A grizzly bear sighting has closed Kent Ridge Trail in Kananaskis Country. The closure affects Trail access to Kent Ridge North, Mount Kent, and Kent South Peak.

Ahead of the long Family Day weekend with a nice-looking forecast, many will be heading to the backcountry and officials want people to be bear aware. 

It is important for people to know there has been some early grizzly bear activity. While the advisory is in effect for the Kent Ridge area, bears can be encountered anywhere in the Kananaskis Region at any time. 

To avoid a surprise encounter with a bear you are reminded to:

  • make plenty of noise and travel in groups when hiking 
  • always be respectful of all wildlife and be aware of your surroundings look and listen for the signs of bears
  • always keep your pet on a leash 
  • always carry bear spray and that it is easily accessible

Alberta Parks asks that you report a bear sighting immediately to 403-591-7755.