Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, all Alberta Health Services natural recreational water sampling for beaches in Alberta has been postponed until further notice. Beach water quality is not being monitored.
Alberta Parks remain accessible, but facilities, including toilets, playgrounds, picnic shelters, warm-up huts, and winter camping, are closed. All events and programs have been cancelled. While using the parks, Albertans are reminded to practice appropriate social distancing.
The Kananaskis Country public safety team is asking for cooperation from Kananaskis backcountry users to choose outdoor activities that are low-risk during the COVID-19 response. Users should choose activities in areas that support emergency access and present minimal challenges and/or hazards. Backcountry assistance has the potential to add unnecessary stress to the health care system, put public safety staff at risk, including to exposure to COVID-19, which could then impact resources to support search and rescue. This applies to all Alberta Parks’ backcountry areas. We are reminding backcountry users to please act with common sense and good judgement during this challenging time for Albertans.
For up-to-date information regarding Alberta Environment and Parks response to #COVID19, please visit Alberta Environment and Parks Response to COVID-19.