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August Long Weekend 2015

Visiting Banff National Park this Long Weekend? Check Out These Hidden Gems!

Banff area
Within the Town of Banff downtown area, it is most easy to enjoy a visit when you park your car or RV and walk or bicycle around town. For areas near the downtown, take Roam public transit. It’s just easier!

Lake Louise area
Visitors who are travelling to the Lake Louise and Moraine Lake areas should expect delays due to limited parking during peak travel hours. For best enjoyment arrive before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m. to avoid delays and road restrictions.

Shuttle Bus to Moraine Lake
Parks Canada is pleased to offer a free return shuttle service from the Lake Louise Overflow Parking Lot to the Moraine Lake Parking Lot on
August 1, 2, 3. Shuttle Schedule

Fire Ban in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks has been lifted - July 17, 2015

Due to the recent rain and cooler temperatures, the fire ban in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks has been lifted effective July 17, 2015. The fire ban in Jasper, Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks were lifted earlier this week.

NOTE: The fire ban in Redstreak campground in Kootenay National Park remains in place due to dry conditions and in support of a province-wide fire ban within the area.

Fires are now permitted in designated fire pits in campgrounds and day-use areas, and within designated metal fire rings in the backcountry of Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks.

Snarl Peak Wildfire - July 17, 2015

July 14, 2015

What’s happening:

On July 14, a lightning-caused wildfire was spotted on the north slopes of Snarl Peak in Banff National Park, approximately 80 km north of the Town of Banff in a remote area of the Clearwater River valley. The current size of the fire is approximately 400 hectares.

Over the last 24 hours the fire has received a total of 10 mm of rain. Cooler temperatures and additional rain in the forecast has slowed the growth of the fire for the time being.

Crews will continue working on containment lines during this period of lower fire behaviour. Sprinkler lines are being set up to prevent the spread of fire further down the valley and onto neighbouring provincial lands. Fire crews will continue removing fuel (trees, dead down wood) to prevent further spread of the fire. Parks Canada will continue to monitor the weather and fire behaviour.


An area closure is in place until further notice from the lower Clearwater River valley from Roaring Creek/Martin Lake junction on the west to the eastern park boundary near Indianhead creek on the east.

Please check the following website for the most current closure information

Additional information

  • The first priority of the Parks Canada Agency Fire Management program is to ensure public safety and to protect natural and cultural values at risk. The program is also designed to restore and maintain the ecological condition of the park ecosystem.
  • Although the fire is in a remote region of the park, motorists may see helicopters and fire crews in the area and occasional localized smoke.
  • The fire ban has been lifted for Banff National Park effective July 17, 2015.

Next update: As new information is available.

Park visitors are reminded to report all wildfires in Banff, Yoho or Kootenay national park by calling Banff Dispatch at 403-762-4506, or 911.

Fire Communications Officer, Banff Field Unit