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Banff National Park

Information for Visitors 

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Traffic Advisory - Make the most of your long weekend

Heavy traffic is expected in the Lake Louise and Moraine Lake areas. Parking availability will be extremely limited.

The best time to explore Moraine Lake and the Lake Louise shoreline is early morning and late afternoon. In the early hours, enjoy serene waters, crisp fresh air and the sounds of nature. Late afternoon brings out the warm colours of the mountains just before the sun sets.
From 1 – 4 p.m. Lake Louise Drive and Moraine Lake Road will experience significant delays due to high traffic volumes. If you are looking to explore the park, check out these locations:

  • Take a leisurely drive down the Bow Valley Parkway for the best place to view wildlife. 
  • Ride by gondola to the summit of Mt Whitehorn, take in the view or journey on a short hike for vistas of peaks and glaciers. 
  • Stroll the shops at Lake Louise village, picnic along the rushing waters of the Bow River, or explore the easy interpretive hike down Louise Creek 
  • Venture on mountain bikes along the gentle riverside of the Bow River Loop trail - a great activity for families! 
  • Cruise along the world’s most spectacular roadway, the Icefields Parkway, for nature’s display of dramatic mountains, ancient glaciers, broad sweeping valleys and emerald green lakes 
  • Venture to Yoho National Park to canoe the turquoise waters of Emerald Lake, gaze upon spectacular Takakkaw Falls, and explore the charming Village of Field. Only 30 minutes west of Lake Louise.


Draft Site Guidelines for the Lake Louise Ski Area

Parks Canada is inviting you to comment on the draft Lake Louise Ski Area Site Guidelines for Development and Use and its associated draft Strategic Environmental Assessment. The public comment period is from June 1 through June 21, 2015. Please submit your comments by the end of this period.


Plains Bison Reintroduction

On Friday, March 6, 2015, Mr. Blake Richards, Member of Parliament for Wild Rose, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, announced an initiative that would see the historic return of the plains bison to Banff National Park. This investment is designed to support Canada’s National Conservation Plan (NCP). Plains Bison Reintroduction