ATTENTION: This year due to above average snowpack and a cooler than average spring, winter conditions are lingering in much of Banff National Park at elevations above 2000 metres. This means that you need to come prepared to encounter snow and winter hazards during your reservation that may include;

  • Widespread avalanche hazard on all aspects above 2000 metres
  • Varying levels of snow pack; deep, unsupported snow sections in some locations and times of day that may impede travel.
  • Increased risk of rapid snow melt, flash floods, landslides, and falling rock/snow/ice during heat or rain events.
  • As the snow pack melts, water crossings may become challenging or unsafe for hikers.

You can check the trail report and www.avalanche.ca for the most up to date information on conditions prior to your departure. To change or cancel a reservation, visit reservation.pc.gc.ca or call 1-877-737-3783.

Have back up plans. Be prepared to change your plans at any time during your trip should conditions warrant. Safety is your responsibility.

Banff National Park is a very special place to enjoy a backcountry experience. As a backcountry user, you can access treasured natural wonders not seen by most park visitors—and experience them without the crowds associated with the park’s more accessible attractions.

This section of the Banff National Park website is designed to help you plan a safe and enjoyable visit of Banff National Park’s backcountry, while keeping the natural environment as healthy as possible.

Reserve your backcountry permit:

  • Online 24/7 at: reservation.pc.gc.ca
  • By calling: 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783)