Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park

Alberta Parks


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  • Cougar Warning - Bow Valley WPP

    Effective:  October 16, 2021

      • Effective Date: October 16, 2021, until further notice.
      • Where: Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park near the town of Canmore between the Rider’s of Rohan trail and the Middle Sister trail.
      • Why: Due to a report of a cougar approaching people in the area.

    Although an advisory is in place for this area, cougars can be encountered anywhere in the Kananaskis Region and at any time. To avoid a surprise encounter with a cougar:

    • Make plenty of noise and travel in groups.
    • Be aware of your surroundings. Look and listen for cougars and their signs.
    • Keep your pet on a leash.
    • Learn more about cougar safety on our webpage or at WildSmart.

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

  • Closure - Bow Valley Wildfire

    Effective:  August 14, 2021

      • Effective Date: August 14, 2021 until further notice
      • Where: Due to wild fire crews working in area- the TransCanada Trail is closed from Mcgillivray parking lot to George Biggy Sr Rd near Dead Man’s Flats
      • Why: This area remains closed due to unsafe conditions and trail damage caused by a wildfire

  • Construction Closure - Yamnuska Full Closure

    Effective:  June 7, 2021

      Please be advised that Alberta Parks is closing Yamnuska / Îyâ Mnathka this summer from June 7, 2021 until November. Trail crews will be on-site upgrading sanctioned trail sections, constructing new sections and decommissioning non-sanctioned routes.

      To support trail construction activities, Alberta Parks is closing all access to the mountain for the following reasons:

      • To reduce danger to hikers, scramblers and climbers as contractors work on the mountain by moving heavy equipment around sloped terrain, long-lining heavy helicopter loads, and dislodging rocks.
      • Vice versa, the contractor needs to be safe from members of the public moving around the mountain potentially dislodging rocks that quickly become dangerous projectiles downslope.
      • The contractor needs to be able to work efficiently without keeping track of the public in the area.

      Visitors looking for alternatives can call the Kananaskis Information Line at 1-403-678-0760 or stop by any Kananaskis Visitor Information Centre.

  • Construction Closure - Cougar Creek Blasting Area

    Effective:  August 4, 2020

      Please be advised that there will construction and BLASTING activities to support the Cougar Creek Flood Project. To ensure visitor safety around the construction site, Alberta Parks is closing the access to Cougar Creek canyon for all recreational uses. In addition, the Lady MacDonald Trail will be closed during blasting

      The area closure will include:

      • Cougar Creek Canyon from the junction of Montane Trail and Lady MacDonald Trail upstream for approximately 1 km.
      • Lady MacDonald Trail is CLOSED.
      • Montane Trail and Horseshoe Trail are OPEN.


      Please follow direction on construction signage and fencing.


      The closure will be effective: August 4, 2020 until further notice.

      Visitors looking for alternatives to Cougar Creek canyon may consider Ha Ling, Grassi Lakes, Heart Creek or Grotto Canyon.

    Affected Areas
  • Construction Advisory - Heart Creek Flood Project

    Effective:  June 10, 2020

      • Effective Date: June 10, 2020 until further notice
      • Where: Heart Creek drainage, including informal parking for Heart Creek hikes in the Highway 1 ditch
      • Why: Be advised that the Municipal District of Bighorn has begun construction of a flood mitigation project on Heart Creek upstream of Highway 1.

      The informal parking in the Highway 1 ditch for access to Heart Creek is not available at this time. Recreational users accessing Heart Creek, Heart Mountain and the Quaite Valley connector trail must park in the Heart Creek Day Use Area.


Safety Links

Provincial Sources for Advisories