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Report any sightings of bears, cougars or wolves
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Bear Activity: July 26 to August 1, 2013

(Banff National Park to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the Period:  July 26 to August 1, 2013

Bear Activity Trends

Black bear activity occurred at Canmore Nordic Centre, Quarry/ Grassi Lakes, Grassi Corridor, Bow Valley Provincial Park,  There have been grizzly bear sightings in the Quarry/ Grassi Lakes area and Gap Hill this week. Maps indicating the zone locations referenced in these bear summary reports can be viewed via the link of this page to the right:

Education Tidbit

As recreational activity approaches seasonal norms, i.e. things are getting busier in the backcountry, folks should expect to encounter more bears. Some of these bears will be resident bears and others may have come into the Bow Valley from elsewhere to take advantage of available bufffaloberry. An example of this is an unknown grizzly bear frequenting the Peaks/ Quarry Lake area. These bears are not as attentive as you might think. Much of their focus is on eating berries and NOT watching for hikers and bikers descending upon them. It is up to us to be aware and give these bears a wide berth if you see them on the trail. Be particularly aware of sows with cubs in the Quarry Lake/ Canmore Nordic Centre area.

If you have comments or suggestions on these bear activity reports, they can be forwarded to

Please report all bear sightings to 403 591 7755.


Be aware of your surroundings, know how to reduce the likelihood of encounters, and be prepared should an encounter take place. Always use caution by paying attention to signs of bear activity such as scats, tracks, and digging. Make lots of noise while hiking; hike in groups when possible; carry bear spray; and obey warnings and closures.

The above summary is based upon a compilation of bear information provided by government agencies and unconfirmed sightings reported by the public over the last week. It is not intended to be used as a real time, complete record of where bears are in the valley.

Important Note:

Please do not use the comment box to report sightings of wildlife.

Report any sightings of a bear, cougar, wolf or any aggressive wildlife in Kananaskis or the Bow Valley to Kananaskis Emergency Services 403.591.7755

For current postings of Bear Warnings, Wildlife Warnings and Closures please visit the following page:
Kananaskis Country - Advisories and Public Safety

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