Upper Flathead Motor Vehicle Prohibition

Regulation Number: 
Region 4 - Kootenay
Regulation Type: 
Motor Vehicle Restrictions
All species
Closing Date: 
January 23, 2022 at midnight
Decision Statement: 


Current Regulations: 

The current Motor Vehicle Prohibition map for the Upper Flathead can be found at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/recreation/motor-vehicle-prohibitions

Proposed Regulations: 
  • Seasonally close northern end of Shoefly Road at designated location (49°21.744’N 114°52.092’W) from September 1- November 10 and May 1 - May 30
  • Add additional year-round open road on map, identifying the section of road that travels from green road at (49° 26.739'N, 114° 47.570'W) to (49° 26.864'N 114° 46.567'W).  The road identified to be year-round open is the main road with the majority of travel that was miss mapped in the map modernization project.

Road use modification is required due to Trans Canada road upgrade needs for twinning of the pipeline. This road upgrade is anticipated to increasing motor vehicle use and potentially impacting wildlife during hunting season and important winter migration and spring parturition period. 

The proposed regulation changes are intended to reduce access-related impacts on regionally important wildlife species (grizzly bear, moose, elk, mule deer, and mountain goats) following industrial access improvements.

The original rationale for the development of this Motor Vehicle Closed Area considered the positive impacts of restricted motorized use for the benefit of grizzly bear, moose, elk, mule deer, and mountain goats. Additional considerations include westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout habitat, which benefits from motor vehicle restrictions by way of reduced sedimentation into breeding habitat, and reduced risk of riparian habitat degradation.