Kananaskis Country

Alberta Parks

Advisories & Public Safety


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  • Closure - Grassi Lakes Interpretive

      October 12, 2019

      • Effective Date: October 12, 2019
      • Where: Grassi Lakes Interpretive Trail
      • Why: Please be advised that the Grassi Lakes Interpretive trail, also known as the "hard" trail is closed seasonally during this time of year due to hazardous and icy conditions. Note that the Grassi Lakes Upper Trail, or the "easy" trail remains open.

  • Bear Closure - Cougar Creek and surrounding area, from BURNCO pit area to Harvey Heights

      October 11, 2019

      • Effective Date: October 11, 2019 until further notice
      • Where: Area surrounding Cougar Creek, from BURNCO pit area to Harvey Heights. Including but not limited to the following trails: Cougar Creek, Grotto Mountain, Horseshoe Loop, Lady MacDonald, Echo Canyon, Montane Traverse, Johnny’s Trail, Meander Trail, Tidbits Quarry, Harvey Heights Ridge Traverse, Mount Charles Stewart and Outlier. See Map
      • Why:  Grizzly bear sow and cubs made contact with hiker resulting in the deployment of bear spray

    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.

    Map of Affected Area

  • Closure - Marshall Springs Pathway

      October 10, 2019

      • Effective Date: October 10, 2019 until further notice
      • Where: local pathway between the Marshall Springs storm water pond and Bridge 5 
      • Why: Localized flooding caused by beavers, resulting in pathway damage. The pathway will not be cleared of snow during the closure.

      Beavers are good for our environment

      • Beavers play an important ecological role in Alberta’s waterways and protected areas. Their dams can create ponds that provide habitat for other wildlife and help surrounding vegetation to flourish. The ponds and wetlands are very good at storing water, and can help reduce the effects of smaller floods and hold water during droughts.

      Beavers also present some challenges

      • Because conditions are so good, Calgary’s beaver population has grown in recent years. This can cause problems for our forested areas, infrastructure and property, and the beavers themselves.

      Alberta Parks’ approach to beaver management

      Alberta Parks is trying to strike a balance between health of the surrounding areas and the wellbeing of the beavers.

      When required, Alberta Parks uses different measures to protect trees and property. We may use a combination of techniques including:

      • Placing metal wiring around tree trunks.
      • Increasing the size of culverts.
      • Installing pond levellers.
      • Rerouting trails.
      • Diverting waters appropriately.

    Map of Affected Area

  • Bear Closure - Windy Point Trail

      October 8, 2019

      • Effective Date: October 8, 2019 until further notice
      • Where: Windy Point Trail to the junction with Foran Grade Trail
      • Why: Closed due to an animal carcass on trail

    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.

  • Construction Advisory - Flood Debris Removal

      October 6, 2019

      • Effective Date: October 7-October 31, 2019
      • Where: Select Locations in Fish Creek Provincial Park. 
      • Why: Contractors will be completing flood debris removal at select locations.

       

  • Construction Closure - Bebo Grove Washroom

      October 3, 2019

      • Effective Date: October 3, 2019 until the end of October.
      • Where: Bebo Grove Day Use Area Washroom
      • Why: Due to the construction activities associated with the Storm Water Pond installation.  

  • Closure - Bow River Loop

      September 26, 2019

      • Effective Date: September 26, 2019 until further notice
      • Where: Bow River Loop
      • Why: Cattle frequenting area

  • Construction Closure - Little Elbow Recreation Area

      September 23, 2019

      • Effective Date: September 26 to October 18, 2019
      • Where: Little Elbow Hiking Trailhead and Little Elbow Equestrian Trailhead
      • Why: These parking areas will be closed to accommodate construction activities. Forgetmenot Pond will remain open at this time.
         

  • Water shutdown for Elkwood and Boulton Creek Campgrounds

      September 16, 2019

      • Effective Date: September 16, 2019 until further notice
      • Where: All sites at Boulton Creek and Elkwood Campgrounds have no water. 
      • Why: Water is being shut down to prevent freezing as temperatures drop.

      The comfort stations at Boulton Creek and at A&B loop in Elkwood are still operational.  For potable water there is a tap at the Boulton comfort station and at the Canyon dump station.

  • Bow Valley Park Campground

      September 11, 2019

      • The water will be shut off to Bow Valley Park Campground as of September 30, 2019.
      • Bow Valley Dump Station will have no water available as of October 22, 2019.
      • Water will be available to the shower buildings until the campground closing date.
      • Potable water can be obtained from the frost free tap on the outside of building.
      • Showers and toilets will be available in comfort station until closing dates.

  • Bow Valley South Group Camps

      September 11, 2019

      • The water will be shut off to Bow Valley South Camps (Owl, Grouse, Grey Jay) as of September 19, 2019.

  • Bow River Campground

      September 11, 2019

      • The water will be shut off to Bow River Campground as of September 30, 2019.
      • Water will be available to the shower buildings until the campground closing date.
      • Potable water can be obtained from the frost free tap on the outside of building.
      • Showers and toilets will be available in comfort station until closing dates.

  • Willow Rock Campground

      September 11, 2019

      • Willow Rock Campground and Dump Station will have no water available as of September 19, 2019.
      • Water will be available to the shower buildings until the campground closing date.
      • Potable water can be obtained from the frost free tap on the outside of building.
      • Showers and toilets will be available in comfort station until closing dates.

  • Bear Closure - Rockwall Trail and surrounding Meadow

      September 9, 2019

      • Effective Date: September 9, 2019 until further notice.
      • Where: Rockwall Trail and the meadow located southeast of the Peter Lougheed Discovery Centre and extending 100 metres into timber around the meadow.
      • Why: Multiple bears in 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.

    Map of Affected Area

  • Closure - McLean Creek Public Land Use Zone (Silvester Creek)

      September 3, 2019

      • Effective Date: October 26th, 2018 until further notice.
      • Where: McLean Creek Public Land Use Zone, Silvester Creek Area. Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) is permanently closing four kilometers of the designated trail along Silvester Creek in the McLean Creek Off-Highway Vehicle Public Land Use Zone (PLUZ) to the public starting October 26, 2018.This closure applies to the following segments of trail:
        • The designated truck trail from marker 552 to marker 576
        • The single track trail from marker 580 to marker 584
        • The off-highway vehicle trail from marker 582 to marker 580
      • Why: Trail Reclamation Project.

      Not respecting the closure could result in a fine.The area can still be accessed from the West Fisher Road starting at marker 428 or from McLean Creek Road at marker 232.

  • Bear Warning - Bow River Campground

      September 2, 2019

      • Effective Date: September 2, 2019 until further notice.
      • Where: Bow River Campground
      • Why: Black bear in 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.

  • Bear Warning - Votiers Flats and Shannon Terrace Day Use Areas

      August 16, 2019

      • Effective Date: August 16, 2019 until further notice
      • Where: All trails and area between Votiers Flats and Shannon Terrace Day Use Areas in Fish Creek Provincial Park
      • Why: Multiple bears feeding 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.

  • Stream Changes Trail

      August 14, 2019

      • Effective Date: August 14, 2019 until further notice
      • Where: Stream Changes Trail
      • Why: Stream Changes Trail will have the yellow tactile warning pads that are used at crossing intersections removed while we search for a permanent solution.  In the interim, please use additional caution when approaching these intersections.

  • Construction Advisory - Mount Allan Substation

      August 6, 2019

      • Effective Date: August 6, 2019 until further notice
      • Where: Mount Allan Substation along Stoney Trail.
      • Why: Altalink and FortisAlberta will be conducting operations and further construction south of the substation on the right-of-way and within the boundary; approximately 1 km.

      To ensure that the public will continue to have access to areas beyond the Mount Allan 115s substation, a temporary trail will be constructed for public use along the southeast treeline. Please obey all signage, fencing and staking and stay away from the work site. Dedicated personnel will assist in monitoring and directing foot traffic when required.

       

  • Construction Advisory - Big Elbow Trail - East Bridge Washout Replacement

      July 17, 2019

      • Effective Date: July 17, 2019 until end of October
      • Where: Big Elbow Trail from the Little Elbow Day Use Area to the East Bridge washout area  
      • Why: Please be advised that there will be contractor equipment and vehicles moving on the Big Elbow Trail from the Little Elbow Day Use Area to the East Bridge washout area. Vehicle movement and construction will begin and continue periodically Wednesday, July 17th and continue to the end of October. Heavy equipment and crews will be working on or near the east bridge washout site.  Crews will be building new bridge abutments approximately 100m up river from the washout site.  Caution should be used, particularly around heavy equipment, and all posted signage must be obeyed. The existing trail at the original bridge site will remain open.

  • Closure - Valleyview Road

      April 10, 2019

      • Effective Date: April 10, 2019 until further notice
      • Where: Valleyview Road from Hwy 40 (North) to Hwy 40 (South) including Little Highwood Pass Day Use Area
      • Why: Wildlife feeding on carcass

    Map of Affected Area

  • Construction Closure - Glennfield Day Use Areas & Parking Lot

      March 1, 2019

      • Effective Date: March 2019 – October 2020
      • Where: Glennfield Day Use Areas and Parking Lot, Fish Creek Provincial Park
      • Why: Heavy equipment and crews will be on site completing upgrades to Glennfield washrooms and group shelters and the associated infrastructure.The entire day use site, including the parking lot, will not be accessible to public for the 2019 season. Detours will be in place for commuters. Caution should be used when utilizing the trails systems around Glennfield area. Posted signage and instructions from flagging staff must be obeyed. There will be limited access to the site in the 2020 season to allow for vegetation regrowth following the construction.

  • Closure - Glennfield Washrooms

      February 25, 2019

      • Effective Date: Feb 25, 2019 until further notice
      • Where: Glennfield washrooms
      • Why: Water main issue

  • Construction Closure - Bebo Grove Day Use

      July 27, 2018

      • Effective Date: July 27, 2018 until further notice.
      • Where: Bebo Grove Day Use
      • Why: Storm water infrastructure improvements by the City of Calgary in the area has required cutting power to the building. The parking area and access road are closed. Paved trail access from Shannon Terrace and Votier’s Flats and the Bebo picnic area remain open.
      • Portable toilets have been placed near the washroom building.

       

  • Construction Advisory - LaFarge Meadows Day Use

      July 27, 2018

      • Effective Date: July 27, 2018 until further notice 
      • Where: LaFarge Meadows Day Use via 194th Avenue will be closed
      • Why: 194th Avenue near Fish Creek Provincial Park is being reconstructed by West Creek Developments to City of Calgary roadway standards
      • Alternative pedestrian access is available via Chaparral Valley Drive.
      • Alternative parking and access is available at the south parking lots of Sikome Aquatic Facility via Sun Valley Boulevard or Bow Bottom Trail SE. See attached maps.

    Map of Affected Area

  • Construction Advisory - Legacy Trail Extension

      June 30, 2018

      • Effective Date: July 30, 2018 until further notice 
      • Where: Extension of the Legacy Trail from the Canmore Nordic Centre’s main parking lot to the Town of Canmore’s portion of the trail
      • Why: The Alberta Parks portion of the Legacy Trail Extension is complete and open to the public. The Town Of Canmore section is under construction and users should follow all signage and be aware of equipment and workers.

      Update: Legacy Trail CLOSED from Soft Yogurt connector at parking lot to Hwy 742 for construction. Sections of Legacy restricted at Alta Link Power Line beginning Thursday August 22, 2019 until further notice. Obey all posted signs and direction from personnel. 

  • Area encompassing Sandy McNabb Road

      June 23, 2018

      • Effective Date: June 23, 2018 until further notice
      • Where:  The area encompassing Sandy McNabb road in Sandy McNabb Day Use.
      • Why: Roadside embankment has falling rocks and debris falling across the road. 

       

  • Washed Out Bridge Material in Sheep River

      June 20, 2017

      Please be advised of washed out bridge material in the Sheep River approximately 100m downstream from the Indian Oils Day Use area. The material extends into the flow causing a strainer and other risk of getting hung up with numerous protruding pieces. Caution is advised in this area.

  • Construction Closure - Canyon Interpretive Trail

      June 15, 2017

      • Effective Date: Closed until further notice
      • Where: Pocaterra Dam on the north end of Lower Kananaskis Lake to the Canyon Interpretive Trail
      • Why: Due to flood damage and construction activities.

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