 until November 17. 2017
  • Where: Dump Station Construction
  • Why: Bow Valley RV Dump Station will be closed for Construction. Potential lane closures can be expected on Bow Valley Park Road.

Construction Advisory - McKinnon Flats Boat Launch

September 1, 2017

  • Effective Date: Tuesday Sept 5. until Friday Sept 15. 
  • Where: McKinnon Flats Boat Launch
  • Why: Construction activities in the area for the installation of a concrete washroom building.
  • Caution should be used, particularly around heavy equipment, and all posted signage should be obeyed.  

 

Bear Warning - Galatea Creek Trail

August 31, 2017

  • Effective Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 until further notice
  • Where: Galatea Creek Trail
  • Why: Multiple bear sightings in the area including a surprise close encounter between hikers and a black bear with three cubs.

Although an advisory is in place for this area, bears can be encountered anywhere in Kananaskis Country at any time. To avoid a surprise encounter with a bear:

  • Make plenty of noise and travel in groups.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Look and listen for bears and their signs.
  • Keep your pet on a leash.
  • Carry bear spray. Make sure it’s easily accessible, and know how to use bear spray (video).
  • Learn more about bear safety on our webpage or at WildSmart.

Please report all bear sightings immediately to 403-591-7755.

Affected Areas

Construction Advisory - Ghost Washroom Installation

August 30, 2017

  • Effective Date: August 30, 2017 to October 15, 2017.
  • Why: Washrooms in the Waiparous area will be replaced. The campgrounds will remain open to the public with temporary facilities where required.  Campers need to watch for construction equipment, avoid the worksites and respect any closures that may be required. 
  • Where: Construction will occur in the following areas: 
    • Waiparous Campground
    • Waiparous Group Camp
    • Waiparous Trailhead
    • Ghost Airstrip Day Use
    • Ghost Airstrip Group Camp
    • North Ghost Campground Loops 4,5,6
    • North Ghost Group Camp

Bear Closure - Northwest end of Ghost Public Land Use Zone

August 28, 2017

  • Effective Date: Saturday, August 26, 2017 until further notice
  • Where: Northwest end of Ghost Public Land Use Zone. Tributary Creek Basin east side of North Burnt Timber Creek within Township 029 Range Road 11 W5M
  • Why: Due to human-bear conflict.

Although an advisory is in place for this area, bears can be encountered anywhere in Kananaskis Country at any time. To avoid a surprise encounter with a bear:

  • Make plenty of noise and travel in groups.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Look and listen for bears and their signs.
  • Keep your pet on a leash.
  • Carry bear spray. Make sure it’s easily accessible, and know how to use bear spray (video).
  • Learn more about bear safety on our webpage or at WildSmart.

Please report all bear sightings immediately to 403-591-7755.

Construction Closure - Bow Valley Wastewater Treatment Centre

August 26, 2017

  • Effective Date: July 31, 2017 until November 17, 2017
  • Where: near the Bow Valley Campground in Bow Valley Provincial Park
  • Why: Construction of a waste water treatment system

Road Closure - Waiparous Creek Bridge Construction

August 26, 2017

  • Effective Date: May 10, 2017 to October 10, 2017
  • Where: On Waiparous Valley Road on the Waiparous Creek bridge.
  • Why: Construction Activities

Construction Closure - Canyon Interpretive Trail

August 26, 2017

  • Effective Date: Closed until further notice
  • Where: Pocaterra Dam on the north end of Lower Kananaskis Lake to the Canyon Interpretive Trail
  • Why: Due to flood damage and construction activities.

Construction Advisory - William Watson Lodge Cabins

August 26, 2017

  • Effective Date: April 10, 2017 to October 31, 2017
  • Where: William Watson Lodge
  • Why: For construction activities on Cabins C and D and will remain fully out of commission.

Affected Areas

Construction Advisory - Elbow Falls Day Use Area

August 26, 2017

  • Effective Date: August 17, 2017 to October 31, 2017
  • Where: Elbow Falls Day Use Area
  • Why: For construction activities. This trail will remain open with some restrictions during this period

Affected Areas

Construction Closure - Forgetmenot Pond and Little Elbow Trailhead Day Use

August 26, 2017

  • Effective Date: September 5, 2017 - October 31, 2017
  • Where: Forgetmenot Pond Day Use Area and Little Elbow Trailhead Day Use Area where as the Little Elbow Campground and  Little Elbow Equestrian will remain open
  • Why: Construction Activities.

Construction Closure - Allen Bill Day Use

August 26, 2017

  • Effective Date: August 1, 2017 - October 31, 2017
  • Where: Allen Bill Day Use Area
  • Why: Construction Activities.

Construction Closure - Cobble Flats Day Use Area

August 19, 2017

  • Effective Date: August 21 to October 31, 2017
  • Where: Cobble Flats Day Use Area
  • Why: to allow for construction activities

Affected Areas

Bear Warning - Elbow Valley, Moose Mountain and West Bragg Creek Trail Networks

August 13, 2017

  • Effective Date: Sunday, August 13, until further notice
  • Where: All Elbow Valley Trail network, Moose Mountain Trail Network and West Bragg Creek Trail network
  • Why: Numerous bear sightings due to bumper buffalo berry crop

Although an advisory is in place for this area, bears can be encountered anywhere in Kananaskis Country at any time. To avoid a surprise encounter with a bear:

  • Make plenty of noise and travel in groups.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Look and listen for bears and their signs.
  • Keep your pet on a leash.
  • Carry bear spray. Make sure it’s easily accessible, and know how to use bear spray (video).
  • Learn more about bear safety on our webpage or at WildSmart.

Please report all bear sightings immediately to 403-591-7755.

Notice - Aerial Wildfire Control Operations in Kananaskis Country

August 13, 2017

  • Effective Date: July 21, 2017 until further notice
  • Where: Spray Lake Reservoir from Driftwood Day Use Area. It is possible that operations may occur on Barrier Lake, Ghost Lake and the Upper & Lower Kananaskis Lakes.
  • Why: Aerial Wildfire Control Operations
  • Expectations: All water crafts are requested to move to within 30 m of shore when water bombers or helicopters conduct low and slow reconnaissance flights over any water body in advance of a tanker group refilling operation.

Affected Areas
Spray Lake Reservoir

Construction Closure - Cougar Creek Trailhead

August 11, 2017

Please note that Cougar Creek Trailhead will close indefinitely starting the week of May 1st, 2017 to begin reconstruction. Parking will be available along Benchlands Trail. Access to trails in the area will be maintained, however detours will be in place. Please obey all posted signage

Closure - Kovach Pond Day Use Maintenance

August 11, 2017

Please be advised of a maintenance closure at Kovach Pond Day Use area.

Affected Areas

Construction Advisory - Contractor Access to Transportation Utility Corridor

August 11, 2017

Please be advised that various contractors will be utilizing a corridor west from the Parks Maintenance facility at Shannon Terrace to facilitate power line installation along the Transportation Utility Corridor in support of the Southwest Calgary Ring Road project. No construction will be taking place within the Park. Travel will be restricted to an approved route cleared of snow and previously disturbed.

Affected Areas

Bear Warning - Canmore Nordic Centre

July 30, 2017

  • Effective Date: July 28, 2017 until further notice
  • Where: Canmore Nordic Centre
  • Why: Multiple sightings of  black bears and grizzly bears feeding on berries throughout Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park.

Although an advisory is in place for this area, bears can be encountered anywhere in Kananaskis Country at any time. To avoid a surprise encounter with a bear:

  • Make plenty of noise and travel in groups.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Look and listen for bears and their signs.
  • Keep your pet on a leash.
  • Carry bear spray. Make sure it’s easily accessible, and know how to use bear spray (video).
  • Learn more about bear safety on our webpage or at WildSmart.

Please report all bear sightings immediately to 403-591-7755.

Affected Areas

Notice - Stoney Trail

July 26, 2017

Please be advised that several spans of a power transmission line that are above portions of Stoney Trail along the western shore of Barrier Lake have been identified to not meet Altalink’s requirements.

  • Until further notice and until the clearances can be raised in the fall of 2017 by the installation of several taller pole structures, signs specifically identifying the areas with reduced clearance will be deployed as well as advisory notices at trailheads.
  • To ensure public safety, Altalink is requesting that users of the area do not cross under the power lines where the signs are deployed.
  • If the public must cross or walk along the transmission line right-of-way in these areas, please avoid crossing under or walking in areas immediately below the middle of a span where the signs are deployed.  Where possible, plan to cross such low span areas close to a pole structure.
  • If there are any questions, please contact Altalink at stakeholderrelations@altalink.ca or 1.877.269.5903

Affected Areas

Bear Warning - Paddy's Flat Campground and surrounding trails

July 26, 2017

  • Effective Date: July 25, 2017 until further notice
  • Where: Paddy's Flat Campground and surrounding trails
  • Why: Black bear in the campground and surrounding areas, feeding on berries

Although an advisory is in place for this area, bears can be encountered anywhere in Kananaskis Country at any time. To avoid a surprise encounter with a bear:

  • Make plenty of noise and travel in groups.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Look and listen for bears and their signs.
  • Keep your pet on a leash.
  • Carry bear spray. Make sure it’s easily accessible, and know how to use bear spray (video).
  • Learn more about bear safety on our webpage or at WildSmart.

Please report all bear sightings immediately to 403-591-7755.

 

Closure - The Narrows and Bearspaw Trail

July 18, 2017

  • Effective Date: Tuesday, July 18th until further notice 
  • Where: The Narrows and Bearspaw Trail 
  • Why: All trails east of The Narrows on Glenbow Trail  to the end of Bearspaw Trail are now closed due to the presence of cattle. The gate at the Narrows viewpoint is closed and the trail from the east washroom to that gate is now open.

Affected Areas

Bear Closure - Valleyview Trail

July 18, 2017

  • Effective Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017 until further notice
  • Where: Valleyview Trail
  • Why: Permanent Bear Closure

Although an advisory is in place for this area, bears can be encountered anywhere in Kananaskis Country at any time. To avoid a surprise encounter with a bear:

  • Make plenty of noise and travel in groups.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Look and listen for bears and their signs.
  • Keep your pet on a leash.
  • Carry bear spray. Make sure it’s easily accessible, and know how to use bear spray (video).
  • Learn more about bear safety on our webpage or at WildSmart.

Please report all bear sightings immediately to 403-591-7755.

There is a bear closure in place for Valleyview Trail from the gate south of Elpoca Day Use to the gate North of Little Highwood Pass Parking lot. The closure also includes all access to this area from Highway 40. 

Affected Areas

Bear Warning - Sandy McNabb Campground

July 15, 2017

  • Effective Date: Friday,  July 14, 2017 until further notice
  • Where: Sandy McNabb Campground
  • WhyA young, black bear was observed at the edge of a campsite in D loop of the Sandy McNabb Campground.  The bear retreated immediately upon observing people in the site.

Although an advisory is in place for this area, bears can be encountered anywhere in Kananaskis Country at any time. To avoid a surprise encounter with a bear:

  • Make plenty of noise and travel in groups.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Look and listen for bears and their signs.
  • Keep your pet on a leash.
  • Carry bear spray. Make sure it’s easily accessible, and know how to use bear spray (video).
  • Learn more about bear safety on our webpage or at WildSmart.

Please report all bear sightings immediately to 403-591-7755.

Notice - Washed Out Bridge Material in Sheep River

July 4, 2017

Please be advised of washed out bridge material in the Sheep River approximately 100m downstream from the Indian Oils Day Use area. The material extends into the flow causing a strainer and other risk of getting hung up with numerous protruding pieces. Caution is advised in this area.

Affected Areas

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