The world-class scenery of Banff National Park makes it an outstanding location for your wedding ceremony.

Within the national park boundaries, there are special conditions associated with having a wedding ceremony. Organizers must complete a registration form to ensure their recognition of these special conditions. Parks Canada appreciates your support in helping to ensure the long-term conservation of Banff National Park’s resources for future generations.

 

Conditions for wedding ceremonies

Parks Canada requires all visitors to follow the health guidelines of Alberta Health regarding group and public gatherings. For more information, refer to the Alberta Health Services website. To minimize the impact of your ceremony on the natural setting as well as respecting other visitors’ experiences:

  • A maximum of 20 participants may attend the ceremony.
  • Wedding participants are required to comply with national park regulations at all times.
  • Props, if used, are to be limited to a small registration table, chairs and wedding arch.
  • Tents or temporary shelters are not permitted.
  • Opt for quiet music options such as a guitar, flute or harp.
  • Gas-powered generators, excessive noise, unruly behaviour, loud music or P.A./amplification systems are not permitted.
  • Choose a less popular location, or a time earlier or later in the day to avoid congestion.
  • Keep vehicular traffic to a minimum (carpool or use public/group transportation).
  • Park in designated lots only.

All activities and events within national parks are subject to the Canada National Park Act which is aimed at conserving the national resources of the park while providing opportunities for all visitors to connect with nature. As such, the following regulations must be met:

  • The park is a public place. Exclusive rights to an area are not permitted. Areas cannot be cordoned off for personal use.
  • All participants must possess a valid national park entry pass. Passes can be purchased online, at any park gate or Parks Canada visitor centre.
  • All businesses, including wedding photographers, operating within the national park requires a business licence. Contact banffrealty-immobiliers@pc.gc.ca to obtain a business licence application.
  • The event must comply with Alberta’s Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act, open alcohol is prohibited in public places.
  • Wedding participants must not disturb the park’s natural and cultural resources. Do not tie anything to trees or existing infrastructure.
  • Take only photographs. It is illegal to pick flowers, mushrooms, cut down trees, branches, remove rocks, cultural artifacts or otherwise cause damage to natural objects or living things.
  • Wildlife attractants must not be left unattended at any time; this includes all scented items - food, garbage, recycling, coolers, candles etc.
  • Day-use areas are open from 7:00 - 23:00 daily.

Prohibited activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Throwing of confetti (natural or synthetic). This includes paper, rice, eco-alternatives, flower petals or leaves etc.
  • Use of drones
  • Off-roading to access the site
  • Use of pyrotechnics
  • Release of live animals (e.g. doves, butterflies etc.)
  • Overnighting at day-use areas

A thorough clean up of the site is required immediately after the event. The organizer accepts full responsibility for any incidents, and/or costs of clean up or site rehabilitation resulting from the event.

Parking at popular destinations fills quickly. For real-time updates on parking and traffic, visit BanffNow.

At locations with designated fire rings or cook shelters, wood is subject to availability and the collection of deadfall is prohibited. Visit our picnicking page for more information.

Organizers should check the Important Bulletins for any closures, or restrictions that may impact access to their desired location. Alternatively, call the Visitor Centre at 403-762-1550 for more information.

For information on weddings within the Town of Banff, visit https://banff.ca/666/Weddings.

Banff National Park Application Form

The information you are providing on this form is solely used for administrative purposes. Please read, sign and return the completed registration form by email to banffadministration@pc.gc.ca or by mail to:

Parks Canada

PO Box 900

Banff, Alberta

T1L 1K2

For more information, call 403 762-1500.

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