Vermilion River in Kootenay National Park has seen especially high water levels in the past several days.

High water levels in Kootenay National Park

Extremely high water levels continue to be observed in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks.

Extremely high water levels continue to be observed in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks.  This is a unique situation and visitors are urged to take precautions while enjoying their visit to the park. Visitors and residents are advised to stay back from rivers and low lying areas; river banks are unstable, some footbridges have collapsed and fast moving waters are carrying debris such as stumps and trees. Please respect all localized closures.

Public safety is our top priority — Parks Canada staff are proactively working to resolve any potential debris flow issues and are standing by to respond to any new situations that may occur over the next several days.

The majority of Parks Canada facilities continue to remain open. As a precautionary measure, Parks Canada has temporarily closed the following in Kootenay National Park:

The Stanley Glacier, Dog Lake, and Paint Pots to Marble Canyon trails, and Marble Canyon Campground is not yet open for the season.

The latest information on weather and roads can be obtained from Environment Canada, Drive BC, and Alberta Motor Association Road Report web sites. Check “What’s New” on the Banff, Yoho and Kootenay web sites.

— Submitted by Parks Canada

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