Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park

Alberta Parks


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  • Kananaskis Country Backcountry Avalanche Hazard

    Effective:  June 23, 2022

      • Effective Date: June 23, 2022 until further notice
      • Where: Backcountry areas in Kananaskis Country
      • Why: Snowpack melt in Kananaskis is approximately four weeks behind typical melt this year. It may be summer, but snowy trail conditions and avalanches continue to be present. Many of the backcountry locations accessed from this trailhead cross and/or travel through avalanche terrain.

      If you are travelling on these trails:

      • Expect difficult conditions and more snow on trails than usual. Proper footwear and equipment are essential.
      • Check trail conditions ahead of time.
      • Snow can make even easy to moderate trails difficult. Know your limits and hike within them.
      • Your group should have the skills, knowledge and training to travel in avalanche terrain.
      • You should carry an emergency communications device and be aware that cellular service not available in this area.
      • Leave the details of your plan with a responsible person.

      Attention hikers with backcountry campground reservations:

      • You must camp on designated tent pads. Consider bringing a snow shovel.

  • 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.


Safety Links

Provincial Sources for Advisories