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Banff National Park

Information for Visitors 

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There will a number of roads and facilities under construction over the summer. For further information and to help you plan your trip, go to Construction Projects

Free public shuttle at Lake Louise

Weekends from July 1 to September 5, 2016 - A free public shuttle runs to the iconic viewpoint at Lake Louise. Pick up and drop off is from Lake Louise Overflow Camping, 5.5 km east of Lake Louise. Enjoy your trip!

Weekends from September 10 to 25, 2016 - A free public shuttle runs to the Moraine Lake area just in time for larch season. Pick up and drop off is from Lake Louise Overflow Camping, 5.5 km east of Lake Louise (map below). Ride and relax!

Parks Canada is pleased to be working toward comprehensive public transit in the Lake Louise area.

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.

May 2016

Love Them and Leash Them
Seasonal Road Openings 
Let’s go Camping! 
Calving Season
Hours of Operation at Visitor Centres
On the Look-out for Red Chairs
Bow Valley Parkway Mandatory Seasonal Travel Restriction
Using prescribed fire to keep forests healthy and communities safe
Performance in the Park

Love Them and Leash Them


Safety, whether it be for park users or animals living in the park, is a priority for Parks Canada. Having pets off-leash in Banff National Park presents hazards to people, pets and wildlife. Sharing this special place with wild animals is both an honour and a responsibility. So please, let’s keep everyone safe. Show your pets you love them by keeping them on leash and having them under physical control at all times.

Seasonal Road Openings

© Paul Zizka

Tunnel Mountain Drive and the northern portion of the Lake Minnewanka Road have reopened. The Moraine Lake Road will re-open in late May/early June (weather dependent).

Let’s go Camping!

Summer is just around the corner and Banff campgrounds are gearing up for another busy season! In time for the Victoria Day long weekend, Two Jack Lakeside, Tunnel Mountain Village I, Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court, and the Lake Louise trailer campgrounds will be welcoming visitors. Operational dates are as follows:

Lake Louise Trailer Year round Lake Louise Tent May 30 – September 4 Tunnel Mountain Village I May 12 - October 2
Tunnel Mountain Village II: Closed June 4 for upgrades
Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court: May 12 - October 2
Two Jack Main: June 23 - September 4 (includes equipped camping sites)
Two Jack Lakeside: May 12- October 2 (includes oTENTik sites)
Johnston Canyon: May 26 - September 25
Castle Mountain: June – mid-September (dates TBA) 

Don’t forget about camping opportunities at Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site

Calving Season

From mid-May to early July, cow elk have their babies. As calves are completely defenseless the first few weeks of life, their mothers are particularly protective. Being aware of your surroundings can help reduce the risk of running into elk and prevent habituation of elk to the townsite:

  • Give elk space, keep your distance Stay back 30 metres or 3 bus lengths
  • Retreat immediately if approached by an elk
  • Keep your pets on a leash at all times
  • Report all elk sightings within the townsite to 762-1470 (24-hour dispatch)

Elk in Banff National Park 

Spring/Summer Hours of Operation at Banff National Park Visitor Centres

Summer is just around the corner. We have three visitor centres in the park where our staff will help with any information you might need. check out our Facilities page for revised hours of operation and location.

On the Look-out for Red Chairs

Did you know there are 13 red chair locations in Banff National Park? Kick back and enjoy the scenery from the best view in the park. 

Bow Valley Parkway Mandatory Seasonal Travel Restriction

From March 1st to June 25th, 2016, travel is not permitted between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. on the 17-kilometre section of the parkway from Johnston Canyon Campground to the Fireside Picnic Area. This is to ensure the area remains a high quality home for wildlife.

Using prescribed fire to keep forests healthy and communities safe

Where there's smoke, there's fire. For thousands of years, fire has been an integral part of Canada’s landscape. Here in the mountain national parks, prescribed fires are used to improve forest health and reduce the threat of catastrophic wild fires. Learn more about upcoming 2016/17 prescribed fires.

Performance in the Park – June 10 & 11

Cascade Gardens in Banff National Park will set the stage for a weekend of incredible live music and spectacular scenery on June 10 and 11. The ticketed event will showcase an all-star Canadian lineup: STARS with BAHAMAS and HEY ROSETTA! with SHAD and JENN GRANT. Ticket information