Grizzly bears prompt trail closures in Banff National Park
Vermilion Lakes area closed
Some trails are closed in parts of Banff National Park due to grizzly bear sightings.
Parks Canada announced the closures on Monday, releasing a map showing the impacted areas.
"Multiple grizzly bears are foraging, hunting elk calves and engaging in breeding activities in the area. These natural activities pose a significant risk to the public. Disturbances to them have provoked aggressive responses by the bears," Parks Canada officials said in a press release.
The areas impacted are:
- Vermilion Lakes Road and all three Vermilion lakes on the north side of the Bow River.
- Fenlands Trail and Day Use Area.
- Legacy Trail from the west end of the Vermilion Lakes Road to its connection with the Trans-Canada Highway.
- Echo Creek North of the CPR train tracks.