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The Verdant Creek wildfire has prompted some trail closures in Banff and Kootenay National parks and all of Mt. Assiniboine Provincial Park


Banff National Park - Group access restrictions may be in place in the Moraine and Paradise Valley areas


Banff National Park - Minnewanka Trails seasonal restrictions start July 10





#Banff, Kootenay and Mt. Assiniboine parks - Wildfire causes trail closures
Last updated: Aug. 8, 2017

Trails and areas closed include:

Banff National Park: Sunshine Meadows, Simpson Pass, Citadel Pass, Healy Creek and Healy Pass, Egypt Lake, Whistling Pass, Pharaoh Creek, Fatigue Creek and Fatigue Pass, Brewster Creek, and Ball Pass.
These trail closures also affect the operation of Sunshine Gondola and the shuttle bus service from the Sunshine lower parking lot to Sunshine Village.
Please see Important Bulletins - Banff National Park and Trail Condition Report - Banff National Park for further information and updates.

Also see Verdant Creek Wildfire for timely updates on closures due to the fire.

Kootenay National Park: Floe Lake, the Rockwall Trail south of Tumbling Pass, Honeymoon Pass - Verdant Creek, and Simpson River - Ferro Pass.
Highway 93S through Kootenay National Park (between Radium Hot Springs and Castle Mountain Junction) has also been closed periodically due to smoke and fire suppression activities.
Please see Important Bulletins - Kootenay National Park and Trail Condition Report - Kootenay National Park for further information and updates.


Mt. Assiniboine Provincial Park: At present, all of Mt. Assiniboine Provincial Park is closed, as are the access trails, including Bryant Creek-Assiniboine Pass Trail (at the Mt. Assiniboine park boundary) and Wonder Pass (at the Mt. Assiniboine park boundary).
Please see Mt. Assiniboine Provincial Park - B.C. Parks for further updates.


For more information on all of the above, please see Brian Patton's Canadian Rockies Trail Guide blog.

If you are concerned about smoke conditions, for forecasts of hourly concentrations of smoke particles in Western Canada, see Smoke Forecasts by Blue Sky.



Banff National Park - Group access restrictions may be in place in the Moraine and Paradise Valley areas
Last updated: July 5, 2017

Before you set out to hike in the Moraine Lake or Paradise Valley areas in Lake Louise, be sure to check whether group hiking restrictions are in effect (usually mid-July through mid-October) due to bear activity. Group restrictions mean that you must travel in a tight group of four or more people. A tight group means that two individuals must must be no further than 3 metres (10 feet) apart when hiking in these areas.

Horse users must travel in a close group of two or more on horse/hiking trails, which means that two individuals must be no further than 4 metres (13 feet) apart.

This helps prevent bear-human encounters and increases safety for both people and bears.

Trails under Group Access include:

  • Consolation Lakes
  • Larch Valley
  • Sentinel Pass
  • Eiffel Lake
  • Wenkchemna Pass
  • Sheol and Paradise Valleys

Please note that the Moraine Highline, Moraine Lakeshore and Rockpile trails are NOT under Group Access.

Approaches and descents for climbs immediately adjacent to the Rockpile and Lakeshore trails NOT under Group Access include:

  • access to the Tower of Babel via the Rockpile Trail
  • access to the Neil Colgan hut and surrounding peaks via the Lakeshore Trail and connector trail to the Perrren or Siesser route plus other peaks further west via the Wenkchemna Moraine/Glacier.

Please check Moraine Lake Area Trails - Group Access for further updates and current trail conditions.




Banff National Park - Minnewanka trails and Aylmer Pass seasonal restrictions start July 10
Last updated: July 9, 2017

A seasonal trail restriction is in effect from July 10 to Sept. 15, 2017 on all trails east of Stewart Canyon to the East Park boundary at Devil's Gap. This includes Lake Minnewanka Shoreline Trail, Aylmer Pass Trail and Aylmer Lookout Trail. The restriction is designed to ensure visitor safety and reduce disturbances to female grizzly bears and cubs during the important feeding season.

During this restriction:

  • Cycling is not permitted along the Minnewanka Shoreline Trail.
  • Hikers must travel in tight groups of four or more and carry bear spray at all times.
  • Dogs are not permitted beyond the Stewart Canyon Bridge.
  • Lm8 backcountry campground is closed.
  • Please check Banff National Park - Important Bulletins for further updates and current trail conditions.


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