Southern Alberta flood recovery: Alberta’s backyard is now open for visitors

Photo of a canoe on a lake

Clean-up after the flooding in southern Alberta has required weeks of hard work from our dedicated staff and volunteers, and patience from thousands of Albertans who are understandably eager to hit the trails once again.

And we’ve got some good news in anticipation of this long weekend: many of the closures and advisories issued after the flooding have now been lifted. Some are still in effect, though – so make sure you check the conditions for your destination before you head out. You can always find up-to-date land and trail closure info here.

What’s open:

  • The Gleniffer and Oldman River Dam reservoirs have now re-opened to boating traffic – but clean-up is ongoing and visitors should still be cautious of debris.
  • Almost all roads that were closed in the Clearwater area are now open – and the area’s trails and campgrounds are open too. Just keep in mind that some trails and areas might be wet and/or damaged – travel with caution and care this long weekend.

What’s closed: larch-trees-mountain-vertical

  • The Exshaw Creek/Pass trail is still recovering from flooding and the closure for that area has been extended. There is still a significant risk of falling rocks and boulders– stay safe and find other places to explore this long weekend.
  • An advisory is still in place for the Rocky Mountain Forest Reserve, which includes the Livingston Porcupine Area and several Public Land Use Zones. If you’re not sure if your destination is in this zone, check.
  • For complete information about current closures in Alberta’s parks, click here.

Know before you go

  • No matter where you’re heading this weekend – even if it’s to an area that didn’t experience any flooding at all – take steps to make sure your activities are responsible, sustainable, and safe. You can find general info to help plan your weekend here – and don’t forget these tips:
    • Gathering around a campfire? Check current fire bans and help prevent wildfires – make sure you know how to put it out.

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