Camping opened up across Alberta over the May long weekend.

While the weather was still cool and brought rain and snow to some areas in Kananaskis Country many people braved the conditions to get out.

The Sentinel Day Use area also opened up although the Highwood River is still a bit too high and swift to cross with the spring runoff underway.

Etherington Creek Campground also opened up for not just Day Use users but also for weekend campers.

Etherington Creek Campground opened up over the weekend.Etherington Creek Campground opened up over the weekend.

However, there is some construction ongoing on the equestrian loop which has closed down the loop. Heavy equipment will be onsite for the refurbishment and the installation of new campground fixtures and outhouses. You're asked to watch for flaggers and obey posted signage.

A bear warning has also been in place for the Kananaskis Golf Course since Friday, May 17, as grizzly and black bears have been spotted throughout the area.

Alberta Parks offers up some tips to avoid a surprise encounter with a bear:

  • Make plenty of noise and travel in groups.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Look and listen for bears and their signs.
  • Keep your pet on a leash.
  • Carry bear spray. Make sure it’s easily accessible, and know how to use bear spray.
  • Learn more about bear safety on our webpage or at WildSmart.

If you do see any bears you are asked to report them immediately to (403) 591-7755.

You will still need a Kananaskis Parking Pass to avoid getting a ticket. The cost for a pass is $15 per day or $90 for the year and it's much easier to purchase online or in person this year.

Go to the Alberta Parks page for more.