To increase camping capacity and reduce encounters between people and bears, Alberta Parks has proposed to make several changes to campgrounds in the Lower Kananaskis Lake area. This area is a very popular camping destination during the summer months, particularly on the weekends. It is also at the junction of several major wildlife corridors and contains very high quality grizzly bear habitat. There is a shortage of fully serviced campsites in the area, and there is a need to reduce encounters between campers and bears in and around campgrounds. The campgrounds involved in this project are: Boulton Creek, Lower Lake and Mt. Sarrail. The proposed plan involves expanding Boulton Creek, decommissioning several campsites at Lower Lakes, improving bear-proof food storage at Mt. Sarrail and designating an official overflow campground for the area.
Alberta Parks conducted public consultation from December 7, 2016 to February 13, 2017. First Nations consultation with the Treaty 7 First Nations also took place. The feedback for this plan has been positive overall, and Albertans have been supportive of it. Based on feedback, changes were made to the plan details to accommodate the needs of Albertans. The plan now involves:
The decision will follow through on the following proposed amendments to the Peter Lougheed and Spray Valley Provincial Parks Management Plans.:
For further information about this decision, please see the Frequently Asked Questions and maps.
For details on the public input that was provided during the consultation process, please see the What We Heard document.
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