Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park

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  • Partial Closure - Stoney Trail

    Effective:  September 27, 2022

      • Effective Date: September 27-30, 2022
      • Where: Stoney Trail from Troll Falls to Jewell Bay.
      • Why: To permit construction crews to work alongside the trail.

  • Bear Warning - Heart Creek Trail and parking lot

    Effective:  August 27, 2022

      • Effective Date: August 27, 2022 until further notice
      • Where: Heart Creek parking lot and Heart Creek Trail
      • Why: Black bears frequenting the area feeding on berries

    Although an advisory is in place for this area, bears can be encountered anywhere in the Kananaskis Region 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.
    • Learn more about bear safety on our webpage or at WildSmart.

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

  • Construction Closure - Lady Macdonald Trail

    Effective:  March 30, 2022

      • Effective Date: March 30, 2022 until further notice.
      • Where: Lady Macdonald Trail along Cougar Creek.
      • Why: Debris retention structure construction will be occurring (likely until the end of 2022). Closure is in place for the safety of both the workers on site and the general public, as the trail runs parallel to the construction site.

  • Construction Closure - Cougar Creek Blasting Area

    Effective:  August 4, 2020

      • Effective Date: August 4, 2020 until further notice.
      • Where: 
        • Cougar Creek Canyon from the junction of Montane Trail and Lady MacDonald Trail upstream for approximately 1 km.
        • Lady MacDonald Trail is closed as of March 30, 2022.
        • Montane Trail and Horseshoe Trail are OPEN.
      • Why: There will be construction and BLASTING activities to support the Town of Canmore Cougar Creek Sediment Retention Structure Project. To ensure visitor safety around the construction site, Alberta Parks is closing the access to Cougar Creek canyon for all recreational uses.

      Please follow direction on construction signage and fencing. 

      Visitors looking for alternatives to Cougar Creek canyon may consider Heart Creek, Grotto Canyon or hire a guide that can safely show you other options.

    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.

       

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