Kananaskis Country

Alberta Parks

Advisory

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  • Kananaskis Region Parking Control

      August 1, 2020

      Effective Date: August 1st – September 8th, 2020 (during weekends when required).

      Where: Barrier Dam Day Use, Grassi Lakes Day Use, Grotto Mountain Day Use and Yamnuska Day Use.

      Why:

        • Our most popular parks and sites are experiencing high visitor volumes, resulting in crowding of facilities, full parking lots, and an increase in safety issues.
        • It’s critical that emergency vehicles like fire response, medical aid and search and rescue have access to these areas – so don’t block the road with your vehicle.  
        • Under the Traffic Safety Act, depending on the infraction, tickets will be issued; Enforcement is trying to ensure the safety of the public and staff, which can be jeopardized by illegal parking.

       

      Parking lots at Barrier Dam and Grassi Lakes Day Use will be managed by traffic control staff to ensure emergency vehicles have access. Please do not park on the highway or roadway shoulders when parking lots become full. If the designated parking lots are full, plan to visit another area.

      Grotto Mountain Day Use Area and Yamnuska Day Use Area will be controlled to ensure emergency vehicles have access. Please do not park outside of designated parking lots in these areas or on the highway or roadway shoulders; this creates a dangerous situation and impedes access by emergency vehicles.

  • Kananaskis Region Parking and Visitation Advisory

      July 31, 2020

      Effective Date: July 31st – September 8th, 2020.

      Where: The entire Kananaskis Region.

      Why: 

        • Our most popular parks and sites are experiencing high visitor volumes, resulting in crowding of facilities, full parking lots, and an increase in safety issues.
        • It’s critical that emergency vehicles like fire response, medical aid and search and rescue have access to these areas – so don’t block the road with your vehicle.
        • When the parking lot is full, the site is at capacity. Please visit elsewhere or come back another day.

       

      Parking in most areas of the Kananaskis region is in very high demand - especially on weekends; plan ahead, arrive early and ensure you have back-up areas/locations to visit if it is too crowded.

  • Bear Warning - Troll Falls Trail

      July 26, 2020

      • Effective Date: July 26, 2020 until further notice
      • Where: Troll Falls and a portion of the Stoney Trail
      • Why: Black 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.

  • Bear Warning - Bow Valley Provincial Park

      July 25, 2020

      Effective Date: July 25, 2020

      Where: Bow Valley Campground, Middle lake, Many Springs, Whitefish Day Use and all surrounding trails

      Why: Multiple sightings of black bears and cubs in Bow Valley Provincial Park

    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 - Shannon Terrace Day Use

      July 21, 2020

      • Effective Date: July 21st
      • Where: Shannon Terrace Day Use Area - Fish Creek
      • Why: Fence Construction

      There will be fence construction taking place in and around the Shannon Terrace Day Use Area of Fish Creek Provincial Park beginning Tuesday, July 21st. Visitors are asked to obey all construction signs and construction barricades along the paved road and trails.

      EXTRA CAUTION must be taken when accessing Shannon Terrace along the access road as fence construction is taken place along the length of this road.

    Affected Areas
      Fish Creek Park - Shannon Terrace Day Use Area
  • Bear Warning - Burstall Pass

      July 19, 2020

      Effective Date: July 18, 2020

      Where: Burstall Pass Trail

      Why: Bears feeding 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.

    Affected Areas
  • Closure - Kananaskis Visitor Information Centre at Barrier Lake

      March 16, 2020

      • Effective Date: March 16, 2020 until further notice 
      • Where: Kananaskis Visitor Information Centre at Barrier Lake 
      • Why: To minimize the risk and spread of #COVID19, Alberta Parks is implementing temporary facility access restrictions and closures under Alberta Health Services mass gathering guidelines. Alberta Parks has closed all recreational facilities and cancelled all events and programs until further notice. 

  • Mountain Pine Beetle Survey and Control Program

      November 25, 2019

      • Effective Date: November 28, 2019 until March 31, 2020
      • Where: Kananaskis area around Barrier Lake and in Bow Valley Provincial Park. 
      • Why: Please be advised that the Calgary Forest Area’s Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) survey and control program for the 2019-20 season will be active as of 8:00AM Thursday, November 28th until March 31, 2020.  This means that you will see MPB crews working in the Kananaskis area around Barrier Lake and in Bow Valley Provincial Park. We also have MPB sites in the Crowsnest Pass, the Exshaw Valley and around Canmore. If you are out in these areas, you may see our MPB signage, contractors trucks, quads and snowmobiles. Most notably, you will see smoke in the air from tree burning that control crews will be doing.
      • The intent of this program is to control the spread of Mountain Pine Beetle in Alberta. Crews will use chainsaws to cut, pile and burn infested trees on site in order to kill the beetles. We are committed to working together safely and effectively in order to minimize negative effects to park goers and also minimize the threat of significant Mountain Pine Beetle tree mortality in southern Alberta. Early detection and rapid response is key to success, we strive to identify the outbreak quickly and control aggressively. If the beetles are allowed to multiply unchecked, they are prone to population explosions. In recent years, the MPB has experienced favorable weather and habitat conditions which helps facilitate their rapid population growth in many areas of the province. If the MPB population reaches epidemic levels, they become extremely difficult and expensive to control. This scenario causes substantial tree mortality which can have negative social, economic and environmental impacts.

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