CALGARY- Trail restrictions have gone into place in Banff National Park, due to a number of grizzly bears in the area.
Starting Thursday, the following restrictions are in place for the Lake Minnewanka Trail from Stewart Canyon Bridge to the East Park Boundary, Aylmer Pass trail and Aylmer Lookout Trail:
- Hikers must be in groups of four or more and carry bear spray
- Cyclists are not permitted
- Dogs are not allowed beyond Stewart Canyon Bridge
The restrictions are in place to protect areas that are considered a critical bear habitat. A number of female grizzlies and their cubs live there, and surprise bear encounters involving cyclists have happened along Minnewanka Trail.
Those who don’t follow the restrictions could face fines up to $25,000. The restrictions are in effect until September 15.