Picnicking in Banff National Park
|Day-use areas||Location||Services and activities|
|Cascade Ponds||Lake Minnewanka Loop|
|Johnson Lake||Lake Minnewanka Loop|
|Two-Jack Lake||Lake Minnewanka Loop|
|Lake Minnewanka||Lake Minnewanka Loop|
|Upper Bankhead||Lake Minnewanka Loop|
|Fenland||Town of Banff Area|
|*Sundance Canyon||Town of Banff Area|
|**Fireside||Bow Valley Parkway|
|**Muleshoe||Bow Valley Parkway|
|**Sawback||Bow Valley Parkway|
|Boom Lake Trailhead||Highway 93 South|
|Storm Mountain||Bow Valley Parkway|
|Baker Creek||Bow Valley Parkway|
|Corral Creek||Bow Valley Parkway|
|Taylor Lake||Trans-Canada Highway|
|Bow River Canoe Launch||Trans-Canada Highway (Westbound access only)|
|Moraine Lake||Lake Louise|
|Herbert Lake||Icefields Parkway|
|Bow Lake Picnic Site||Icefields Parkway|
|Saskatchewan Crossing||Icefields Parkway|
|Coleman Flats||Icefields Parkway|
Kitchen shelters are equipped with wood stove. All cooking shelters are closed.
Firepits: fires permitted only in metal fire rings provided or cook stove
Only use firewood provided. Do not use deadwood or bring any wood from elsewhere.
Accessible by Roam Public Transit seasonally.
Accessible by Parks Canada Shuttle seasonally.
Interpretive trail in the area
Water body access
* Walk-in day-use area, 3.5 km from the trailhead at Cave and Basin National Historic Site
** Private motor vehicle access may be restricted on portions of the Bow Valley Parkway as a COVID mitigation or to protect wildlife Find out about the current status.
Parking lots at day-use areas fill quickly. Park only in designated lots, not along the road. Check BanffNow for real-time parking status or transit and shuttle options.
While these day-use areas are not closed in the winter, some might have limited access and services due to snow. Visit the Banff or Lake Louise visitor centres for more information and more picnic areas to enjoy.
Keep fires small
Fires must be contained within the metal fire ring and cook stoves provided. Random fires and rock rings are not allowed. To reduce the negative impact of campfires on the environment, keep your fires to a reasonable size.
Use firewood provided
Transporting wood from elsewhere may spread invasive insects and disease. Do not use deadwood, bark or branches for fuel or burn food or garbage. Use an axe to make your own kindling from the firewood provided.
Never leave a fire unattended
Campfires are permitted from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Fires must be attended at all times, and completely extinguished before leaving the area. Bring your own bucket to fill with water and use the soak, stir, soak method to extinguish your fire.
Cook on a personal propane stove
We strongly recommend the use of personal propane stoves for cooking. You may also use the provided metal fire rings or wood stove when available on site. Charcoal barbeques and hibachis are permitted: ensure ashes are cold and discard into a garbage bin or firepit when finished.
Never leave food unattended
When you are done cooking or eating at your picnic table, all food, food-related and scented items MUST be stored in a hard-sided vehicle. Items such as coolers and cook stoves must be properly stored when unattended.
Do not litter
Ensure all garbage and recycling are disposed in wildlife-proof bins immediately or pack out any unwanted items.
Do not feed wildlife
Wildlife quickly find any food, scented items or garbage that is left unattended. Eating these unnatural foods teaches wildlife to approach people. Once wildlife develops a taste for human food, they often become aggressive in their search for more.
For other regulations related to picnicking, see the regulations page.