Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is a wondrous place for winter exploration! Snowy landscapes and colder temperatures just mean you must dress and act accordingly.
Please be cautious as you travel the pathways. Sections may be snow and ice-covered.
- Dress in layers and wear wicking materials. Layers provide pockets of insulating air to keep you warm. Wicking materials (such as wool or CoolMax materials) keep moisture away from your skin. The drier you are, the warmer you'll be.
- Remember hats, gloves, and scarf.
- Boots with good grips will help you avoid slipping.
Some areas of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park remain closed to public access. Please obey all posted signs.
- To protect natural and cultural features, some areas of the park are closed to the public by Ministerial Order.
- Researchers and volunteers may enter these closure areas at times to conduct studies or otherwise care for these zones.
- If you see someone in a Ministerial Order closure area, please advise a Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park representative
- Seasonal closures of some sections of trail will occur. Winter ice jams, spring calving season and summer construction schedules can all result in pathway closures.
- A large section of the Narrows pathway will be closed during winter. Large ice jams make this pathway impassable.
- Seasonal pathway closures will occur during spring calving season when cows are having their young. New mothers are very protective of their calves and will become aggressive if approached.
- Cycling is not permitted on Yodel Loop or Badger Bowl pathways.
- Bike racks are provided at the ends of these loop pathways. Park and lock your bike and explore these areas by foot.
- These areas are closed to bike traffic because of steep terrain and sensitive grassland habitats.
- Stay on the pathway near Glenbow Village.
- The only evidence remaining of the townsite are slight depressions from sunken cellars and some remnants of foundations.
- This is a highly sensitive area that requires more archaeological survey. Stay on designated pathways. Do not disturb the area.
- Areas of native fescue grassland still thrive throughout the park. They benefit from late fall and winter grazing by cattle. Stay on the trail when walking through areas of native fescue grasses. Do not pick any grasses or wildflowers.
Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park continues to be a working ranch. During your visit, you will likely see cattle, horses, and ranching equipment. For your safety and that of the cattle and wildlife in the park, please:
- Stay on designated pathways.
- Obey all posted signs.
- Do not cross fences or closure gates.
- Do not enter closure areas.
- Do not approach cattle.
- Keep your dog on 2-metre long leash so it is close to you and under control.
There are considerable safety hazards for dogs off-leash in Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Conflicts with cattle can happen quickly. By law, dogs must remain on a leash and under control while in the park. It is important to remain on designated pathways. Do not cross fences or closed gates.