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Banff National Park

Driving
Statistically, it's the most dangerous activity in the park.

Where to Drive | Rules and Regulations | Safety

Where to Drive

Banff National Park is the perfect place for a driving tour. Here's a list of some places to start out: 10 Things You Have to See in Banff National Park

Rules and Regulations

  • Obey posted speed limits: 90 km/hr max (56 mph) on major routes and 60 km/hr max (37 mph) on secondary roads.
  • Snow tires or chains are required by law for travel on Hwy #93N / Icefields Parkway and Hwy #93S (Banff-Windermere Highway in Banff National Park and Kootenay National Park) between November 1 and March 31 or any other period during which the highway is covered with snow or ice.

About Snow Tires

Alberta Motor Association
British Columbia Ministry of Transport

Safety

Mountain National Parks Road Conditions Report

  • Make allowances for other drivers, who may be in a hurry, lost, or distracted by the scenery.
  • Be prepared for a variety of conditions; it may snow in summer at higher elevations.
  • Slow down in bad weather or stop somewhere safe and wait it out.
  • Watch out for cyclists. They may be difficult to see, especially from an RV. Do not drive on the road shoulder.
  • Watch out for black ice, especially on bridges and near water.
  • The use of cruise control is not recommended.
  • It is a good idea to equip your car with a shovel, flashlight, blanket, food and extra warm clothing.
  • Cell phone reception outside of townsites is unreliable.

Wildlife

Wildlife Watching

  • Be especially cautious at dusk and dawn, when many animals are most active, and visibility is poor.
  • If you see an animal by the road slow down and warn other motorists by flashing your hazard lights.
  • Where there is one animal, expect others nearby.
  • Wildlife may be on or near any park road. Roadside fencing does not keep all wildlife off the road.