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Old 06-21-13, 03:23 AM
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Icefield Parkway, Golden Triangle, Cowboy Trail area

If you're considering riding the Icefield Parkway, Golden Triangle, Cowboy Trail and surrounding areas in the near future ... you might want to reconsider for the next few days.

I'm getting word from friends in the area that there's a lot of flooding going on and roads are closed.



https://environment.alberta.ca/index.html

https://www.calgaryherald.com/index.html

https://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Fl...995/story.html

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My plans call for me to be in Canmore in about 4 weeks. I'm hoping all is well by them.

It sounds horrible.
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Well, keep an eye on the situation ... it sounds like some roads and bridges might be washed out, so routes might have to be changed. At the moment there's a State of Emergency in Canmore and surrounding area.

But it's a gorgeous area to live and tour. I've lived in Alberta for about 23 years and have always enjoyed the mountains.
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I guess they go to school year round since shool was closed for the day.
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I was supposed to leave Saturday for a week long vacation in Canmore.
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Yeah about this. I considered going there this year, flooded. Considered Austria, flooded. Anyone want to tour with me this year?
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Originally Posted by TulsaJohn
I guess they go to school year round since shool was closed for the day.
It's mid-June.

School in Canada goes from the end of August right to the end of June.

So yes, students would still be in school ... probably getting ready for end-of-year exams.

And normally, this would be a good time of year to spend a week in a touristy area like Canmore, Banff, etc. because the kids are still in school. Come July 1 (Canada Day) that whole area is BUSY!

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Whenever I bike by kids outside Canadian schools in June, I tell them to complain to their teachers that kids in the U.S. get out in late May or early June. Most have never heard of this and are furious. I'm sure the teachers love me.
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Hostelling International has just posted this ...

"Please note that due to heavy rains and flooding in Alberta, our hostels in Calgary, Kananaskis, Mosquito Creek and Rampart Creek are currently closed."


No doubt many of the campgrounds are closed as well.

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It appears that Hwy 1 (TransCanada) at Canmore has been washed out. Looking for more info. If you're planning to fly into Calgary and then make your way to Canmore, you might not be able to do it on the TransCanada. There is a back way, but I'm not sure what kind of condition it would be in. The last time I cycled it, it was pretty rough, and that was in good conditions!!


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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgar...ures-list.html
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgar...s-calgary.html


Both the main route between Calgary and Banff (Hwy 1 - TransCanada) and the back way (Hwy 1A) are closed, and from what I understand, it could be a long time before Hwy 1 is reopened.
https://www.amaroadreports.ca/conditions
https://www.amaroadreports.ca/

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Calgary website: https://www.calgarycitynews.com/

Banff National Park site: https://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/banff/index.aspx

Banff town website: https://www.banff.ca/AlertCenter.aspx

Canmore town website: https://www.canmore.ca/

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From the Banff National Park Facebook page where they are posting updates quite frequently.


"Hwy 1 at Carrot Creek (Banff East Gate). Given the damage & persistent rain, there is no estimated time of reopening."
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Originally Posted by Rocky Ford
I was supposed to leave Saturday for a week long vacation in Canmore.
The latest update about Hwy 1 (TransCanada) ...

From the Banff National Park site ...
"Until a full assessment of the impact of flood waters on the Carrot Creek bridges is complete, we are unable to provide an estimated date or time for reopening Highway #1. While we understand the inconvenience this poses, safety is paramount. The road will remain closed until further notice."


And if I'm not mistaken, that's all the way from Banff to about halfway to Calgary.
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They'll have that fixed in no time - too much (tourist) money at stake.
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Originally Posted by seeker333
They'll have that fixed in no time - too much (tourist) money at stake.
Our guess is that they'll tidy it up and put in a bailey bridge ... and then rebuild something more permanent (and hopefully higher).
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Everything is connected. If we want Beautiful places to visit and bike and hike in we have to take care of them and the planet.
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Thanks Machka for keeping us updated. I hope this area bounces back soon. I am guessing tourism is very important to this region. More so this time of year.

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Originally Posted by spinnaker

Thanks Machka for keeping us updated. I hope this area bounces back soon. I am guessing tourism is very important to this region. More so this time of year.
July 1 is Canada Day ... the first long weekend of summer, a long weekend immediately after school lets out. And normally, the July 1 long weekend would be a very, very busy weekend in the Banff/Canmore area, and throughout the Rockies. Many people who have weekend plans there would have booked months in advance.

Apparently Banff National Park is being flooded with messages inquiring whether or not the roads and facilities will be available by that weekend ... but they just don't know yet.

I feel for all the people there, and I too hope the area can recover quickly.

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Silver lining - think how nice it would be to have the Icefields Parkway mostly free of motor vehicle (MV) traffic from Banff to Jasper.

The NPS closes sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway to MVs for months at a time nearly every winter for snow, ice and rock fall. Bicyclists ride these sections as much in the winter as in the summer - the absence of MVs seems to make up for the cold, wet weather. Just be sure to remember that rock or icy patch on the way back down the mountain.
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From Banff National Park ...

"The Trans-Canada Highway between Canmore and Banff is open in both directions to Bow Valley residents (Canmore / Banff / Lake Louise) in their personal vehicles, supply trucks, tour buses, and the Roam shuttle bus. Bicycles are prohibited on the Banff Legacy Trail and the Trans-Canada Highway at this time.

THERE IS NO THROUGH TRAFFIC TO CALGARY AT THIS TIME.

Motorists can expect delays on the Trans-Canada Highway between Canmore and Banff as Parks Canada continues to repair this vital transportation corridor."




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"The ICEFIELDS PARKWAY (93 NORTH) is open in both directions from Lake Louise to Jasper for non-commercial traffic.

HIGHWAY 93 SOUTH is open in both directions from Radium Hot Springs to Castle Junction for non-commercial traffic.

GOLDEN TO BANFF : The Trans-Canada Highway between Banff and Golden remains open in both directions to non-commercial traffic.

IF YOU NEED TO GET TO CALGARY : Alternative routes are available through Highway 93 South (Banff-Windermere Highway) or Highway 93 North (the Icefields Parkway).

IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING FROM ALBERTA TO B.C. : Alternative routes are available through Highway 93 North (the Icefields Parkway) or Highway 3 (Crowsnest Pass).

Parks Canada, the Town of Banff, the Town of Canmore and Alberta Transportation would like to sincerely thank all residents and the travelling public for their patience as we continue to work through this situation. We wish everyone safe travels and our thoughts are with everyone affected by recent weather events."

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From Banff National Park ...

NEW! Do you have travel questions about flooding in and around Banff? Find information on roads, campgrounds, and trip planning here : www.parkscanada.gc.ca/banff


More specifically ...
https://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/ban...neuf-news.aspx

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Originally Posted by Machka
From Banff National Park ...

NEW! Do you have travel questions about flooding in and around Banff? Find information on roads, campgrounds, and trip planning here : www.parkscanada.gc.ca/banff


More specifically ...
https://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/ban...neuf-news.aspx
Thank you for posting all the pertinent links.

My wife and I are heading east on Sunday from Vancouver to Calgary. We are planning to use the Trans-Canadian Highway for some of our route. Hopefully, the situation will be more predictable by the time we get to the worst of the dameage. With side trips and rest days, it will be mid-July before we reach the Calgary area. From there we head south to Montana and then a train home.

We have a couple of alternate routes in case the closures and repairs take longer than expected.
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Originally Posted by Doug64
Thank you for posting all the pertinent links.

My wife and I are heading east on Sunday from Vancouver to Calgary. We are planning to use the Trans-Canadian Highway for some of our route. Hopefully, the situation will be more predictable by the time we get to the worst of the dameage. With side trips and rest days, it will be mid-July before we reach the Calgary area. From there we head south to Montana and then a train home.

We have a couple of alternate routes in case the closures and repairs take longer than expected.
I think the TransCanada, and roads west of Banff are open. Once you get to Banff, you may have to do some creative route planning depending on how the recovery is going. Hopefully by mid-July things are better.
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From Banff National Park ...


"Our goal is to restore four-lane traffic along the full length of the Trans-Canada Highway through the park by the July 1 long weekend."

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Originally Posted by Machka
"Our goal is to restore four-lane traffic along the full length of the Trans-Canada Highway through the park by the July 1 long weekend."
Told ya so.
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