Overview

The June 2013 flood has affected backcountry users in a variety of ways. Restoring the trail systems in these areas serves not only to maintain recreational opportunities in Alberta's backyard; it provides critical support to the economic, environmental and social benefits that were compromised by the flood. Providing Albertans with an opportunity to return to a sense of normalcy and providing wilderness opportunities for all is an important part of that recovery.

Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) is leading an $11.5 million program to restore and repair backcountry trail systems on public lands commencing 2014 and to be completed by March 2019. The program aims to restore priority trails and trails systems along the eastern slopes for both motorized and non-motorized recreational users.

The program is in its final season of construction. A report outlining the results of the program will be compiled over the winter and will be available by April 2019.

Temporary Trail Closures Due to Construction

Trail construction is nearing completion for the Backcountry Trail Flood Rehabilitation Program, but trail construction is still underway on Public Lands. For all Public Land closures not related to Backcountry Trail Flood Rehabilitation projects, please see:

Information on designated trails within Public Land Use Zones can be found at:

Completed Projects

In response to the damage caused by the 2013 flood, Environment and Parks (AEP) is leading the restoration and reconstruction of priority backcountry trails on public lands. This work aims to restore damaged trails, while simultaneously making them sustainable for the future. Below is a list of projects which have been completed under AEP's Backcountry Trail Flood Rehabilitation Program. This list will continue to be updated as projects are completed.

For more information on Public Land Use Zones (PLUZs), see:

Central Program Area

Cataract Creek Snow Vehicle PLUZ

Ghost PLUZ

Kananaskis Country

McLean Creek PLUZ

North Program Area – Bighorn Backcountry

Blackstone/Wapiabi PLUZ

Job/Cline PLUZ

Kiska/Wilson PLUZ

Upper Clearwater/Ram PLUZ

South Program Area

Allison/Chinook PLUZ

Castle PLUZ

Crowsnest Pass

Livingstone