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Banff National Park

General Information


PermitsQuiet Hours | Campfires | Pets
Fishing | Alcohol Policies | Etiquette | Generators | Failure to Comply
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Permits

Campers must acquire the following permits to camp in Banff National Park:

  • Park Permit – available at Banff National Park entry gates, visitor centres and campground kiosks 
  • Camping permit – available at campground or self-registration kiosks 
  • Fire Permit - Each registered party wanting to have a campfire must purchase a fire permit for $8.80 per site per night (includes firewood). Permits are available at the campground or self-registration kiosk.


Quiet Hours

Excessive noise is not permitted at any time of the day. Any disturbance should be reported immediately to Park Wardens or park staff.

  • Quiet hours are in effect from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • During quiet hours, music, campfires and alcohol are prohibited.
  • Only site occupants are allowed on a campsite after 11 p.m. 
Generator Use

Generator use is only permitted between the hours of 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. daily, in order to provide campers with a quiet and enjoyable experience.


Campfires

In order to keep your campfire safe for you and for the environment, adhere to the following regulations:

  • Fire Permit - Each registered party wanting to have a campfire must purchase a fire permit for $8.80 per site per night (includes firewood). Permits are available at the campground or self-registration kiosk.
  • Fire Size - To reduce the negative impact of campfires on the environment, keep your fires to a reasonable size; fires must be contained within the firebox provided. It is illegal to have a fire outside of a designated location.
  • Wood - Use wood that is provided within the campground. Do not burn garbage or collect deadfall from the surrounding forest for burning.
  • Times - Campfires are not permitted during quiet hours (11 p.m. to 7 a.m.). Fires must be attended at all times. Please review the Alcohol and Fire Bans section for more information.

Pets

Pets must be on a leash at all times in Banff National Park


Fishing

A Parks Canada fishing permit is required. Permits are available at all mountain parks visitor centres.


Alcohol Policies

From May to September, a number of policies are in place to ensure visitors get a good night's sleep. Daily alcohol consumption bans are in effect (quiet hours). On long weekends, a full alcohol ban on the possession of alcohol will also be in effect.


Campground Etiquette

You can ensure you're a good neighbour, and guarantee a good camping experience for yourself, by respecting and adhering to the following guidelines:

  • Washing Dishes - Use the outdoor sink or a personal basin for washing dishes (not the bathrooms, where space is limited).
  • Washing Laundry - Please use your own tub and dump water down the outdoor sink or toilets. Laundry facilities are available in the Town of Banff.
  • Recycling - Bottles and cans (refundable containers) can be recycled in each campground near designated washroom buildings.
  • Children - To ensure the safety of your children, please supervise them at all times. Children may become lost in the campground or may unknowingly trespass on a neighbouring campsite.
  • Driving - Respect the posted speed limits and remain alert while driving in the campground. Trees may obstruct your view and pedestrians, especially children, may suddenly dart out onto the road.
  • Accessing Facilities - Please use roadways and pathways to access campground facilities (cook shelters, bathrooms, etc.) and your own campsite. Cutting through a neighbouring campsite will disturb other campers and may cause damage to the fragile vegetation.


Failure to Comply

Campers who fail to comply with the 'Bare' Campsite Program and the above regulations may have their camping permit revoked, without a refund, and may be charged under the Canada National Parks Act and National Parks Campground Regulations. The permit holder is responsible for ensuring the campsite is maintained in a satisfactory condition.