Seasonal trail closure in effect
Seasonal restrictions on hiking trails near Bryant Creek in Banff National Park were put in place Wednesday (Aug. 1) in a bid to make the area safe and secure for grizzly bears feasting on calorie-rich buffalo berries.
Entry and travel is prohibited in Upper Bryant Creek Valley, including Allenby Pass trail from Allenby Pass to its junction with Bryant Creek Trail, and Og Pass trail from the park boundary to the junction with Allenby Pass trail.
A special permit is required for hikers and horse groups wanting to travel between Brewster Creek and Bryant Creek over Allenby Pass, but hikers must be in groups of four or more and horse riders must be in groups of two or more.
Parks Canada officials say the restriction is in place to increase public safety, noting hikers have surprised bears in the area in late summer and, in some instances, been seriously injured.
“It’s a prime berry area and it’s a critical time of year for bears,” said Steve Michel, human-wildlife conflict specialist for Banff National Park.
B7 campground is outside the restricted area and remains open. In addition, hikers will be able to travel to and from Assiniboine Lodge during restricted access via the lower trail to Assiniboine Pass or Wonder Pass.
Restricted access remains in place until Sept. 30.
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