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Thursday, 19 May 2011 14:17

Some campground and trail openings are delayed for May long-weekend

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Southern Alberta
Some campgrounds, day-use areas and trails throughout the mountain parks will open later than planned this spring due to unusually high snow packs, cold weather and damage caused by avalanches stemming from high snowfall this past winter.


According to a recent news release, Parks Canada is working to clear snow and debris and reopen destinations in time for the May long weekend, though fewer sites and services will be available and some closures can be expected.

Where possible, some alternative camp sites will be opened.

In Waterton Lakes National Park, much of the Townsite, Crandell Mountain and Belly River Campgrounds remain snow-covered and some sites may not be available on the long weekend.

Red Rock Parkway is open and the Red Rock Canyon parking is open; however, the washroom may not be available.

Akamina Parkway is open to Little Prairie picnic site, but Cameron Lake is not yet accessible by vehicle. Some picnic areas are still snowbound.

Phone 403-859-5133 or visit www.pc.gc.ca/waterton for the most up-to date information.

Other areas in Alberta:

 • Banff National Park — Tunnel Mountain Village 1 and Tunnel Mountain Trailer will be open by the long weekend. Two Jack Lakeside and Two Jack Main will be closed. Lake Louise Tent will be closed, though Lake Louise Trailer will be open. Reopening of Moraine Lake Road is delayed by deep snow cover. Phone 403-762-1550 (Banff) or 403-522-3833 (Lake Louise) or visit www.pc.gc.ca/banff for the most up-to date information.

• Kootenay National Park — With construction enhancements hampered by extreme winter weather, Redstreak Campground near Radium Hot Springs will remain closed until June 1. A limited number of sites with limited services will be available at McLeod Meadows Campground, 28 km from Radium off Highway 93 South. Many day-use areas and hiking trails are still inaccessible due to snow. Phone 250-347-9505 or visit www.pc.gc.ca/kootenay for the most up-to date information. Visit www.radiumhotsprings.com for local camping information.

• Yoho National Park — Kicking Horse Campground will be closed due to high snow pack. A limited number of sites with limited services will be available at nearby Monarch Campground. Many day-use areas and hiking trails are still inaccessible due to snow. Phone 250-343-6783 or visit www.pc.gc.ca/yoho for the most up-to date information.

For the latest information, contact a Parks Canada visitor centre before making May long-weekend plans.

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