The Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93N) is anticipated to close intermittently on Monday (January 29).
Avalanche control work will shut down down a 20 km section of the Icefields Parkway between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Parks Canada says warmer temperatures in Jasper and Banff National Parks are anticipated to increase the avalanche hazard.
“Avalanche control work will reduce the likelihood of a natural avalanche that could put the safety of travellers at risk,” the agency said.
The closure location is Parker Ridge to Pinto Lake Trailhead (approximately 20 km south of Parker Ridge) in Banff National Park.
All other sections of the Icefields Parkway will remain open.
Parks Canada maintains that safety is the agency’s number one priority.
“Parks Canada only closes roads when absolutely necessary,” a January 26 memo notes. “When roads are closed, gates are locked for the safety of park visitors and motorists. Breaking gates or intruding into avalanche control areas in unsafe and illegal.”
Parks Canada advises motorists to monitor 511 Alberta for updates.
Backcountry users should check avalanche.ca for updated conditions.