Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park

Alberta Parks


A Kananaskis Conservation Pass is required to park your vehicle in Kananaskis and the Bow Valley.
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  • Construction Closure - Grassi Lakes and Goat Creek Areas

    Effective:  April 1, 2022   Updated:  March 16, 2023

      • Effective Date: April 1, 2022 until further notice
      • Where:

        Trail Closures:

        • Grassi Lakes Trail
        • Junkyard Trail
        • Reclaimer Mountain Bike Trail
        • Riders of Rohan Mountain Bike Trail

        Climbing Area Closures:

        • Grassi Lakes Climbing Area
        • Ha Ling Climbing Area
        • East End of Rundle Climbing Area

      Update February 10, 2023: Alberta Forestry, Parks and Tourism is reopening the Goat Creek day use area and extending the closure of the Grassi Lakes day use area. The Grassi Lakes and Goat Creek day use areas were closed in April 2022 to support construction activities and ensure the safety of staff and contractors. Grassi Lakes will remain closed until summer 2023 due to rockfall hazard.  

      Closures lifted: 

      • Goat Creek day use area
      • Goat Creek trail
      • Ha Ling trail
      • East End of Rundle scrambling route

      As a result of the closure, there has been limited foot traffic in the area. Snow is not packed down and, at high elevations, could be deep. If you are planning to explore the area this weekend, please take precautions and expect winter conditions.


  • Construction Closure - Lady Macdonald Trail

    Effective:  March 30, 2022   Updated:  March 16, 2023

      • Effective Date: March 30, 2022 until further notice.
      • Where: Lady Macdonald Trail along Cougar Creek.
      • Why: Debris retention structure construction will be occurring. 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. The public can check for sediment retention structure updates on the Town of Canmore website. We do not have any immediate plans of opening the trail as the first part of the trail is missing currently due to the construction and we cannot assess until spring when the snow is melted.

  • Construction Closure - Cougar Creek Blasting Area

    Effective:  August 4, 2020   Updated:  March 16, 2023

      • 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   Updated:  March 16, 2023

      • 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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