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.
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.
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).
If you are concerned about smoke conditions, for forecasts of hourly concentrations of smoke particles in Western Canada, see Smoke Forecasts by Blue Sky.
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:
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:
Please check Moraine Lake Area Trails - Group Access for further updates and current trail conditions.
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:
Please check Banff National Park - Important Bulletins for further updates and current trail conditions.
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