Peter Lougheed Provincial Park

Alberta Parks

Advisories

A Kananaskis Conservation Pass is required to park your vehicle in Kananaskis and the Bow Valley.
  • Bear Closure - Rawson Lake Trail and Sarrail Ridge

    Effective:  July 16, 2024

      • Effective Date: July 16, 2024, until further notice 
      • Where: Rawson Lake Trail and Basin including Sarrail Ridge 
      • Why: Multiple Grizzly Bears 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.

    Map of Affected Area
  • Bear Closure - Sparrow's Egg Lake

    Effective:  July 6, 2024

      • Effective Date: July 7, 2024, until further notice.
      • Where: Sparrow's Egg Lake
      • Why: Grizzly bear bluff charge occurred 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.

    Map of Affected Area
  • Bear Warning - Boulton Creek Campground

    Effective:  June 26, 2024

      • Effective Date: June 26, 2024, until further notice
      • Where: Boulton Creek Campground
      • Why: Black 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.

  • Construction Closure - Highwood Meadows Day Use Area

    Effective:  June 26, 2024

      • Effective Date: June 26, 2024, until further notice
      • Where: Highwood Meadows Day Use Area
      • Why: Please be advised that Alberta Parks is closing the area encompassing the new Highwood Meadows Day Use parking expansion area. To provide safety for construction workers, trail crews and the public, Parks will implement an area closure that encompasses the new parking area, Highwood Meadows Interpretive Trail and west routes such as Pocaterra Cirque, with intermittent closures at the existing Highwood Meadows parking area and Ptarmigan Cirque to accommodate some minor reconfiguration. Construction is scheduled to start at the beginning of July and may take until November 2025. The existing Highwood Meadows Day Use Area Parking Lot will have intermittent closures throughout the construction period to accommodate construction activities. Construction crews will be on site upgrading the parking lots.

        To support construction activities, Alberta Parks may have to intermittently close access to all or parts of the area for the following reasons:
        • To reduce danger to visitors as contractors work in the area moving heavy equipment, clearing vegetation, and hauling asphalt for paving.
        • There is no alternative trail access for Highwood Meadows Interpretative Trail.
        • It is more time and cost effective. The contractor needs to be able to work efficiently without keeping track of the public in the area. Alberta Parks wants to complete the project as efficiently as possible.

        Conservation Officers will enforce the area closure under the Provincial Parks Act. Please do not cross construction barriers and follow all signage.

        Visitors looking for alternatives can call the Kananaskis Information Line at 1 403-678-0760 or stop by a Kananaskis Information Centre.

  • Closure - Seasonal Trail Closures within Highwood Pass Area

    Effective:  June 15, 2024

      • Effective Date: June 15, 2024, until further notice
      • Where: All trails within the Highwood Area including but not limited to Highwood Meadows, Ptarmigan Cirque Interpretive Trail, Pocaterra Cirque, Pocaterra Ridge, Arethusa Basin.
      • Why: To reduce environmental degradation during wet/snowy conditions and protect the fragile alpine environment.

  • Construction Advisory - Canyon Day Use

    Effective:  June 3, 2024   Updated:  July 10, 2024

      • Effective Date: June 3, 2024, until further notice
      • Where: Canyon Day Use
      • Why: Intermittent lane closures and parking area closures to support work construction work in the area. Visitors might experience minor delays accessing the site while crews are working.

  • Closure - Elpoca Day Use Area and Valleyview Road

    Effective:  May 31, 2020   Updated:  July 10, 2024

      • Effective Date: Seasonal closure until further notice
      • Where: Valleyview Road from Elpoca Day Use Area to HWY 40 (South) near Little Highwood Day Use Area, including Valleyview Day Use Areas.
      • Why: Frequent bear activity in this area

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