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Information for Visitors

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A number of roads and facilities in Banff National Park will be under construction this fall. For information and to help plan your trip, please visit: Construction Projects

White-tailed ptarmigan at Bow Lake

White-tailed ptarmigan

Did you know that ptarmigan burrow under the snow to keep warm? Please snowshoe around the Bow Lake lakeshore only. Leave the meadows and the parking area for ptarmigan. They need some soft, undisturbed snow for winter shelter. Thank you!

Johnston Canyon Trail Now Open

Rehabilitation work on the Johnston Canyon trail and parking lot are now complete and are once again open to the public. The rehabilitation work on the Johnston Canyon trail included; trail surface repair, railing replacement, rock and slope stabilization, tree/deadfall removal and retaining and rock wall construction. 

Sing-Along Concert with the Bow Valley Chorus
Sing-Along Concert with the Bow Valley Chorus

Ring in the holiday season with song, under the full moon on the historic pool deck at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site. Join the Bow Valley Chorus on Sunday, December 4, 2016, to hear Handel’s Messiah and other favourite holiday carols. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., concert from 5 – 6 p.m (song books provided). Cash admission is $3.90, $3.40 for seniors and $1.90 for youth, or bring toy donations to Santa’s Anonymous. Please dress for the weather.

Mountains 101: a free online learning experience

Parks Canada is proud to partner with the University of Alberta, a leader in education and research, to support Mountains 101: Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that will provide a comprehensive overview of mountain studies.

Mountains 101 will inspire Canadians to learn and explore Canada’s mountain heritage throughout the country (including mountain national parks) and to understand how Parks Canada protects, conserves and shares these special places.

To register or for more information, go to the University of Alberta Mountains 101 course web page.

Fall/Winter Fuel Reduction Work


Throughout the winter, Parks Canada fire management personnel will be selectively thinning and limbing vegetation to lower the risk of wildland fire to facilities and the Town of Banff. The safety of people, facilities and surrounding lands is always our highest priority. Debris from these operations will be burned on-site, or removed for disposal. In some locations, residents of the Town of Banff may apply for a permit to collect pre-cut firewood. No firewood can be removed unless a permit has been issued. Permits are available at the Banff Warden Office, 216 Hawk Ave, Banff.

Seasonal Road Closures

Moraine Lake

The following roads are closed to vehicular traffic for the season:

Lake Moraine
Tunnel Mountain Drive
The west-end of the Minnewanka Road

Visitor Centre Hours Change After Labour Day

Banff Information Centre (224 Banff Avenue)
September 6, 2016 to June 16, 2017: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Banff Information Kiosk (327 Railway Avenue)
September 6, 2016 to June 16, 2017: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lake Louise Information Centre (Samson Mall)
September 6 to October 10, 2016: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
October 11, 2016 to April 30, 2017: (Thurs-Sun) 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

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.