Banff National Park

Summer 2013 - Updates on Trails and Facilities


In late June 2013, the eastern half of Banff National Park received significant rainfall causing streams and rivers to flood; as a result, some trails and roadways were affected. The park remains as beautiful as ever, but you may notice a few changes. Those of significance are compiled here for your convenience.

Roads and Highways | Cross-Country Skiing  
Important Bulletins (closures)  |  Useful Links 

Roads and Highways 

The Trans-Canada Highway is running 4 divided lanes through all of Banff National Park.  The Sunshine Road re-opened November 3, 2013. Long-term repairs are ongoing. The southeast section of the Minnewanka Loop road is open.

Cross-country skiing

Cascade Valley
Skiers will be able to ski 6.4 km to the Cascade River. The trail from the Cascade River to Stoney Creek will not be trackset due to the washed-out bridge over Cascade River. The bridge will be replaced in spring/summer 2014.

New trails will be groomed from the trailhead (Lake Minnewanka day-use area) to Upper Bankhead.

Spray River Trail West and East
A new bridge at the end of Spray West trail will arrive by helicopter on December 23, 2013, with immediate installation to follow. Depending on construction and weather conditions, Spray West and East trails may be trackset and available for skiing as early as Christmas.

Goat Creek Trail
Bridge reconstruction at the Goat Creek junction (10km from the Spray Trailhead over the Spray River) is scheduled for spring 2014.  Although the trail remains open, travel is not recommended from Canmore to Banff due to the absence of the bridge across the Spray River. Tracksetting on the Goat Creek trail is to be determined.

Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court  (new)
When conditions permit, Banff volunteers will groom Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court Campground.

Check the Trail Report frequently for the most up-to-date conditions:

Trail Report - Banff National Park
Trail Report - Yoho National Park
Trail Report - Kootenay National Park
Trail Report - Jasper National Park

General cross-country skiing information 

Useful links

Camping in Banff National Park | Camping in Yoho National Park | Camping in Kootenay National Park
Kootenay National Park | Yoho National Park | Jasper National Park

Banff Weather 
Travel Alberta 1-800-ALBERTA
Banff Lake Louise Tourism  
Parks Canada Reservation Service 1-877-737-3783 (for Parks Canada campgrounds) 
Town of Banff