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  • Construction Advisory - Upper Lake Day Use Area

    June 19, 2018

    • Effective Date: June 19th-20th 2018
    • Where: Upper Lake Day Use Area
    • Why: To support improvements to the trailhead and parking lot.  Caution should be exercised within this area, particularly around heavy equipment.  Please obey all posted signage in the area.

    Affected Areas

    Upper Lake Day Use Rawson Lake Trail Upper Lake Trail

  • Coyote Warning - North Fork Campground

    June 13, 2018

    • Effective Date: June 13, 2018 until further notice
    • Where: North Fork Campground Trail
    • Why: Active coyote den within area. Coyote adults and pups are seen in the area. Keep animals on leash at all times. If coyotes are seen, know your surroundings and move out of the area the same way you came.

       

      Although a warning is in place for this area, coyotes can be encountered anywhere in Kananaskis PLUZ and at any time.  Minimize your chance of surprising a coyote by:

      • Make plenty of noise and travel in a tight group.  Keep children close.
      • Be aware of your surroundings.  Leave the area if you see or smell a carcass.
      • Keep your pet on a leash at all times.
      • Do not feed coyotes or other wildlife under any circumstances.
      • Carry bear spray and use it, if necessary, on coyotes.  Ensure it is easily accessible and you know how to use it.

       

      Please report coyote sightings immediately to 403-591-7755

    Affected Areas

    North Fork Trail

  • Bear Warning - Boulton Creek Campground

    June 11, 2018

    • Effective Date: June 11, 2018 until further notice
    • Where: Boulton Creek Campground 
    • Why: Multiple grizzly bears with cubs frequenting 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.

    Affected Areas

    Boulton Creek Campground

  • Bear Warning - Indian Oils and Sheep Trail

    June 11, 2018

    • Effective Date: June 10, 2018 until further notice
    • Where: Indian Oils and Sheep River Trail in Sheep River Provincial Park
    • Why: Black bear sow with cub bluff charged a hiker and leashed dog. The hiker deployed bear spray and the bear retreated 10 metres and stayed in that location with its cub while the hiker returned to the car park.

    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.

    Affected Areas

    Indian Oils Trail Sheep River PP Provincial Park Sheep Trail

  • Bear Warning - Sandy McNabb Campground

    June 11, 2018

    • Effective Date: June 4, 2018 until further notice
    • Where: Sandy McNabb Campground in Sheep River Provincial Park
    • Why: Black bear frequenting campground

    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.

    Affected Areas

    Sandy McNabb Campground

  • Construction Closure - Little Elbow Trailhead

    June 10, 2018

    • Effective Date: May 15 to July 1, 2018
    • Where: Little Elbow Trailhead 
    • Why: Facility upgrades
    • Little Elbow Day Use areas including Little Elbow/Nihahi Trailhead & Forgetmenot Pond are closed until July 1. Day users/hikers are asked to avoid travel in the area, however access to campgrounds is permissible if you hold a reservation or permit. 
    • Backcountry campers heading to Big Elbow or Mount Romulus should note that parking is unavailable in the Little Elbow Provincial Recreation Area. Campers are asked to park on Hwy 66 and hike through the Little Elbow Campground to access the backcountry trails until the parking lot is open. 

    Affected Areas

    Little Elbow Trailhead Day Use Little Elbow Interpretive Trail Wildhorse Trail Little Elbow Trail Big Elbow Trail Nihahi Creek Trail Nihahi Ridge Trail Threepoint Mountain Trail

  • Construction Closure - Gap Lake Day Use

    June 4, 2018

    • Effective Date: June 4 - 30, 2018
    • Where: Gap Lake Day Use 
    • Why: To support improvements to the day use area, periodic partial to full closure of the west portion is required to ensure the safety of the public. The boat launch area remains open.

    Affected Areas

    Gap Lake Day Use Bow Valley WPP Wildland Provincial Park

  • Bear Closure - Ghost River east of Lake Minnewanka

    June 4, 2018

    • Effective Date: June 4, 2018 until further notice
    • Where: Ghost River east of Lake Minnewanka
    • Why: Human-bear conflict
    • For more information contact: Cochrane Fish and Wildlife: 403-932-2388 or after hours Report a Poacher: 1-800-642-3800

    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.

    Affected Areas

    Ghost River WA Wilderness Area

  • Closure - McLean Creek Road

    May 27, 2018

    • Effective Date: June 1-30, 2018 
    • Where: McLean Creek Road: The portion of the McLean Creek Public Land Use Zone (PLUZ) bound to the east by the McLean Creek Road south of Trail Marker #232 and south to the PLUZ Boundary; and bound to the north by the Truck Trail (4 x 4 Trail) west of Trail Marker #232 to Trail Marker #580 to Trail Marker #610 to Trail Marker #606 and southwest to the PLUZ Boundary. The Truck Trail (4 x 4 Trail) west of Trail Marker #232 an d McLean Creek Road remain open for public travel. See the map here for more details.
    • Why: Recent wildfire in area, fire suppression activities still occurring 
    • McLean Creek Provincial Recreation Area and Fisher Creek Provincial Recreation Area are still open to the public.

    Affected Areas

    McLean Creek PRA Provincial Recreation Area Fisher Creek PRA Provincial Recreation Area

  • Construction Closure - Grotto Mountain Day Use

    May 25, 2018

    • Effective Date:  May 25, 2018 – June 30, 2018
    • Where:  Grotto Mountain Day Use Area 
    • Why:  To support improvements to the day use area, partial closure of the parking lot and pond trails/picnic areas is required to ensure the safety of the public.  Some parking will be provided and the Grotto Canyon trailhead remains open.   

    Affected Areas

    Grotto Mountain Day Use Bow Valley PP Provincial Park Grotto Creek Canyon Trail

  • Construction Closure - Forgetmenot Pond Day Use

    May 25, 2018

    • Effective Date: May 15 to July 1, 2018
    • Where: Forgetmenot Pond Day Use
    • Why: Facility upgrades. 
    • Little Elbow Day Use areas including Little Elbow/Nihahi Trailhead & Forgetmenot Pond are closed until July 1. Day users/hikers are asked to avoid travel in the area, however access to campgrounds is permissible if you hold a reservation or permit. 

    Affected Areas

    Little Elbow PRA Provincial Recreation Area Forgetmenot Pond Day Use Ford Knoll Trail Ford Creek Trail

  • Construction Advisory - Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park - Proximity to the Canmore Water Treatment Facility Plant

    May 17, 2018

    • Effective Date: Thursday, May 17 until further notice
    • Where: West of HWY 1A in proximity to the Canmore Water Treatment Facility Plant.  Industrial activities will take place on the North West edge of a portion of the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park and the Bow River. See the map for more info.
    • Why:  ATCO Pipelines will be conducting industrial activities on public lands in close proximity to a portion of the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park in order to remove a damaged pipe from the 2013 floods.  Caution should be exercised within this area, particularly around heavy equipment.  Please obey all posted signage in the area.

    Affected Areas

    Canmore Nordic Centre PP Provincial Park

  • Construction Closure - Boulton Creek Trails

    May 10, 2018

    • Effective Date: May 10, 2018 until further notice
    • Where: All trails leading to the upper Boulton Campground Store parking lot, and all adjacent construction zones. The closure includes: the paved bicycle trail from the campground road to the store, the Whiskey Jack Trail from loop A to the store, the paved bike path east of the store, and the entire active construction zone during the creation of a new campground loop.  All access is prohibited. See the map for more info.
    • Why: Campground loop construction activity including heavy machinery within the area.

    Affected Areas

    Whiskey Jack Trail Peter Lougheed Paved Trail

  • Construction Closure - Cobble Flats Day Use

    May 8, 2018

    • Effective Date: May 15 to June 27, 2018
    • Where: Cobble Flats Day Use
    • Why: Facility upgrades

    Affected Areas

    Cobble Flats PRA Provincial Recreation Area Cobble Flats Day Use

  • Construction Closure - Boulton Creek Store Upper Parking Lot

    April 23, 2018

    • Effective Date: April 23, 2018 through to August 20, 2018
    • Where: Boulton Creek Store Upper Parking Lot
    • Why: Facilitate staging and construction of the new Boulton Creek Loop E Campground. 

     

    Affected Areas

    Boulton Creek Campground

  • Closure - Grassi Lakes Climbing Routes

    April 21, 2018

    • Effective Date: April 21, 2018 until further notice
    • Where: Left side of the Graceland rock climbing area due to an owl nesting site near the following climbing routes on Grassi Lakes:
      • You Ain’t Nothing But a Hang Dog
      • Memphis
      • It’s Now or Never 
    • Why: To minimize disturbances to an owl nesting site.

    Affected Areas

    Grassi Lakes Day Use Canmore Nordic Centre PP Provincial Park   Grassi Lakes Climbing Routes

  • Construction Closure - Ghost Reservoir Boat Launch Extension

    April 19, 2018

    • Effective Date: April 19, 2018 with a projected completion by July 1, 2018
    • Where: Ghost Reservoir Boat Launch
    • Why: The south side parking lot and boat launch will be closed to the public. The gates will be locked and barriers placed on the boat ramp to prohibit access from the ice into the parking lot. The north side parking lot will remain open to the public.

    Affected Areas

    Ghost Reservoir Day Use Ghost Reservoir Campground Ghost Reservoir PRA Provincial Recreation Area

  • Construction Closure - Bow River Campground

    April 18, 2018

    • Effective Date: Bow River Campground will remain closed until June 29, 2018
    • Where: Bow River Campground
    • Why: Alberta Parks will be completing upgrades to the facility that began in 2017. Facility upgrades to be completed in 2018 include installation of a new comfort station, construction of 7 new walk-in tent sites and completion of campground water and sanitary systems. Once completed, Bow River Campground will feature 60 drive-in sites and 7 walk-in tent sites. Upon completion all 60 drive-in sites will feature power and water services. The campground comfort station will feature power, water and sanitary services. Bow River Campground is targeted to open without water or sanitary services June 29, 2018. Water and sanitary services will become available in July 2018 following final testing and commissioning of all systems and infrastructure.  All posted signage should be obeyed during construction. Please visit the Alberta Parks website for more information about front country camping opportunities in Kananaskis Country.

    Affected Areas

    Bow Valley PP Provincial Park Bow River Campground

  • Construction Advisory - Ha Ling Peak Trail Realignment

    April 6, 2018

    • Effective Date: April 2018 through September 2018
    • Where: Ha Ling Trail
    • Why: Please be advised that there will be construction activities taking place April through September on the Ha Ling Trail in Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park. Heavy equipment and crews will be on site completing a variety of trails improvements. Intermittent full-mountain closures will occur throughout the above time frame to accommodate safety particularly during high risk construction activities. Caution should be used, particularly around heavy equipment, and all posted signage should be obeyed. 

    Affected Areas

    Bow Valley WPP Wildland Provincial Park Goat Creek Day Use Ha Ling Trail

  • Construction Advisory - Lac des Arcs Campground and Day Use

    December 5, 2017

    • Effective Date: December 5th, 2017 until further notice.
    • Where: Lac des Arcs Campground & Day Use Area
    • Why: Tree felling and brush removal activities where heavy equipment will be present. Although the day use area and campground are closed for the season, please obey all posted signage. Caution is strongly advised.

    Affected Areas

    Lac Des Arcs Day Use Lac Des Arcs Campground

  • Closure - Annual Wildlife Corridor at the CNC

    December 1, 2017

    • Effective Date: Thursday, December 1, 2017
    • Where: Powerline, Backdoor, Killer Bees, Ziggy’s, Oven, Nector Noodle, The Albertan, Alpine Meadows trails
    • Why: Annual Wildlife Corridor at the CNC from December 1, 2017 to June 15, 2018 

    Affected Areas

    Canmore Nordic Centre PP Provincial Park Bow Valley WPP Wildland Provincial Park

  • Closure - Widow Maker Trail

    October 30, 2017

    • Effective Date: October 30, 2017 until further notice
    • Where: Widow Maker Trail from Canoe Meadows to the Green Tongue river feature, downstream from the Barrier Visitor Information Center
    • Why: Hazardous conditions due to compromised trees

    Affected Areas

    Canoe Meadows Day Use Barrier Lake Visitor Information Centre Bow Valley PP Provincial Park Widow Maker Trail

  • Construction Closure - Tombstone Backcountry Campground

    September 18, 2017

    • Effective Date: September 18, 2017 until further notice
    • Where: Tombstone Backcountry Campground
    • Why: Tombstone Backcountry Campground will be closed for facility upgrades.

    Affected Areas

    Tombstone Backcountry Campground Elbow-Sheep WPP Wildland Provincial Park

  • Washed Out Bridge Material in Sheep River

    June 20, 2017

    Please be advised of washed out bridge material in the Sheep River approximately 100m downstream from the Indian Oils Day Use area. The material extends into the flow causing a strainer and other risk of getting hung up with numerous protruding pieces. Caution is advised in this area.

    Affected Areas

    Sheep River PP Provincial Park Indian Oils Day Use   Sheep River

  • Construction Closure - Canyon Interpretive Trail

    June 15, 2017

    • Effective Date: Closed until further notice
    • Where: Pocaterra Dam on the north end of Lower Kananaskis Lake to the Canyon Interpretive Trail
    • Why: Due to flood damage and construction activities.

    Affected Areas

    Peter Lougheed PP Provincial Park Kananaskis Canyon Interpretive Trail

  • Construction Advisory - Contractor Access to Transportation Utility Corridor

    January 24, 2017

    Please be advised that various contractors will be utilizing a corridor west from the Parks Maintenance facility at Shannon Terrace to facilitate power line installation along the Transportation Utility Corridor in support of the Southwest Calgary Ring Road project. No construction will be taking place within the Park. Travel will be restricted to an approved route cleared of snow and previously disturbed.

    Affected Areas

    Fish Creek PP Provincial Park Shannon Terrace Day Use


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