Banff National Park
RESTRICTED ACTIVITY: Johnston Canyon Trail - Off Trail Use is Prohibited
Issued: May 15, 2023
Ends: November 15, 2023
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.
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.
Approved By: Salman Rasheed Superintendent, Banff Field Unit
Start date: 2023-05-15
End date: 2023-11-15
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