On Thursday, June 20, 2013, a major rainfall event led to major floods that affected Banff National Park, the town of Canmore, the city of Calgary, and much of southern Alberta. Although almost everything is back to normal, there are still a few flood-related changes which may impact Alberta travellers.

Road Closures

The most reliable and up-to-date source of information is the Province of Alberta's website, 511.alberta.ca. In Alberta, you can also dial 511 on your phone for road information. Closed roads are shown in red. Smaller closures may be indicated by the exclamation mark (!) icon.

The most notable road closure is Hwy 40 (Kananaskis Country), south of Peter Lougheed Provincial Park and the Kananaskis Lakes. 

Local Authorities - Towns & Cities

The states of emergency that were imposed on the flooded areas were all lifted as of July 15, 2013.  The municipal authorities in most of the affected towns have websites with current information on flood-related closures in their area.

Town of Banff

Town of Canmore

City of Calgary - The main remaining impact on Calgary (as of Jan 2014) is the closure of certain parks, and portions of public parks, due to flood damage. Some of the city's popular riverside cycling trails also had to be closed due to flood damage. Check the city's website for details. 

Town of High River

Local Authorities - Parks in the Canadian Rockies

Parks Canada has official websites and official Facebook pages for each national park. Often, the Facebook page is the best place to go for current info.The main impact on parks visitors will be the closure of some hiking trails due to flood damage. Check the websites below for details:

Banff National Park

Summary of flood-related information for visitors

Important bulletins for Banff National Park

Official online trail report for Banff National Park

Official Banff NP Facebook page

Jasper National Park

Important bulletins for Jasper National Park

Official online trail report for Jasper National Park

Official Jasper NP Facebook page 

Kananaskis Country (includes all K-Country Provincial Parks and Provincial Recreation Areas)

Note that the Kananaskis Country Golf Course was heavily damaged during the flooding and it is not yet known if it will ever reopen (as of Jan 2014).

Kootenay National Park

Important bulletins for Kootenay National Park

Official online trail report for Kootenay National Park

Official Kootenay NP Facebook page

Waterton Lakes National Park

Important bulletins for Waterton Lakes National Park 

Official Waterton Lakes NP Facebook page

Yoho National Park

Important bulletins for Yoho National Park  

Official online trail report for Yoho National Park

Official Yoho NP Facebook page