ATTENTION: There are closures and restrictions in place to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Please review these changes before visiting the park.

Important information

Please be aware that your experience in Banff National Park will differ from previous years. Only places and activities where health and safety risks can be managed will be available for visitation. We are asking visitors to be cautious and conservative in their use of these places, to observe travel restrictions, respect closures, follow the guidance of public health experts, and to make every effort to keep one another safe.

Be extra cautious when engaging in any activities to avoid injury and/or getting lost to help minimize the demands placed on emergency response, search and rescue teams, and on the health care system.

CAUTION! Avalanche danger

You are responsible for your own safety. Check the Avalanche Bulletin for the latest conditions.


Vehicle parking is limited to designated areas only. Roadside parking is prohibited. Signage and monitoring will be used throughout the park to inform the public of parking restrictions and encourage compliance.


Dogs are allowed on all trails in the summer unless otherwise specified in trail restrictions and closures. Refer to the information below to find out about any special restrictions. Keep dogs on leash and under physical control at all times.

 

Wildlife and you

When you see wildlife, give them space for your safety and their survival. If you’re out on the trails, travel in tight groups, stay alert, make noise, carry bear spray and know how to use it.

Know before you go

Closures and restrictions

For a complete list of ongoing closures and restrictions, please visit our Important Bulletins page.

For more information, please contact us:

 Banff: 403-762-1550

 Lake Louise: 403-522-3833

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 Banff Visitor Centre

 Lake Louise Visitor Centre

Town of Banff Area

While on the trails, please behave responsibly and practice physical distancing. Safety is a shared responsibility. Let’s work together to keep Banff National Park safe.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Marsh Loop Good. 24-07-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Frequent Horse Use; Trail details
Easy Fenland Trail Good. 24-07-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Healy Creek Trail Good. 24-07-2021: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Easy Tunnel Campground Loop Good. 24-07-2021: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Easy Banff Legacy Trail: Banff–Banff East Gate Good. 24-07-2021: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Easy Banff Legacy Trail: Vermilion Lakes–Bow Valley Parkway Good. 24-07-2021: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Easy Spray River West Trail Good. 24-07-2021: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Easy Spray River East Trail Good. 24-07-2021: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Trail Good. 24-07-2021: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Goat Creek Trail Good. 24-07-2021: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Mountain Summit Trail Good. 24-07-2021: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Westside Trail Closed. 24-07-2021: Closed until further notice; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Moderate Sundance Canyon Trail Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Surprise Corner to Hoodoos Trail Good. 24-07-2021: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Cascade Amphitheatre Trail Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Upper Stoney Trail Good. 24-07-2021: Trail is in good condition; Trail details

Lake Minnewanka Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Legacy Trail to Cascade Ponds Good. 24-07-2021: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Easy Minnewanka Road Good. 24-07-2021: Wildlife corridor; No parking on roadways, or highways; Trail details
Easy Johnson Lake Loop Good. 24-07-2021: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Easy Cascade Ponds Loop Good. 24-07-2021: Trail is in good condition;  
Easy Water Tower Trail Good. 24-07-2021: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Easy Lower Bankhead Interpretive Trail Good. 24-07-2021: Trail is in good condition;  
Easy Stewart Canyon Trail Good. 24-07-2021: Trail is in good condition; Respect all posted notices and signs; Trail details
Moderate C-Level Cirque Trail Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Lake Minnewanka Trail: Stewart Canyon–Aylmer Pass Junction Travel restriction. 24-07-2021: Trail is in good condition; Respect all posted notices and signs; Trail details
Moderate Lake Minnewanka Trail: Aylmer Pass Junction–Devil's Gap Travel restriction. 24-07-2021: Numerous trees down on trail; Mainly dry; Respect all posted notices and signs; Trail details
Difficult Aylmer Lookout Trail Travel restriction. 24-07-2021: Trail is in good condition; Respect all posted notices and signs; Trail details
Difficult Aylmer Pass Trail Travel restriction. 24-07-2021: Trail is in good condition; Respect all posted notices and signs; Trail details

Cascade/Sawback Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Cascade Valley Trail: Trailhead–Cascade River bridge Good. 24-07-2021: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Easy Cascade Valley Trail: Cascade River bridge–Stoney Creek Good. 24-07-2021: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Edith Pass Trail Good. 24-07-2021: Bridge(s) out; Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Elk Lake Trail Fair. 17-07-2021: Bridge(s) out; Wet and muddy sections;  
Moderate Forty Mile Creek Trail Good. 11-07-2021: Wet and muddy sections;  
Moderate Ink Pots–Luellen Lake Fair. 26-07-2021: Trail washed out in sections; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details

Bow Valley/Castle Junction Area

The Bow Valley Parkway will continue to limit vehicles on the 17 km section of the Bow Valley Parkway from Fireside Day Use area to Johnston Canyon for July and August, to enhance the road cycling experience. There is vehicle access to Johnston Canyon via Castle Junction. www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/activ/cyclisme-biking/saisonintermediaire-shoulderseason

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Difficult Cory Pass Loop Good. 24-07-2021: Bridge(s) out; Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Bow Valley Parkway (Eastern section of the road) Good. 24-07-2021: Walk or bike in access only, road closed to vehicles; Wildlife corridor; Respect all posted notices and signs; No parking on roadways, or highways; Trail details
Moderate Bourgeau Lake Trail: Trailhead–Bourgeau Lake Good. 24-07-2021: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Bourgeau Lake Trail: Bourgeau Lake–Harvey Pass Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Snow patches; Trail details
Easy Boom Lake Trail Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Johnston Canyon Trail Good. 24-07-2021: Respect all posted notices and signs; Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Ink Pots Trail Good. 24-07-2021: Respect all posted notices and signs; Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Silverton Falls Trail Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Rockbound Lake Trail Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Vista Lake / Arnica Lake / Twin Lakes Trail: Trailhead–Vista Lake Good. 24-07-2021: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Vista Lake / Arnica Lake / Twin Lakes Trail: Vista Lake–Arnica Lake Good. 24-07-2021: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Vista Lake / Arnica Lake / Twin Lakes Trail: Arnica Lake–Twin Lakes Fair. 24-07-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Castle Lookout Fair. 24-07-2021: Trail washed out in sections; Use caution; Trail details
Moderate Smith Lake Trail Good. 17-07-2021: Wet and muddy sections;  
Moderate Twin Lakes Trail Good. 17-07-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details

Lake Louise Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Louise Creek Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Bow River Loop Partially Closed 24-07-2021: Bears frequenting the area; Respect all posted notices and signs; Trail details
Easy Lake Louise Lakeshore Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Tramline Trail Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Great Divide Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry;  
Moderate Lake Agnes Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Stay on trail; Trail details
Moderate Big Beehive Lookout Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Stay on trail; Trail details
Moderate Little Beehive Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Stay on trail; Trail details
Moderate Mirror Lake Highline Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Stay on trail;  
Moderate Big Beehive to Plain of Six Glacier Trail Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Stay on trail; Trail details
Moderate Plain of Six Glaciers Trail Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Stay on trail; Trail details
Difficult Fairview Mountain Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Stay on trail; Trail details
Moderate Highline/Plain of Six Glaciers Connector Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Stay on trail; Trail details
Easy Fairview Lookout Fair. 24-07-2021: Deadfall on trail; Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Saddleback trail Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Stay on trail; Trail details
Difficult Sheol/Paradise Connector Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Stay on trail; Trail details
Difficult Ross Lake Trail Caution 24-07-2021: Be careful fording rivers and streams; Mainly dry; Trail details
Difficult Taylor Lake Fair. 24-07-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Deadfall on trail; Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Pipestone Fair. 24-07-2021: Deadfall on trail; Mainly dry; Trail details

Paradise Valley Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Lake Annette Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Trail details
Difficult Sentinel Pass - Paradise Valley Trail Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Route finding skills essential; Trail details
Moderate Paradise Valley and Giant Steps Good. 24-07-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Stay on trail; Trail details

Moraine Lake Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Consolation Lakes Trail Fair. 24-07-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Stay on designated trails and viewpoints; Trail details
Difficult Moraine Lake Highline Fair. 24-07-2021: Deadfall on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Moraine Lakeshore Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Stay on trail; Trail details
Easy Rockpile Viewpoint Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Stay on trail;  
Moderate Eiffel Lake Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Stay on trail; Trail details
Moderate Larch Valley/Minnestimma Lake Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Stay on trail; Trail details
Difficult Sentinel Pass Trail Fair. 24-07-2021: Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Snow patches; Mainly dry; Stay on trail; Trail details
Difficult Wenkchemna Pass Fair. 24-07-2021: Snow patches; Route finding skills essential; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Mainly dry; Trail details

Skoki Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Baker Lake Trail Good. 24-07-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Mainly dry; Stay on trail; Trail details
Difficult Hidden Lake Good. 24-07-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Mainly dry; Stay on trail; Trail details
Difficult Boulder Pass Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Stay on trail; Trail details
Route Skoki Loop Good. 24-07-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Mainly dry; Stay on trail; Trail details
Difficult Deception Pass Trail Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Stay on trail; Trail details

Icefields Parkway Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Mosquito Creek Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry;  
Difficult Molar Pass Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Stay on trail; Trail details
Difficult North Molar Pass Trail Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Stay on trail; Trail details
Moderate Helen Lake Caution 24-07-2021: Stream crossings; Mainly dry; Stay on designated trails and viewpoints; Trail details
Moderate Bow Glacier Falls Trail Good. 24-07-2021: Extensive trail erosion; Mainly dry; Stay on designated trails and viewpoints; Trail details
Moderate Peyto Lake Trail Closed. 24-07-2021: Construction work in progress; Respect all posted notices and signs; No parking on roadways, highways or trail heads; Trail details
Easy Bow Summit Lookout Closed. 24-07-2021: Construction work in progress; Respect all posted notices and signs; No parking on roadways, highways or trail heads; Trail details
Moderate Chephren LakeTrail Good. 24-07-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Mainly dry; Stay on trail; Trail details
Moderate Cirque Lake Trail Good. 24-07-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Mainly dry; Stay on trail; Trail details
Difficult Glacier Lake Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Mistaya Canyon Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Stay on trail;  
Difficult Sarbach Lookout Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Stay on trail; Trail details
Easy Howse River Lookout Trail Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Stay on trail;  
Moderate Sunset Lookout Trail Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Sunset Pass Trail Fair. 24-07-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Route finding may be necessary; Trail details
Moderate Nigel Pass Caution 24-07-2021: Stream crossings; Deadfall on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Difficult Parker Ridge Good. 24-07-2021: Mainly dry; Stay on designated trails and viewpoints; Trail details