Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park

Alberta Parks


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  • Canmore Area Cow Elk

    Effective:  December 20, 2021

      • Effective Date: December 20, 2021 until further notice
      • Where: Areas around the Bow River including Larch Island, Bow River Loop Trail, Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park, Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park, Town of Canmore Land
      • Why: Aggressive Elk - Cow elk charging when public is too close

    Affected Areas
  • Mountain Pine Beetle Survey and Control Program

    Effective:  November 2, 2021

      • Effective Date: November 02, 2021 until approximately March 31, 2022
      • Where: Kananaskis area around Barrier Lake and in Bow Valley Provincial Park. 
      • Why: Please be advised that the Calgary Forest Area’s Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) survey and control program for the 2020-21 season will be active this month (November 2021) and run until approximately March 31, 2022. This means that you may see our crews working in the Bow Valley and Kananaskis. If you are out in these areas, you may see our MPB signage, surveyors, inspectors and control crews in trucks, quads and snowmobiles. Most notably, you will see smoke in the air from the work our control crews will be doing. Crews have several areas to survey as shown in the map below and it’s likely we will end up with 1000+ sites at which MPB infested tree burning will be taking place.

        The intent of this program is to control the spread of Mountain Pine Beetle in Alberta. Control crews will use chainsaws to cut, pile and burn infested trees on site in order to kill the beetles. We are committed to working together safely and effectively in order to minimize negative affects to local residents and also minimize the threat of significant Mountain Pine Beetle disturbance in southern Alberta. Early detection and rapid response is key to success, we strive to identify the outbreak quickly and control aggressively. If the beetles are allowed to multiply unchecked, they can be prone to rapid population growth and become extremely difficult and expensive to control. This scenario causes substantial tree mortality which can have negative social, economic and environmental impacts.

  • 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 - 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.

      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 OPEN.
      • 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.


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