Seasonal closures for caribou conservation

Issued: October 28, 2020

Seasonal closures in the Tonquin, Maligne-Brazeau, and North Boundary ranges of Jasper National Park take effect on November 1. All access to these backcountry areas is prohibited until the Tonquin area reopens for winter recreation on February 16 and all other areas reopen on March 1 (February 29 on leap years).
 
Tonquin caribou winter habitat. November 1, 2020 to February 15, 2021

Effective date: November 1, 2020 through February 15, 2021. Dates inclusive.

Access prohibited: Pursuant to section 7(1) of the National Parks General Regulations, the following area is hereby temporarily closed to all public use and travel by order of the Superintendent, Jasper National Park. Violators may be charged under the Canada National Parks Act.

See map: www.parkscanada.gc.ca/caribou-winter-access

Where: Critical habitat in the Tonquin caribou range. Access is prohibited to the area between the western boundary of Jasper National Park and the following boundaries:

All point coordinates fall within UTM zone 11 North

  • Boundary begins at UTM 402190 5859469 where the 1325 m elevation contour line meets the west park boundary just south of Highway 16;
  • Follows the 1325 m contour line east until UTM 410693 5857628 at Clairvaux Creek, then heads due east to UTM 411165 5858628;
  • Continues along the 1325 m contour line until UTM 413934 5857628 at Meadow Creek, then heads due east to UTM 415175 5857628;
  • Follows the 1325 m contour line east past the Jasper Skytram then south past Whistler Creek to an unnamed creek at UTM 427827 5851661;
  • Follows the unnamed creek west upstream (excluding Edge of the World Waterfall) to where it meets the Marmot Road, then follows the east boundary of the Marmot Road to UTM 426612 5851211;
  • Follows the perimeter of the Marmot Basin leasehold to UTM 426644 5849758, then follows a straight line to the Portal Creek Trailhead parking lot, then follows a straight line from the Portal Creek Trailhead to the junction of Highway 93A and Cavell Road;
  • Continues from the junction of Cavell Road and 93A along a straight line to UTM 433236 5845022, then follows a straight line to UTM 435100 5842518, then follows a straight line due south to 435100 5840856;
  • Follows the 1350 m contour line southwest and upstream along the Whirlpool River to UTM 427297 5827276, then due west to UTM 426484 5827276, then west along the 1600 m contour line to UTM 414528 5828103; then due north to the summit of Outpost Peak (UTM 4145528 5833597), then straight to the summit of Bennington Peak on the park boundary (UTM 412193 5834727).

Why: To prevent human roads and trails from facilitating an unnatural level of predator access to woodland caribou, which are listed as Threatened on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act.

Maligne-Brazeau caribou winter habitat. November 1, 2020 through February 28, 2021

Effective date: November 1, 2020 through February 28, 2021. Dates inclusive.

Access prohibited: Pursuant to section 7(1) of the National Parks General Regulations, the following area is hereby temporarily closed to all public use and travel by order of the Superintendent, Jasper National Park. Violators may be charged under the Canada National Parks Act.

See map: www.parkscanada.ca/caribou-winter-access

Where: Critical habitat in the Maligne and Brazeau caribou ranges. Access is prohibited to the area between the following boundaries: 

All point coordinates fall within UTM zone 11 North

East side of Highway 93:

  • Beginning at UTM point 441906 5838151 south of Horseshoe lake, the boundary follows the 1350 m elevation contour line north along the Athabasca Valley until UTM 432661 5861349, then heads due north to the Signal Fire Road trailhead (UTM 432661 5863200);
  • Follows a straight line due east to the southwest border of the Maligne river at UTM 433830 5363200;
  • Follows south along the west side of the Maligne river upstream to the outflow of Medicine lake, along the west side of Medicine Lake to the inflow of the middle Maligne river, and along the west side of the middle Maligne river upstream to the west side of the vehicle bridge at the outflow of Maligne lake. A 600 m wide area from Medicine lake up the Watchtower creek canyon to UTM 446370 5856159 is excluded from the closure boundary;
  • A 600 m wide area from Medicine lake up the Watchtower creek canyon to UTM 446370 5856159 is excluded from the closure;
  • The Jeffery Creek drainage is excluded from the closure. This area begins at UTM 453383 5848039 and heads west then north following the height of land to UTM 444341 5848252. Heads west to the summit of Curator Mountain. Follows the height of land south to the summit of Antler Mountain. Follows the height of land southeast to the summit of Trowel Peak. Follows the height of land northeast to UTM 452369 5847960. Heads southeast to the middle Maligne River at UTM 453668 5846857;
  • From the west side of the vehicle bridge, follows south along the west side of the Maligne Lake Road to the Bald Hills Trailhead. Follows in westerly direction along the north side of the Bald Hills Trail to the top of the trail. Follows south along the height of land to UTM 453792 5837881; Follows east along the ridge then drops down to UTM 454969 5837972; Follows the micro-drainage down to UTM 456135 5839073;
  • Heads eastward to the Trapper Creek Loop at UTM 457052 5838851;
  • Continues south along the west side of the Trapper Creek Loop to UTM 458065 5837652, then south along the western edge of the meadow to UTM 458520 5837215;
  • Continues east along the south side of the Trapper Creek Loop until the trail crosses the Maligne River, then follows east along the south side of the upper Maligne River to Maligne Lake;
  • Follows south along the west side of Maligne Lake to the narrows at UTM 464781 5833663;
  • Follows in a straight line due south to UTM 464781 5832899, then in a straight line to the ridge top at UTM 463753 5832033, then from this ridge along the height of land to the summit of Mount Unwin, to the summit of Mount Charlton, to the ridge line at 466109 5831162, and then along a straight line due north back to the lake edge at UTM 466109 5832571;
  • Follows south along the west side of Maligne lake past Coronet creek to UTM 472248 5827255. Spindly Creek day use area and Coronet Creek campground are excluded from the closure boundary;
  • Follows in a straight line southeast to UTM 472910 5826368, then south along the 2550 m contour line to UTM 475322 5815908, then due east to UTM 477803 5815908, then in a straight line southeast to the peak at UTM 478724 5814797;
  • Follows the height of land across the Grand Brazeau Range through Poboktan Mountain to the shoulder North of John John Creek; then down the shoulder to the west shore of Brazeau Lake; follows the west shore of Brazeau Lake to John John Creek then along a one km buffer north of the Brazeau Loop Trail to the slopes north of Brazeau River Campground; from there straight to the park boundary at UTM 499485 5802397;
  • Follows the park boundary south to Cline Creek and from that junction straight west to UTM 494331 5792845 above Four Point campground and park cabin, then due south to UTM 494331 5791913, then straight to the height of land at the park boundary NW of Nigel Pass at UTM 491002 5789498;
  • Follows the park boundary northwest to the height of land at UTM 486502 5790620 and along the height of land to the highest point on Tangle Ridge, then due north to UTM 480469 5797011, then along the 2100 m contour line to UTM 478871 5798742, then due west to the east edge of the highway 93 right-of-way at UTM 477172 5798742;
  • Follows north along the east edge of the highway 93 right-of-way to Poboktan creek, while excluding Jonas Creek campground, the Poboktan creek trailhead parking area, and the Sunwapta Warden Station from the closure area;
  • Follows north along the east edge of the highway 93 right-of-way to UTM 459062 5819533, then follows the 1450 m contour line to UTM 451111 5826848;
  • Follows a straight line due north to the peak at UTM 451111 5828265, then follows the height of land from this point to UTM 453779 5830965, to UTM 448401 5835948, to Mount Hardisty, and to the ridge at UTM 443353 5838152;
  • Follows due west to the boundary starting point south of Horseshoe lake at UTM 441906 5838151.

West side of Highway 93:

  • Beginning on the west bank of the Sunwapta River across from the Bubbling Springs picnic area, the boundary follows the west bank of the Sunwapta River south for 51.5 km to UTM 476646 5799386;
  • Follows a straight line from this point southeast to Mushroom Peak at UTM 474004 5796829;
  • Follows a line north from Mushroom Peak to a point on the Winston Churchill range at UTM 460372 5814440 maintaining a closure area width of 3 km from the Sunwapta river;
  • Follows a straight line back to the boundary starting point on the west bank of the Sunwapta River across from the Bubbling springs picnic area.

Why: To prevent human roads and trails from facilitating an unnatural level of predator access to woodland caribou, which are listed as Threatened on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act.

À La Pêche caribou winter habitat. November 1, 2020 to February 28, 2021

Effective date: November 1, 2020 through February 28, 2021. Dates inclusive.

Access prohibited: Pursuant to section 7(1) of the National Parks General Regulations, the following area is hereby temporarily closed to all public use and travel by order of the Superintendent, Jasper National Park. Violators may be charged under the Canada National Parks Act.

See map: www.parkscanada.gc.ca/caribou-winter-access

Where: Critical habitat in the À La Pêche caribou range. Access is prohibited to the area between the northern boundary of Jasper National Park and the following boundaries:

All point coordinates fall within UTM zone 11 North.

  • From Rock Creek’s crossing of park boundary, upstream to junction with unnamed creek at UTM 411626, 5920616; south along this creek to creek junction at UTM 413828 5917500; and SW along 2nd creek to height of land at UTM 413189 5916518;
  • From the height of land to junction of Willow Creek and the Snake Indian River; follows the Snake Indian River upstream to junction with unnamed creek at UTM 395150 5908263; follows the main creek channel up stream to outlet of lake at UTM 384956 5896428; and from that point due west to the park boundary at UTM 374826, 5896428;
  • Follows the park boundary NW to UTM 365386, 5899860 then straight to Calumet Creek at UTM 365007, 5900087; follows Calumet Creek downstream to junction with the Smoky River; follows the Smoky River downstream to trail junction at UTM 351995 5904790; and from that point to the peak of Palu Mountain;
  • From Palu Mountain straight to Carcajou Pass on the park boundary at UTM 347728 5900125; follows the park boundary north to the height of land on Mount Bess; and from Mount Bess straight across to the park boundary at its junction with the Smoky River at UTM 350583 5927592;
  • Follows the northern park boundary to Rock Creek.

Why: To prevent human roads and trails from facilitating an unnatural level of predator access to woodland caribou, which are listed as Threatened on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act.