User fees Coming to Kananskis June 1st

Upper Kananaskis Lake
Upper Kananaskis Lake - Photo via Pxfuel

If you plan on recreating in Kananaskis this summer you will have to pay a new access fee.

Starting June 1st a Kananaskis Conservation Pass will be required to use the area.

Fees will be $15 per day or $90 per year (per vehicle). The conservation pass area includes provincial parks, public land in Kananaskis, provincial campgrounds and day-use areas in the Bow Valley corridor. The fee will also be used to facilitate the expansion of protected area within Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park.

Included in the new investments will be $1 million to begin planning work on upgrades to the Canmore Nordic Centre with the intent of making further capital investments in future years to improve this world-class sporting facility.

The pass will be available at and at Kananaskis visitor information centers during operating hours.

The new Kananaskis Conservation Pass will also eliminate the cross-country trail grooming parking pass program.

First Nation individuals with status will be exempt from the pass as will others who need to stop in the area for business purposes, such as facility operators and disposition, permit and contract holders. Recipients of AISH will also be exempt.

The pass is expected to bring in approximately $15 Million annually. Every dollar of revenue generated from the Kananaskis Conservation Pass will be reinvested in the region.

For more information visit Alberta Parks.