Banff National Park
RESTRICTED ACTIVITY - Tunnel Mountain
Issued: January 23, 2023
Ends: March 31, 2023
WHAT: Pursuant to Section 36(1) of the National Parks General Regulations, of the Canada National Parks Act, the following area is closed to all traffic and travel by order of the Superintendent.
WHERE: This closure extends just east of the Town of Banff, and includes the area around Tunnel Mountain and east of Tunnel Mountain to the Hoodoo Trailhead. Several official trails within the closure will REMAIN OPEN to public use. These include: Tunnel Mountain Summit Trail, Tunnel Mountain Road, Surprise Corner to Hoodoos, Tunnel Hotels to Bow River Hoodoos Trail, and the trail parallel to Tunnel Mountain Road (indicated in green on the attached map). All trails not listed above are closed (e.g. Star Wars, Return of the Jedi, Top Notch). See attached map for details.
WHY: Tunnel Mountain and surrounding areas are important winter habitat for cougars, wolves and coyotes and winter range for ungulates. This closure is intended to increase public safety while providing secure habitat for carnivores using the area during the winter months. Giving wildlife the space they need to successfully find food contributes to healthy carnivore populations and reduces human-wildlife conflict potential.
PENALTY: Violators may be charged under the Canada National Parks Act: maximum penalty $25 000.
Start date: 3-Jan-23
End date: 31-Mar-23
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