Bow Valley Provincial Park

Alberta Parks


COVID-19 Updates: Taking steps to return to normal.

  • Closure - Heart Creek Washrooms

    Effective:  June 27, 2022

      • Effective Date: June 27, 2022 until further notice
      • Where: Heart Creek Washrooms
      • Why: Two washrooms are closed for maintenance.

  • Kananaskis Country Backcountry Avalanche Hazard

    Effective:  June 23, 2022

      • Effective Date: June 23, 2022 until further notice
      • Where: Backcountry areas in Kananaskis Country
      • Why: Snowpack melt in Kananaskis is approximately four weeks behind typical melt this year. It may be summer, but snowy trail conditions and avalanches continue to be present. Many of the backcountry locations accessed from this trailhead cross and/or travel through avalanche terrain.

      If you are travelling on these trails:

      • Expect difficult conditions and more snow on trails than usual. Proper footwear and equipment are essential.
      • Check trail conditions ahead of time.
      • Snow can make even easy to moderate trails difficult. Know your limits and hike within them.
      • Your group should have the skills, knowledge and training to travel in avalanche terrain.
      • You should carry an emergency communications device and be aware that cellular service not available in this area.
      • Leave the details of your plan with a responsible person.

      Attention hikers with backcountry campground reservations:

      • You must camp on designated tent pads. Consider bringing a snow shovel.

  • Heart Creek Trail

    Effective:  June 23, 2022

      • Effective Date: June 23, 2022 until further notice.
      • Where: Heart Creek Trail.
      • Why: Heart Creek Interpretive trail sustained damage during the recent heavy rainfall and high water event. Users may need to navigate a short section of shallow water, may encounter crews on the trail conducting repairs, and will cross some bridges without handrails.

  • Bear Warning - YMCA Camp Chief Hector

    Effective:  May 29, 2022

      • Effective Date: May 29, 2022 until further notice
      • Where: YMCA Camp Chief Hector - Bow Valley Provincial Park
      • Why: A female black bear with a young cub has been observed multiple times 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.

Safety Links

Provincial Sources for Advisories