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Banff National Park

Information for Visitors 

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Traffic Advisory - Make the Most of the Long Weekend!

Heavy traffic is expected in the Lake Louise and Moraine Lake areas. Parking availability will be extremely limited.

The best time to explore Moraine Lake and the Lake Louise shoreline is early morning and late afternoon. In the early hours, enjoy serene waters, crisp fresh air and the sounds of nature. Late afternoon brings out the warm colours of the mountains just before the sun sets.

From 1 – 4 p.m. Lake Louise Drive and Moraine Lake Road will experience significant delays due to high traffic volumes. If you are looking to explore the park, check out these locations: 

  • Take a leisurely drive down the Bow Valley Parkway for the best place to view wildlife. 
  • Ride by gondola to the summit of Mt Whitehorn, take in the view or journey on a short hike for vistas of peaks and glaciers. 
  • Stroll the shops at Lake Louise village, picnic along the rushing waters of the Bow River, or explore the easy interpretive hike down Louise Creek 
  • Venture on mountain bikes along the gentle riverside of the Bow River Loop trail - a great activity for families! 
  • Cruise along the world’s most spectacular roadway, the Icefields Parkway, for nature’s display of dramatic mountains, ancient glaciers, broad sweeping valleys and emerald green lakes 
  • Venture to Yoho National Park to canoe the turquoise waters of Emerald Lake, gaze upon spectacular Takakkaw Falls, and explore the charming Village of Field. Only 30 minutes west of Lake Louise.

August 28, 2014

Trail Updates

Goat Creek Bridge - The Goat Creek bridge is on site but closed. Approaches (ramps) are under construction, stream banks are being armoured against erosion, and final landscape work is underway. The Spray River trail remains open, with an active ford adjacent to the construction site. Work should be complete by the end of September. 

Banff Legacy Trail / Cascade Ponds Connector - Flood repairs are nearing completion. Armoured, flex-mats (erosion protection) are in place to protect the trail from any future flooding. Top soil is going in and will require grading. Finally, a new layer of smooth asphalt, hydro seeding and final landscaping will be completed. The connector and new trail section should be complete by mid to late of September.

Goat Creek Bridge Legacy Trail
Left: Goat Creek Bridge
Right : Armoured, flex-mats on the Legacy Trail

August 26, 2014

Spreading Creek Wildfire

The Spreading Creek fire has seen no significant growth since late July. The total burn area inside Banff National Park remains at 2,300 hectares, and the total fire size at 9,000 hectares. Map (PDF 3.8 MB)

  • All highways are open. 
  • All trails west of Highway 93N are open. 
  • Some trails east of Highway 93N remain closed. See Important Bulletins for a map and more information.

Fire crews continue to monitor the fire. Any flare ups close to the perimeters will be actioned through direct suppression. Hot spots well within the burn area that pose limited risk of spreading may continue to smoulder on the landscape. Hot spots are likely to persist until snowfall. Report any new wildfires to Banff Dispatch: (403) 762-1473

Management of the Spreading Creek wildfire on Alberta provincial lands continues to be conducted by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. For information, visit: Alberta Wildfire

August 8 , 2014