Thick smoke has settled over the Cranbrook area from the wildfires burning nearby. (Mike Turner photo)

Thick smoke has settled over the Cranbrook area from the wildfires burning nearby. (Mike Turner photo)

Public access to Idlewild Lake, Elizabeth Lake closed

City of Cranbrook Closes Public Access To Idlewild Lake, Elizabeth Lake To Minimize Risk Of Wildfire

The City of Cranbrook has closed both Idlewild Park and Elizabeth Lake to all public access Sunday until further notice in order to reduce the risk of wildfire in the City.

The closure is being done in order to remain consistent with the backcountry closure implemented on Saturday throughout the entire Rocky Mountain Forest District. Access to the NorthStar Rails to Trails, the Cranbrook to Wardner Destination Trail (Isadore Canyon) and the City’s spray irrigation property was closed on Saturday as well.

All Crown land around the City of Cranbrook is closed to public access including the Community Forest and South Star. If you see people accessing Crown land, you are asked to contact the provincial RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP) to report it.

For information on the backcountry ban, please visit the BC Wildfire Service website here.

The City of Cranbrook appreciates the understanding of our residents and visitors during these closures.