Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park

Alberta Parks


A Kananaskis Conservation Pass is required to park your vehicle in Kananaskis and the Bow Valley.
  • Construction Closure - Grassi Lakes Trails & Day Use

    Effective:  May 21, 2024

      • Effective Date: VARIOUS - May 21 to July 31, or until further notice
      • Where: Grassi Lakes Trails & Day Use Area.
      • Why: The Grassi Lakes trails will be undergoing construction for trail drainage work to mitigate erosion problems. Work includes re-establishing drainage ditches, up-sizing of culverts and repair work to the trail surface. 

        We recognize the construction and associated closures are inconvenient; however, they are necessary.

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

        Short-Term Closure

        • June 3 – June 6, 2024
        • Grassi Lakes parking lots, including the main lot and overflow lot, will both be closed during these dates.
        • There will be no access to the Upper Grassi Lakes Trail or Grassi Lakes Interpretive Trail.

        Temporary Intermittent Trail Closures to Accommodate Construction

        • May 21 – June 2, 2024
        • June 7 – July 31, 2024
        • Detours and closures will be ongoing during this project. Access to the lakes will still be available via one of the two trails.
        • Note that during construction, only the Grassi Lakes Interpretive Trail may be open for use. The Grassi Lakes Interpretive Trail contains steep sections and stairs. Users will be required to navigate these steep stairs and sections both up and down the trail.
        • Please obey all signs, closures and detours.

  • Construction Closure - Lady Macdonald and Cougar Creek Canyon Blasting Closure

    Effective:  September 11, 2023   Updated:  April 17, 2024

          • Effective Date: September 11, 2023, until further notice
          • Where: 
            • Cougar Creek canyon from the junction of Montane Traverse Trail and Lady Macdonald Trail upstream for approximately 1 km.
            • Access to the Lady Macdonald Trail will be closed as of 6 am on Monday, September 11 to facilitate safe blasting work. The trail will remain closed until work is completed.
            • Montane Traverse Trail and Horseshoe Trail are not affected by this closure.
          • Why: There will be construction and BLASTING activities to support the Town of Canmore Cougar Creek Sediment Retention Structure Project. To ensure visitor safety around the construction site, Alberta Parks is closing the access to Cougar Creek canyon for all recreational uses.

      Please follow directions on construction signage and fencing. 

      Visitors looking for alternatives to Cougar Creek canyon may consider Heart Creek, Grotto Canyon or hire a guide that can safely show you other options.

  • Construction Advisory - Heart Creek Flood Project

    Effective:  June 10, 2020   Updated:  April 17, 2024

      • Effective Date: June 10, 2020, until further notice
      • Where: Heart Creek drainage, including informal parking for Heart Creek hikes in the Highway 1 ditch.
      • Why: Be advised that the Municipal District of Bighorn has begun construction of a flood mitigation project on Heart Creek upstream of Highway 1.

      The informal parking in the Highway 1 ditch for access to Heart Creek is not available at this time. Recreational users accessing Heart Creek, Heart Mountain and the Quaite Valley connector trail must park in the Heart Creek Day Use Area.


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