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Banff National Park

Information for Visitors

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A number of roads and facilities in Banff National Park are under construction. For information and to help plan your trip, please visit: Construction Projects

Parks Canada- Canadian Pacific Grizzly Bear Research Initiative Wrap-up

Parks Canada, Canadian Pacific and the University of Alberta have completed a five-year grizzly bear research initiative, which examined the underlying causes of grizzly bear train collisions in Banff and Yoho national parks. We would like to share what we learned and tell you about our next steps to help reduce the risk to grizzly bears along the railway. We invite you to join us at one of two public events:

1) Open House
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Banff Center
Room 303 Kinnear Centre

Everyone is welcome to the two hour open house to learn more about the grizzly bear research initiative. Join University of Alberta researchers, Parks Canada specialists and Canadian Pacific staff to discuss what was learned and how this knowledge will be applied to reduce the risk to grizzly bears along the railway in Banff and Yoho national parks.

2) Research Presentations
Thursday, January, 26, 2017
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Banff Centre
Room 303 Kinnear Centre

Want a more in-depth look at the research? Join us from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for presentations by the researchers. Learn about each research project and its results. 

Learn more about the joint Parks Canada – Canadian Pacific grizzly bear research initiative.

Avalanche Awareness Night at Lake Louise

Avalanche fracture line on a mountain slope

Learn how to stay safe in avalanche country with members of Parks Canada Public Safety team. Includes talks, films, pizza and great prizes!

Avalanche Awareness Night
Friday, January 20, 2017
6:00 p.m. FREE
Lake Louise Visitor Centre

White-tailed ptarmigan at Bow Lake

White-tailed ptarmigan

Did you know that ptarmigan burrow under the snow to keep warm? Please snowshoe around the Bow Lake lakeshore only. Leave the meadows and the parking area for ptarmigan. They need some soft, undisturbed snow for winter shelter. Thank you!

Johnston Canyon Trail Now Open

Rehabilitation work on the Johnston Canyon trail and parking lot are now complete and are once again open to the public. The rehabilitation work on the Johnston Canyon trail included; trail surface repair, railing replacement, rock and slope stabilization, tree/deadfall removal and retaining and rock wall construction. 

Mountains 101: a free online learning experience

Parks Canada is proud to partner with the University of Alberta, a leader in education and research, to support Mountains 101: Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that will provide a comprehensive overview of mountain studies.

Mountains 101 will inspire Canadians to learn and explore Canada’s mountain heritage throughout the country (including mountain national parks) and to understand how Parks Canada protects, conserves and shares these special places.

To register or for more information, go to the University of Alberta Mountains 101 course web page.

Fall/Winter Fuel Reduction Work


Throughout the winter, Parks Canada fire management personnel will be selectively thinning and limbing vegetation to lower the risk of wildland fire to facilities and the Town of Banff. The safety of people, facilities and surrounding lands is always our highest priority. Debris from these operations will be burned on-site, or removed for disposal. In some locations, residents of the Town of Banff may apply for a permit to collect pre-cut firewood. No firewood can be removed unless a permit has been issued. Permits are available at the Banff Warden Office, 216 Hawk Ave, Banff.

Seasonal Road Closures

Moraine Lake

The following roads are closed to vehicular traffic for the season:

Lake Moraine
Tunnel Mountain Drive
The west-end of the Minnewanka Road

Visitor Centre Hours Change After Labour Day

Banff Information Centre (224 Banff Avenue)
September 6, 2016 to June 16, 2017: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Banff Information Kiosk (327 Railway Avenue)
September 6, 2016 to June 16, 2017: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lake Louise Information Centre (Samson Mall)
September 6 to October 10, 2016: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
October 11, 2016 to April 30, 2017: (Thurs-Sun) 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

Do not feed any wildlife

Do not feed any wildlife

Parks Canada needs your help in sharing this information.

Do not feed wildlife in the national park. It’s for their safety and yours.

Maximum fine for anyone feeding wildlife is $25,000.

Please report all incidents of wildlife feeding in Banff National Park to Banff Dispatch at 403-762-1470.

Every little bit helps. Thank you.