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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:
Please report all cougar sightings immediately to 403-591-7755.
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:
Visitors looking for alternatives can call the Kananaskis Information Line at 1-403-678-0760 or stop by any Kananaskis Visitor Information Centre.
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:
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.
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.