Highwood Provincial Recreation Area

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  • Construction Advisory - Graveling: Highwood Area

    Effective:  October 25, 2021

      • Effective Date: October 25, 2021 until further notice
      • Where: Highwood Group Camp, Strawberry PRA, Etherington PRA and Cataract Campground.
      • Why: Roads and sites are being graveled at the Highwood Group Camp, Strawberry PRA, Etherington PRA and Cataract Campground starting Monday. Area users should watch for trucks hauling gravel in the area and watch for signs and men and equipment working in these areas.

  • Highwood Pass Congestion

    Effective:  September 30, 2021

      • Effective Date: September 30, 2021 until further notice
      • Where: Highwood Pass
      • Why: Over the past few weekends, the Highwood Pass area of Kananaskis Country has had record numbers of visitors seeking to explore and experience the changing colours of the larches..

      This record number of visitors has created significant parking challenges, and it is recommended that people going to the area have a Plan B. If the parking lot is full, consider visiting another area of Kananaskis Country or, if you can, come back during the week when fewer people are around.

      Funds from the new Kananaskis Conservation Pass are supporting additional boots on the ground and enforcement officers will be out again this weekend working with traffic safety to ensure people are aware of the rules. Additionally, officers will be responding to issues and supporting trail maintenance, waste management, search and rescue operations, visitor services and the upkeep of facilities.

      Albertans are also reminded that bear activity is currently high, and encounters between bears and people may have unfortunate consequences for both the bears and people involved. Anyone planning to explore bear country is reminded to take precautions.

      • Stay alert and make noise.
      • Carry bear spray, have it handy, and know how to use it.
      • Travel and work in groups (minimum group size of 4 is recommended).
      • Keep pets on a leash.

      Residents should remove and store garbage and other wildlife attractants, like fruit trees, from their properties.

    Affected Areas
      Highwood Pass

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