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  • Bear Closure - The southerly basin formed by Limestone Mountain and The Wedge Peak

    October 13, 2018

    • Effective Date:  October 13, 2018 until further notice
    • Where:  The southerly basin formed by Limestone Mountain and The Wedge Peak from Highway 40, near the Galatea rock-cut, to the height of land and south to Rocky Creek.  The closure includes all access along Rocky Creek.
    • Why: Grizzly bear sow with a cub feeding on a carcass

    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

    Galatea Day Use Opal Day Use

  • Construction Closure - Ha Ling Trail

    October 9, 2018

    • Effective Date: Oct 9, 2018 until further notice
    • Where: Ha Ling Trail and Ha Ling climbing routes.  
    • Why: Please be advised that due to the early season of large, deep accumulations of snow, conditions are no longer safe for construction work to continue at Ha Ling. As a result of the construction work not being complete, several hazards exist throughout the trail.  Due to the lack of hazard visibility and way finding issues, Ha Ling Peak will remain closed over the winter of 2018/2019 to ensure the safety of Alberta Parks users.   Alberta Parks will not permit access to hiking and climbing routes on Ha Ling Peak during the area closure. Alberta Parks users are asked to respect the closure notices for their own safety.

     

    Visitors looking for alternatives to Ha Ling Peak can call the Kananaskis Information Line at 1-403-678-0760 or via a Kananaskis Information Centre such as Barrier Lake, Bow Valley or Peter Lougheed.

    Affected Areas

    Ha Ling Trail Goat Creek Day Use   Ha Ling climbing routes

  • Bear Closure - Opal Ridge South-End

    October 8, 2018

    • Effective Date: Oct 8, 2018 until further notice
    • Where: The entire slope forming the south-end of Opal Ridge between Highway 40 and the height of land from 2 kilometers north of Fortress Gas Station to the ridge north of the Grizzly Creek drainage.  The closure excludes Grizzly Creek, and the Fortress Gas Station facility.  
    • Why: Grizzly bear feeding on a carcass. 

     

    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

    Grizzly Creek Day Use Peter Lougheed PP Provincial Park   Fortress Junction Area

  • Closure - Sibbald Area Campgrounds

    October 4, 2018

    • Effective Date: October 4, 2018 until further notice
    • Where: Dawson Equestrian Campground, Sibbald Lake Campground, Pinegrove A & B Campgrounds and Stoney Creek Campground
    • Why: Closed due to early winter conditions. Roads and sites are impassable.

    Affected Areas

    Stoney Creek Group Use Sibbald Lake Campground Pine Grove A Group Use Pine Grove B Group Use Dawson Equestrian Campground

  • Bear Closure - Eau Claire Campground and surrounding area

    October 2, 2018

    • Effective Date:  October 2, 2018 until further notice
    • Where:  Eau Claire Campground & surrounding area
    • Why: Due to Bear activity in 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

    Eau Claire Campground

  • Bear Closure - Terrace Trail

    September 30, 2018

    • Effective Date: September 30, 2018 until further notice
    • Where: Terrace Trail and a small portion of Kovach trail on the very south end where it runs near Terrace Trail
    • Why: Due to bear activity

    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

    Terrace Trail Kovach Trail

  • Bear Warning - Galatea Creek Trail

    September 30, 2018

    • Effective Date: September 30, 2018 until further notice
    • Where: Galatea Creek Trail
    • Why: Due to a grizzly bear close encounter with bear spray deployed.

     

    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

    Galatea Creek Trail

  • Closure - Bearspaw Trail, The Narrows and Bow River Loop

    September 24, 2018

    • Effective Date: September 24 for about 2 weeks
    • Where: Bearspaw Trail, The Narrows and Bow River Loop 
    • Why: Cattle grazing in the area

    Affected Areas

    Bearspaw Trail The Narrows Trail Bow River Loop Trail

  • Construction Advisory - Big Elbow Trail

    September 20, 2018

    • Effective Date: September 20 continuing until November 2.
    • Where: The north bridge washout location on the Big Elbow Trail. 
    • Why: Tree felling and brush clearing operations

    There will be contractor crew vehicles traveling along the trail during this period.  The Big Elbow Trail remains open, and users should watch for construction signs located along the trail.

    Affected Areas

    Big Elbow Trail

  • Prescribed Burn - Kovach Prescribed Fire

    September 14, 2018

    • Effective Date: Tree burning operations will start Monday, September 17, 2018 and will occur intermittently from now until October 31, 2018, as weather conditions permit. Burning will also only be done during atmospheric conditions that are favorable to smoke dispersal.
    • Where: Kovach Pond Day Use and surrounding area. Portions of the Bill Milne Trail and adjacent areas may be closed during the prescribed fire. Parking may be restricted along Highway 40 in the vicinity of the prescribed fire.
    • Why: The overarching objectives for the prescribed fire are to maintain critical habitat for wildlife and create a safe fire environment to protect facilities from wildfires. Native grassland and aspen depend on fire for regeneration and to keep forests open. These grassland meadows provide critical habitat for elk, deer, grizzly bear, and wolves.

    The Kovach Prescribed Fire was started in the spring of 2017 when half of the 180 hectare area was burned. Our aim is to burn the remaining portion later this fall if weather conditions permit.

    This prescribed fire is part of the Evan-Thomas 10-year Vegetation Management Strategy 2016-2025 

    Affected Areas

    Bill Milne (Village to Kovach Pond) Trail Bill Milne (Ribbon Creek to Kovach Pond Day Use) Trail Kovach Pond Day Use

  • Water Services Shutdown

    September 13, 2018

    • The water will be shut off to all sites in Bow Valley Park Campgrounds as of Sept. 20 2018.
    • The Bow Valley comfort station will have water as well as the dump station until the October 12 2018.
    • Willow Rock Campground and dump station water has been shut off and the comfort station water will be shut off October 23 2018.
    • Bow Valley South water will be shut off September 18 2018, this includes all group camps listed: Grouse, Owl, Grey Jay.

    Affected Areas

    Bow Valley Campground Three Sisters Campground Willow Rock Campground Grouse Group Use Owl Group Use Grey Jay Group Use

  • Water Services Shutdown

    September 13, 2018

    • Water hookups at McLean Creek Campground have been shut down as of September 13. 

    There is only 1 workable water tap at Mclean Dump Station. Please fill up at the Elbow Regional Dump Station. If temperatures reach below freezing, pipes will not be in use.

    Affected Areas

    McLean Creek Campground

  • Construction Closure - Sentinel Day Use Area

    August 27, 2018

    • Effective Date: August 16 to October 15
    • Where: Sentinel Day Use Area
    • Why: Please be advised that the Sentinel Day Use Area will be closed to public from August 16 to October 15 to allow for construction activities.  

    Affected Areas

    Sentinel Day Use

  • Construction Advisory - Paving Project along Highway 40 south of Kananaskis Village

    August 20, 2018

    • Effective Date: August 20th until further notice
    • Where: Paving will occur along Highway 40 south of the Kananaskis Village intersection to the junction of Hwy 742 (Hwy 40 winter gate in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park); as well as Mount Allen Drive, Centennial Drive, Kananaskis Village and Nakiska. 
    • Why: Alberta Parks and Alberta Transportation are partnering on a paving project in the Kananaskis Region.
    •  Reduced speed, one lane alternative traffic, partial parking lot closures will occur throughout the project. In addition, trucks and heavy equipment delivering equipment and materials to the site may cause traffic slow downs at access points along the paving route.
    • Caution should be used, particularly around heavy equipment, and all posted signage and instructions from flagging staff must be obeyed.  

     

    Affected Areas

    Kananaskis Village Nakiska Ski Resort   Highway 40 South of Kananaskis Village to Highway 742 Junction

  • Construction Advisory - Stream Changes Trail

    August 20, 2018

    • Effective Date: August 20 - September 28, 2018
    • Where: Stream Changes Trail and adjacent access points in Fish Creek Provincial Park 
    • Why: Heavy equipment and crews will be on site completing trail improvements and paving.
    • Caution should be used, particularly around heavy equipment, and all posted signage and instructions from flagging staff must be obeyed. Use of the identified trails throughout the construction period is not recommended.

    Affected Areas

    Bow Valley Ranch Day Use   Stream Changes Trail

  • Construction Closure - Bebo Grove Washroom Facility

    July 27, 2018

    • Effective Date: July 30, 2018 until further notice
    • Where: Bebo Grove Day Use Washroom Facility
    • Why: Storm water infrastructure improvements by the City of Calgary in the area has required cutting power to the building
    • Portable toilets have been placed near the washroom building.
    • Access to the area may be limited. Public will be asked to obey all construction signs and closures.

    Affected Areas

    Bebo Grove Day Use

  • Construction Advisory - LaFarge Meadows Day Use

    July 27, 2018

    • Effective Date: July 27, 2018 until end of November
    • Where: LaFarge Meadows Day Use via 194th Avenue will be closed
    • Why: 194th Avenue near Fish Creek Provincial Park is being reconstructed by West Creek Developments to City of Calgary roadway standards
    • Alternative pedestrian access is available via Chaparral Valley Drive.
    • Alternative parking and access is available at the south parking lots of Sikome Aquatic Facility via Sun Valley Boulevard or Bow Bottom Trail SE. See attached maps.

    Affected Areas

    Fish Creek PP Provincial Park Lafarge Meadows Day Use

  • Construction Advisory - Legacy Trail Extension

    June 30, 2018

    • Effective Date: July 30, 2018 until further notice 
    • Where: Extension of the Legacy Trail from the Canmore Nordic Centre’s main parking lot to the Town of Canmore’s portion of the trail
    • Why: The Alberta Parks portion of the Legacy Trail Extension is complete and open to the public. The Town Of Canmore section is under construction and users should follow all signage and be aware of equipment and workers.

    Affected Areas

    Canmore Nordic Centre PP Provincial Park   Legacy Trail

  • Construction Closure - Spray Lakes Road and Grassi Lakes Day Use

    June 28, 2018

    • When: July 16th until October 16th, 2018
    • Where: Spray Lakes Road below Whiteman’s Pond and Grassi Lakes Day Use Area. Upper and Lower Grassi Lake and the climbing area is closed. Hiking trails from the Grassi Lakes Day Use Area trailhead to the northeast shoreline of Lower Grassi Lake are open. Access to Riders of Rohan is open. See a map of the closure.
    • What is open: The Grassi Lakes Trail ("more difficult" trail) past the falls up to the viewing area of the first lake and the wide road back down ("easy" trail). Trails around both lakes are closed to access.
    • Why: Over the last 25 years, use on the Spray Lakes Road has substantially increased and the infrastructure supporting the road surface requires repairs. The Project involves anchoring the gabion walls under the Spray Lakes Road below Whiteman’s Pond, covering the face of the gabion wall with shotcrete, and replacing the guardrail and fence.

     

    See the Spray Lakes Road and Grassi Lakes Day Use Closure FAQ.

    The road construction is located directly above the Grassi Lakes and the climbing area. To reduce the rock hazard to climbers and hikers, Alberta Parks will close these areas.  There will be substantial traffic delays from the bottom of the Spray Lakes Road to the top of Whiteman’s Gap.  Alberta Parks encourages users to access their desired destination in the Spray Valley via Hwy 40 through Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. 

    Visitors looking for alternatives to Grassi Lakes hiking and climbing opportunities can call the Kananaskis Information Line at 1-403-678-0760 or stop at a Kananaskis Information Centre such as Barrier Lake, Bow Valley or Peter Lougheed.

    Affected Areas

    Grassi Lakes Upper Trail Grassi Lakes Interpretive Trail Grassi Lakes Day Use Spray Valley PP Provincial Park Canmore Nordic Centre PP Provincial Park

  • Construction Advisory - Little Elbow Trail up to Tombstone Backcountry Campground

    June 27, 2018

    • Effective Date:  July 2, 2018 until further notice
    • Where:  Little Elbow Trail - from Little Elbow Campground to Tombstone Backcountry Campground
    • Why:  To support construction at Tombstone Backcountry Campground there will be trucks and heavy equipment travelling along the trail.  Users are asked to be courteous and move off-trail to allow trucks and equipment to pass, particularly along steep or narrow sections, to facilitate the upgrades being done in the area.  Caution should be exercised within this area, particularly around heavy equipment.  Please obey all posted signage in the area.

    Affected Areas

    Tombstone Backcountry Campground Little Elbow Trailhead Day Use Little Elbow PRA Provincial Recreation Area

  • Closure - Area encompassing Sandy McNabb Road

    June 23, 2018

    • Effective Date: June 23, 2018 until further notice
    • Where:  The area encompassing Sandy McNabb road in Sandy McNabb Day Use.
    • Why: Roadside embankment has falling rocks and debris falling across the road. 

     

    Affected Areas

    Sandy McNabb Day Use

  • 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 - Boulton Creek Store Upper Parking Lot

    April 23, 2018

    • Effective Date: April 23, 2018 until further notice
    • 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 - 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.  A re-route is available along the river.
    • 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


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