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Banff National Park

Information for Visitors 

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There will a number of roads and facilities under construction over the summer. For further information and to help you plan your trip, go to Construction Projects

July 2016

Lake Minnewanka Seasonal Trail Restriction

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From July 10 to September 15, access along the Lake Minnewanka Trail is by group access only. Group access legally requires people to travel in a tight group of four or more.

Group Access applies to: Lake Minnewanka Trail (from Stewart Canyon Bridge to the East Park Boundary), Aylmer Pass Trail, Aylmer Lookout Trail.

  • Hikers - Must hike in tight groups of 4 or more, and carry bear spray at all times.
  • Cyclists - Cycling is not permitted along the Lake Minnewanka Trail during the restriction.
  • Dogs - Dogs are not permitted beyond Stewart Canyon Bridge.

Note: There are other cycling and hiking opportunities within Banff National Park. Refer to the park’s cycling and hiking brochures for detailed trail information. Please check the Trail Conditions Report for current trail conditions and bear updates for wildlife activity.

What’s the importance of group access?

Lake Minnewanka is on the edge of one of three “core areas” for grizzly bears in Banff National Park. These core areas contain critical bear habitat, and a concentration of female grizzlies live and raise their cubs here. Female grizzly bears are dependent upon an important food source, buffaloberries, which grow in abundance here. Surprise bear encounters involving cyclists have occurred along the Minnewanka Trail.

Those who do not comply will be charged under the National Parks Regulations; maximum fine $25, 000.

Thank you for respecting this seasonal trail restriction and for contributing to the long-term health of Banff’s grizzly bear population.

Coming to a Day-Use Area Near You – Picnic Patrollers

For the second year, Picnic Patrollers are on the road and helping visitors keep the park clean and wildlife safe. This team of students patrols day-use areas in the Minnewanka Loop, Tunnel Mountain area and along the Bow Valley Parkway. Need a garbage bag? Have a question why we don’t feed wildlife in the park? The Picnic Patrollers are here to help answer these questions and many more, and help make any visitor's experience in Banff National Park enjoyable and safe.

Summer Programming is Here

Parks Canada's interpretation team has a full menu of programs and activities this summer. Come and join us!

Much to do at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site

In 2015, visitation was up 60% at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site (compared to 2014). In June, visitation increased 48% from the same time last year.

Want to know what all the buzz is about? Visit our events calendar 

Shuttle to Lake Louise
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Free public shuttle at Lake Louise

Weekends from July 1 to September 5, 2016 - A free public shuttle runs to the iconic viewpoint at Lake Louise. Pick up and drop off is from Lake Louise Overflow Camping, 5.5 km east of Lake Louise. Enjoy your trip!

Weekends from September 10 to 25, 2016 - A free public shuttle runs to the Moraine Lake area just in time for larch season. Pick up and drop off is from Lake Louise Overflow Camping, 5.5 km east of Lake Louise. Ride and relax!

Parks Canada is pleased to be working toward comprehensive public transit in the Lake Louise area.

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.