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Bear Closure - Prairie View Trail from Barrier Dam Day Use Area to Upper Stoney Junction

July 24, 2017

  • Effective Date: Monday, July 24 until further notice
  • Where: Prairie View Trail from the trailhead including the Barrier Dam Day Use area to the junction with the upper Stoney Trail
  • Why: Grizzly bear feeding in area.
  • Jewell Bay Campground and the rest of the Prairie View Trail can be accessed via Quaite Valley or the Stoney Trailhead near the Nakiska ski hill.  Day users can use the shoreline immediately below the day use area, but cannot venture along the shoreline to the northwest into the closed 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

Notice - Backcountry Fire Ban

July 19, 2017

  • There is a fire BAN for backcountry campgrounds in Kananaskis.
  • The rest of Kananaskis Country is under a fire RESTRICTION.
  • Please see Fire Bans & Restrictions for more information.

Affected Areas

Bear Warning - Heart Creek Trail and Day Use Area

July 14, 2017

  • Effective Date: Friday, July 14, 2017 until further notice
  • Where: Heart Creek Trail and Parking Lot
  • Why: Numerous sightings of a Bear have been reported along the Heart Creek Trail and from the parking lot. The bear has been reported to be feeding on shepherdia (commonly called Buffaloberry).

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.

Fire Restriction
in Effects

Bow Valley PP

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