Parks Canada rescue teams used search dogs to help locate a missing father and son buried under avalanche snows near Lake Louise. The 33-year old man and his 11-year old son had gone to the area for a toboggan ride despite high risk avalanche warnings. Neither father nor son had been heard from since the March 9 and RCMP officials requested that Parks Canada rescue teams get involved in the search for the missing pair.
Officials say that the victims, not yet identified until family members in Montreal had been contacted, checked into the Lake Louise area on March 4 for a vacation stay and were planning to depart on March 14. An RCMP official said that they could not explain why the man and his son had chosen to be in a back country area which has been designated an “avalanche slope”. It is likely that as tourists visiting the region, they were unfamiliar with areas considered unsafe for skiing and sledding activities.
This season, Parks Canada has made an extended effort to help alert visitors to possible danger with avalanche forecasts, additional signage and radio reports. It is likely that the father and son visiting from Montreal were not aware of the importance of asking about the areas around Lake Louise they should avoid. In the past week alone, another man from Saskatchewan is reported to have succumbed to injuries suffered in an avalanche near Blue River, while yet another skier from Calgary is in critical condition after surviving an avalanche in Banff National Park.
Aidan Donaldson is a reporter for County Telegram. After graduating from University of Ottawa, Aidan got an internship at CTV News in Toronto and worked as a reporter and sound engineer. Adman has also worked as a reporter for Maclleans Magazine. Aidan covers entertainment and community events for County Telegram.