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Banff National Park

Seasonal Closures and Restrictions

This listing shows planned closures and restrictions in Banff National Park. It is designed to help you plan your trip and provide additional information. Where there are no dates marked, closures or restrictions will fall sometime during the time period specified.

Note: Closures and restrictions may happen at any time, in any location and without prior notice. See the Important Bulletins page for a current listing.

Where Activity  When Why Closure  Restriction 
Moraine Lake Road Driving Early Fall to late Spring Avalanche Risk
X
 
Bow Valley Parkway (1A) (17-km section east of Johnston Canyon Campground only) Driving March 1 - June 25 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. To give the animals the space they need to thrive during the spring; at crucial times of the day and year
X
 
Western section of the Lake Minnewanka Loop Road Driving November to April To reduce the level of human activity adjacent to an important wildlife corridor
X
  
The Banff Legacy Trail Hiking / Biking Early fall to early spring The trail is not cleared of snow and ice in the winter. With large sections of the trail exposed to highway maintenance debris, travel is dangerous.
X
  
Lake Minnewanka - Sheep Point  All use Spring For park resource management purposes 
X
 
Spray River Valley All use April 15-November 15 Wildlife activity in this area cannot be disturbed by human presence
X
 
Fairholme Range Ecologically Sensitive Site Hiking Year-round To protect the largest intact block of montane habitat in the park.
X
 
Allenby Pass Seasonal Trail Restriction  Hiking August 1 - September 30 To minimize disturbance to bears feeding on berries.  
X
Lake Minnewanka Seasonal Trail Restriction Hiking / Biking July 10 - September 15 To minimize disturbance to bears feeding on berries.    
X
Moraine Lake Area Group Access Hiking / Horseback Riding July - October Grizzly bears frequenting the area.  
X
Lake Louise Cross Country ski trails Cross-country skiing November 1 - April 30 Dogs are not allowed on track set ski trails marked in red  
X
Moraine Lake Highline Trail All use Summer Closed for seasonal bear food availability (berries)
X
 
Healy Pass/Sunshine Meadows Area         Horseback Riding Spring-Fall Horse use is restricted to prevent damage to sensitive alpine meadows  
X