Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park

Alberta Parks

Advisories

A Kananaskis Conservation Pass is required to park your vehicle in Kananaskis and the Bow Valley.
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  • Cougar Warning - Skogan Pass Trail

    Effective:  January 23, 2023

      • Effective Date: January 23, 2023, until further notice.
      • Where: Skogan Pass, Centennial Trail, Wind Ridge and surrounding areas.
      • Why: Possible encounter between hiker and cougar on Skogan Pass Trail.

    Although an advisory is in place for this area, cougars can be encountered anywhere in the Kananaskis Region and at any time. To avoid a surprise encounter with a cougar:

    • Make plenty of noise and travel in groups.
    • Be aware of your surroundings. Look and listen for cougars and their signs.
    • Keep your pet on a leash.
    • Learn more about cougar safety on our webpage or at WildSmart.

    Please report all cougar sightings immediately to 403-591-7755.

  • Cougar Warning - Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park

    Effective:  January 8, 2023

      • Effective Date: January 8, 2023, until further notice.
      • Where: Town of Canmore and Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park specifically Cougar Creek, Horseshoe Loop Trails, Montane Traverse Trail and surrounding areas. 
      • Why: Frequent sightings of a cougar in the area. 

       

    Although an advisory is in place for this area, cougars can be encountered anywhere in the Kananaskis Region and at any time. To avoid a surprise encounter with a cougar:

    • Make plenty of noise and travel in groups.
    • Be aware of your surroundings. Look and listen for cougars and their signs.
    • Keep your pet on a leash.
    • Learn more about cougar safety on our webpage or at WildSmart.

    Please report all cougar sightings immediately to 403-591-7755.

  • Mountain Pine Beetle Control

    Effective:  October 4, 2022
    Updated:  January 27, 2023

      • Effective Date: October 4, 2022, until further notice.
      • Where: Bow Valley (daily locations will vary)
      • Why: Mountain Pine Beetle control in process. Please watch for falling trees or smoke in the area.

  • Construction Closure - Lady Macdonald Trail

    Effective:  March 30, 2022
    Updated:  December 1, 2022

      • Effective Date: March 30, 2022 until further notice.
      • Where: Lady Macdonald Trail along Cougar Creek.
      • Why: Debris retention structure construction will be occurring. Closure is in place for the safety of both the workers on site and the general public, as the trail runs parallel to the construction site. The public can check for sediment retention structure updates on the Town of Canmore website. We do not have any immediate plans of opening the trail as the first part of the trail is missing currently due to the construction and we cannot assess until spring when the snow is melted.

  • Construction Closure - Cougar Creek Blasting Area

    Effective:  August 4, 2020
    Updated:  January 19, 2023

      • Effective Date: August 4, 2020 until further notice.
      • Where: 
        • Cougar Creek Canyon from the junction of Montane Trail and Lady MacDonald Trail upstream for approximately 1 km.
        • Lady MacDonald Trail is closed as of March 30, 2022.
        • Montane Trail and Horseshoe Trail are OPEN.
      • 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 direction 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.

    Affected Areas
  • Construction Advisory - Heart Creek Flood Project

    Effective:  June 10, 2020
    Updated:  January 19, 2023

      • 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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