Common menu bar links

Jasper National Park

Annual delayed winter access measures in effect in Jasper National Park


What’s happening?

Parks Canada would like to remind visitors that the annual delayed winter access in the Tonquin, Maligne-Brazeau and North Boundary areas of caribou habitat in Jasper National Park will be in effect as of November 1st.

This year, the Moose Lake Loop, as well as a section of trail to Trapper’s Creek along Maligne Lake, will remain open to enhance the winter offer at Maligne Lake while meeting the objectives of the delayed access area. 

The Tonquin delayed access changes from a perimeter buffer to a full area closure. This maintains the same delayed access boundaries while making it consistent with implementation in all other areas.

For 2016, the Tonquin area will reopen on February 16th for winter recreation, and all other areas on February 29th.

How does this affect you?

While these temporary closures are in effect, all access to these areas is prohibited. All delayed access areas are available for winter recreation later in the season when days are longer and temperatures generally warmer.

For alternative routes and trip planning advice visit the Jasper National Park Visitor Information Centre or

Help us protect Jasper’s threatened caribou by choosing other areas of the park for winter recreation during this time.


Parks Canada is taking action to protect caribou and habitat critical to their survival. Our priority is to reduce or eliminate all five threats identified as affecting caribou survival in the mountain national parks. Visit for more information.

Delayed access was first implemented in 2009 to address the threat of facilitated predator access and protect declining caribou herds. In winter, wolves travel more efficiently on packed trails or roads thus increasing their ability to access and hunt in critical caribou habitat. Work over the past decade has led to the conclusion, supported by science, that managing the timing of backcountry access for winter recreation will reduce the risk of predation on caribou. The snowpack typically firms up during the latter third of winter and packed trails no longer offer an advantage to wolves. This is just one of many actions that Parks Canada is taking to aid in caribou recovery.


The following actions have been implemented to protect caribou and their winter habitat in Jasper National Park. For area details please see attached maps. 

1. Tonquin caribou range

All access is prohibited from November 1 through February 15 inclusive to important winter habitat of the Tonquin caribou herd. This includes Cavell Road, Astoria Trail, Portal Creek Trail and Whistlers Creek Valley.

Tonquin Caribou Range 
Download a PDF (846 KB)

2. Maligne-Brazeau caribou range

All access is prohibited from November 1 through February 28 inclusive to important winter habitat of the Maligne and Brazeau caribou herds. This includes the subalpine and alpine areas of the Maligne Range from Signal Mountain south, east of highway 93 and west of the Maligne River; the slopes to the West of highway 93 between Bubbling Springs and Beauty Creek Hostel, Poboktan Creek Trail and the Brazeau Loop.

Download PDF (1183 KB)

Maligne Brazeau South

Download PDF (959 KB)

3. À La Pêche caribou range

All access is prohibited from November 1 through February 28 inclusive to important winter habitat of the À La Pêche caribou herd. This includes Rock Creek Trail from the park boundary to Willow Creek and most of the North Boundary Trail. 

North Boundary
Download PDF (792 KB)

For further information

Shelley Bird
Mountain National Park Caribou Conservation Program