Kananaskis Country

Bow Valley Trail Report

Updated: November 14, 2018

Updated: November 14, 2018 | Print Report

Due to the prevalence of Chinooks in the area, Bow Valley Provincial Park is often the best location for winter walking in Kananaskis Country but be aware that these winds can create extremely variable conditions. Currently, trails are expected to be variable in condition and on any given day, expect to encounter snow-covered sections of trails, sometimes with very deep drifts, icy section and occasionally even standing water. There may be numerous hazards and caution is advised.

Notes:

  1. Early season snow has started to fall. Check for avalanche information on the Avalanche Canada website. Pack appropriately for changing conditions, including traction devices/hiking poles, and don't forget to dress in layers!
  2. Be wildlife aware! Traveling in groups, making noise on trail, keeping pets on leash and carrying bear spray is highly recommended. See the Wildlife Safety page for more information.
  3. Caution is advised for natural hazards such as downed trees and snow/ice on trail.

Seasonal Road Closures:

  1. Bow Valley Park Road: Closed from Mid October until April 30, 2019

Maps

Resources

Trail Name Permitted Activities Status
Bow River Interpretive
Open
Bow Valley Paved
Open
Centennial Ridge
Open
Elk Flats
Open
Flowing Water Interpretive
Open
Grotto Creek Canyon
Open
Heart Creek Interpretive
Open
Jewell Pass
Open
Many Springs Interpretive
Open
Middle Lake Interpretive
Open
Montane Interpretive
Open
Moraine Interpretive
Open
Prairie View
Open
Quaite Creek
Open
Skogan Pass
Open
Stoney
Open
Windy Point
Note
  • Trail has been rerouted on the Dead Man's Flats (Highway 1) side, please follow new signage to access Wind Ridge.
Open
Yamnuska
Note
  • Yamnuska Trail is only maintained for the first 1.0 km and requires significant route finding skills beyond. If venturing to the top of the scramble route, remember there are over 150 climbing routes up the face it is critical that hikers do not throw rocks over the edge. 
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