Alberta Parks

Bow Valley Provincial Park - LKR Redevelopment

Decision to Redevelop Lower Kananaskis River (LKR) to Barrier Lake Day Use Area in Bow Valley Provincial Park

Alberta Parks conducted a 60-day consultation from August 28 to October 27, 2017, on the redevelopment of several day use areas and a group campsite along Highway 40 between Canoe Meadows and Barrier Lake. These upgrades will address concerns regarding user conflict, ecological impacts, traffic congestion and increased accessibility to this important water-based recreation destination. This project will also provide opportunities to address the diversity of uses in this area through stakeholder engagement to ensure facilities meet user needs effectively. This plan has been created to represent the ultimate build-out of this area. Alberta Parks recognizes that given ecological sensitivities and social carrying capacity, future facility development beyond this plan is not recommended.

As a result of public consultation, Alberta Parks will proceed with the project with a few changes to the initial proposal. The following changes will be implemented over the next three years:

 Overall Project Area:

Canoe Meadows:

Kananaskis Visitor Centre:


Barrier Lake:

The following features will be constructed at the Kananaskis Visitor Centre once funds become available:

For more information on the details of the redevelopment, please see the final project plan and the Frequently Asked Questions document.


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Updated: Mar 30, 2022