Access Updates

Potential access issues in Banff National Park
As many of you are aware, for the second year in a row this past summer, Parks Canada closed a stretch of the 1a to vehicular traffic for cycling. Parks is now soliciting feedback to make the closure permanent. There are a number of climbing areas that are impacted including Johnston Canyon and Guides Rock.

For full details on the Parks Canada proposal, check here. (

Feedback can be sent to

Please note the minor changes to the parking for access to Echo Canyon. Everyone who is familiar with the situation knows how we as a community have been working with the BVRA and how bad its been the past couple years. Our diligence with parking will be appreciated!As we get into the busy season for trail users we wanted to let everyone know that parking is limited on Indian Flats road. This road is an access road for the BVRA and the Alpine Club. In the past few years the road has become a popular parking spot but this causes safety and access issues. We have installed signage this year. Please respect the signage and park elsewhere if the permitted parking is full.
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Parking Considerations for Jura Creek (Drive In)Please note the second phase of the Jura Creek flood mitigation project is in progress. and travel through the active construction site is not recommended. During the current phase of construction, the entire channel from Jura Canyon to Highway 1A is being armored with large rock. This construction work makes travel through the area impossible without going through the most active area. Long term access to the Drive In depends on our communities having good relations with MD Bighorn and AEP, and climbers’ cooperation with the bigger construction projects goes a long way with both of these agencies.Instead of driving through the access site, we are strongly encouraging climbers going to the Drive In to use the Prospector bike trail parking at the Exshaw Legion. From there, start by taking Heart Mountain Drive east to the berm at the end of the road. Follow the trail on the berm to the traverse trail under the hydro line. Take the trail east around the base of Exshaw Mountain skirting north of the active construction to the base of the crag.Its a bit of walk, but it’ll make for a better day, and less hassle for everyone. And well there’s a staging area at a Legion, that has a certain appeal at the end of the day.
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