Rain, snow in K-Country prompts rescue of school campers

A group of wet and cold school kids and their adult supervisors from Edmonton had to be rescued from Kananaskis Country on Wednesday night.

Junior high group from Edmonton was not well enough prepared for bad weather, park official says

A group of campers from an Edmonton junior high school called for help after bad weather hit their campsite west of Calgary in K-Country. (Government of Alberta)

A group of wet and cold school kids and their adult supervisors from Edmonton had to be rescued from Kananaskis Country on Wednesday night.

Provincial park wardens were called at about 6 p.m. from the Big Elbow campground.

Public safety specialist Mike Koppang said driving rain and snow raised concerns about hypothermia for the junior high students.

"I think they could have certainly been maybe a bit better prepared … or just even using the weather forecasts. They were kind of ready for what they were going for, but it was a little more intense than … what they thought," he said.

"It’s an old saying, ‘Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.’ So you want to be prepped at this time of the year because you can get snow, you can get rain."

Alberta Parks officials, paramedics, forestry officials, Alberta Fish and Wildlife and the Redwood Meadows fire department were all involved in getting the group out of the backcountry.

The campers spent the night at a hotel in Cochrane. There were no injuries.