RESTRICTED ACTIVITY: Johnston Canyon off-trail use is strictly prohibited

Issued: May 01, 2021

Ends: November 15, 2021

RESTRICTED ACTIVITY

Off-trail use is strictly prohibited

WHAT: Pursuant to Section 7(1) of the National Parks General Regulations, of the Canada National Parks Act, the following activity is restricted or prohibited by order of the Superintendent: Off-trail use is strictly prohibited along the Johnston Canyon Trail to protect black swifts, an endangered bird species listed under Canada’s Species at Risk Act. All users must stay on the official trail.

WHERE: Johnston Canyon Trail – from the lower trail sign to the Ink Pots/Moose Meadows junction. As per map attached.

WHY: Johnston Canyon is home to a small population of black swifts, an endangered bird species listed under Canada’s Species at Risk Act. In order to survive in this area, black swifts need protection from human disturbances as their numbers have declined significantly at this site. Off-trail use is strictly prohibited to minimize disturbance to black swifts, protect their habitat and to reduce erosion, trampling and disturbance of sensitive vegetation and soils.

PENALTY: Violators may be charged under the Canada National Parks Act: maximum penalty $25 000.

Start date: 2021-05-01

End date: 2021-11-15