Parks Canada closes several facilities due to high water levels

High water levels continue to be observed in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks, and several of their facilities have been closed

Extremely high water levels continue to be observed in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks.  This is a unique situation and visitors are urged to take precautions while enjoying their visit to the park. Visitors and residents are advised to stay back from rivers and low lying areas; river banks are unstable, some footbridges have collapsed and fast moving waters are carrying debris such as stumps and trees. Please respect all localized closures.

Public safety is our top priority; Parks Canada staff are proactively working to resolve any potential debris flow issues and are standing by to respond to any new situations that may occur over the next several days.

The majority of Parks Canada facilities continue to remain open. As a precautionary measure, Parks Canada has temporarily closed the following:


Banff National Park

·        Fenland trails and Baker Creek day use area. Johnston Canyon trail has reopened.

·        In Lake Louise, footbridges and some foot paths along the Bow and Pipestone Rivers.

·        The Lake Louise Campground will be closed for the weekend; however Tunnel Mountain Campground is an excellent alternative.  A small section of Mosquito Creek Campground is closed.


Yoho National Park,

·        Chancellor Peak Campground and Finn Creek day use area; Monarch Campground is also not open for the season.

·        The back road from the community of Field and the Kicking Horse trail

·        The Wapta Lake footbridge


In Kootenay National Park

·        The Stanley Glacier, Dog Lake, and Paint Pots to Marble Canyon trails – New!

·        Marble Canyon Campground is not yet open for the season

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