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 (snowflake icon on sidewall) 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. All season tires are not adequate.

Safety

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  • 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.