Day-use area upgrades make parking difficult for trail users

The upgrading of a number of day-use area in Kananaskis Country by Alberta Parks will make parking difficult for trail users for the next month. Here is an overview of the construction projects that are under way and their anticipated completion dates.

Grotto Day Use Area in Bow Valley Provincial park
The day-use area will have improved parking, resurfaced asphalt and a new washroom. The existing trail around portions of the pond will be upgraded as well as signage, picnic table, and benches. The project should be completed this June.

Cobble Flats, Forgetmenot Pond and Little Elbow Trailhead in the Elbow Valley
Alberta Parks is finishing off 2013 flood projects in the Elbow Valley and expects to have them open to the public July 1.

  • Cobble Flats has additional picnic sites and a new picnic shelter. The access road and some picnic site trails are now paved. 
  • Forgetmenot Pond entry/exit has been reconfigured to improve traffic flow. The site has additional parking, picnic sites and a paved pathway. 
  • Little Elbow Trailhead parking is expanded with separate equestrian and hiker parking lots.

Other construction projects
In addition to day-use area upgrades two other projects will affect trail users: Ha Ling trail realignment and the closure of Tombstone backcountry campground, neither of which have firm completion dates. Check Alberta parks trail reports before heading out.

2 comments… add one
  • Tony Daffern Apr 22, 2019, 8:45 am

    The campground is being re-built with a separate area for equestrians. No more horse manure in the tent sites. It’s quite a popular campground.

  • highcountrybackpacker Apr 21, 2019, 8:05 pm

    What was Alberta Parks reason for the Tombstone b/c campground closure? Lack of interest or in need of repair? I thought it was in fine condition every time I went past it.

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