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Banff National Park

Four young snoeshoers near Castle Mountain
© Parks Canada / Craig Douce


Rocky Mountain scenery and abundant wildlife – from bighorn sheep to bears - are the star attractions of Banff National Park. Plunge into the Rockies on foot or by bike on an expansive network of trails. Drive past crystalline lakes and glaciers on hundreds of kilometres of paved scenic parkways or get back to nature at 14 diverse campgrounds. History lovers can explore national historic sites, while winter brings skiing, snowshoeing and sightseeing.

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Walking, snowshoeing or tobogganing? You don’t need to venture far to be in avalanche terrain. Not all signed trails are safe for winter travel. November through June, check the Winter Trails Map for safe and fun options, or contact any Parks Canada Visitor Centre.

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Contact Banff / Lake Louise Tourism for information about commercial guided tours, attractions, equipment rentals, dining or accommodation. Private licensed guides are available through the Interpretive Guides Association or the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides.

Prohibited Activities

In Canada, national parks enjoy special protections that may differ from other protected places. Please know “what not to do” in a national park:

  • Littering and feeding or approaching wildlife 
  • Collecting natural objects (e.g. wildflowers, rocks, mushrooms, berries) or cultural objects (e.g. arrowheads) 
  • Using drones (i.e. unmanned air vehicles) without a permit
  • Hunting or using weapons (e.g. firearms, pellet or BB guns, airsoft, paintball, archery, slingshots) 
  • Transporting loaded or unsecured firearms (see firearms transport regulations). 
  • Snowmobiling and ice fishing 
  • Motorized boats (except Lake Minnewanka), personal watercraft, water skiing 
  • Motorized off-road traveling 
  • Paragliding, parachuting and hang-gliding

National Park Acts, Regulations and Guidelines