Alberta Parks Flood Recovery Updates

2015 Updates

Since the severe flooding in Southern Alberta in June 2013, Alberta Parks has been engaged in a wide-ranging recovery project, repairing and mitigating flood damage in the Kananaskis and South Regions. The Government of Alberta has invested $81 million in this project, which will be underway through early 2017. Most of the flood recovery work is focused on damaged areas in Kananaskis Country, Fish Creek Provincial Park, Wyndham-Carseland Provincial Park, and Oldman Dam Provincial Recreation Area, with additional Parks projects in southwestern Alberta.

Find updates here on site-specific projects, including ongoing and completed work in campgrounds, frontcountry and backcountry trails, and day use and staging areas.

Recovery Projects in Alberta Parks Following the June 2013 Floods

Government of Alberta Investment in Flood Recovery in Alberta Parks:

Men installing boards on Link Trail Bridge
  • Kananaskis Country – $60 million
  • Fish Creek Provincial Park – $16 million
  • Other areas – $5 million
    • Includes projects in Wyndham Carseland Provincial Park, Oldman Dam Provincial Recreation Area, and Chain Lakes Provincial Park

For additional information, see the news release:

Timeline of Recovery Projects

After June 2013:

  • More than 400 individual facility and infrastructure recovery projects identified throughout the region.
  • More than 160km of trails, including bridges and benches, identified for cleanup and rebuilding or rerouting.

By December 2013:

  • 84% of frontcountry campgrounds reopened in Kananaskis Country.
  • Access to 50% of backcountry campgrounds restored.
  • 73% of day use areas in Kananaskis Country open, including parking lots and recreational staging areas.
  • 87% of Kananaskis trails open.
  • Trail system at the Canmore Nordic Centre open for winter operations.
  • Peter Lougheed Visitor Information Centre repaired and reopened for 2013/14 ski season.
  • 95% of damaged areas in the South Region reopened at 12 Alberta Parks sites.

By June 2014:

  • Only 2% of frontcountry campsites unavailable for the start of the 2014 camping season. Camping closures are identified on ReserveAlberta.Parks.ca and AlbertaParks.ca.
  • 12 additional trail crew hired for the 2014 season, for flood repair throughout Kananaskis Region.

By December 2014:

  • 13 trail recovery projects completed by Alberta Parks seasonal trail crew.
  • 21 trail bridges repaired or replaced.
  • 2,107 flood recovery volunteer hours recorded by 160 individual volunteers.
  • 35 volunteer trail days completed during the 2014 trail care season.

By July 2015:

  • Wyndham-Carseland Provincial Park completely repaired and re-opened to the public.

 

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Updated: Aug 28, 2015