Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park

Alberta Parks


A Kananaskis Conservation Pass is required to park your vehicle in Kananaskis and the Bow Valley.
  • Bear Warning - Heart Creek Trail and McGillivray Bunker Trail

    Effective:  July 11, 2024

      • Effective Date: July 11, 2024 until further notice.
      • Where: Heart Creek Trail and McGillivray Bunker Trail.
      • Why: Multiple black bears in the area.

    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 - Cougar Creek Canyon area

    Effective:  June 14, 2024

          • Effective Date: June 14, 2024, until further notice
          • Where: Cougar Creek Canyon from the junction of Montane Trail and Lady Macdonald Trail, upstream for approximately 1km.
            • No access to Cougar Canyon for recreational uses.
            • Montane Trail and Horseshoe Loop remain open.
            • Lady Macdonald Trail is open, but may be subject to intermittent short term closures to accommodate construction activities.
          • Why: Construction activities will be taking place 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.

  • Construction Advisory - Grassi Lakes Trails & Day Use Area

    Effective:  May 21, 2024   Updated:  June 18, 2024

      • Effective Date: VARIOUS - May 21 to August 30, or until further notice.
      • Where: Grassi Lakes Trails & Day Use Area.
      • Why: The Grassi Lakes trails will be undergoing construction for trail drainage work to mitigate erosion problems. Work includes re-establishing drainage ditches, up-sizing of culverts and repair work to the trail surface. 

        We recognize the construction and associated closures are inconvenient; however, they are necessary.

        Visitors looking for alternatives can call the Kananaskis Information Line at (403) 678-0760, or stop by a Kananaskis Information Centre.

        Temporary Intermittent Trail Closures to Accommodate Construction

        • June 18 – August 30, 2024.
        • Detours and closures will be ongoing during this project. Access to the lakes will still be available via one of the two trails.
        • Note that during construction, the Grassi Lakes Interpretive Trail is open for use. The Grassi Lakes Interpretive Trail contains steep sections and stairs. Users will be required to navigate these steep stairs and sections both up and down the trail.
        • Please obey all signs, closures and detours.

  • Construction Advisory - Heart Creek Flood Project

    Effective:  June 10, 2020   Updated:  July 10, 2024

      • 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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