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 Bad. 17-09-2021: Frequent Horse Use; Wet and muddy sections; Flooded sections; Trail details
Easy Fenland Trail Fair. 17-09-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Healy Creek Trail Fair. 17-09-2021: Frequent Horse Use; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Tunnel Campground Loop Good. 17-09-2021: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Easy Banff Legacy Trail: Banff–Banff East Gate Good. 17-09-2021: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Easy Banff Legacy Trail: Vermilion Lakes–Bow Valley Parkway Good. 17-09-2021: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Easy Spray River West Trail Good. 17-09-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Spray River East Trail Good. 17-09-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Trail Good. 17-09-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Goat Creek Trail Good. 17-09-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Mountain Summit Trail Good. 17-09-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Westside Trail Closed. 17-09-2021: Closed until further notice; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Moderate Sundance Canyon Trail Good. 17-09-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Surprise Corner to Hoodoos Trail Good. 17-09-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Cascade Amphitheatre Trail Good. 17-09-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Upper Stoney Trail Good. 17-09-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details

Lake Minnewanka Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Legacy Trail to Cascade Ponds Good. 17-09-2021: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Easy Johnson Lake Loop Good. 17-09-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Cascade Ponds Loop Good. 17-09-2021: Wet and muddy sections;  
Easy Water Tower Trail Good. 17-09-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Lower Bankhead Interpretive Trail Good. 17-09-2021: Wet and muddy sections;  
Easy Stewart Canyon Trail Good. 17-09-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate C-Level Cirque Trail Good. 17-09-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Lake Minnewanka Trail: Stewart Canyon–Aylmer Pass Junction Good. 17-09-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Lake Minnewanka Trail: Aylmer Pass Junction–Devil's Gap Good. 17-09-2021: Numerous trees down on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Difficult Aylmer Lookout Trail Good. 17-09-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Difficult Aylmer Pass Trail Good. 17-09-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details

Cascade/Sawback Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Cascade Valley Trail: Trailhead–Cascade River bridge Good. 17-09-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Cascade Valley Trail: Cascade River bridge–Stoney Creek Good. 17-09-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Edith Pass Trail Fair. 17-09-2021: Bridge(s) out; Numerous trees down on trail; Trail details
Moderate Elk Lake Trail Fair. 18-09-2021: Bridge(s) out; Wet and muddy sections;  
Moderate Forty Mile Creek Trail Fair. 18-09-2021: Wet and muddy sections;  
Moderate Ink Pots–Luellen Lake Fair. 18-09-2021: Trail washed out in sections; Deadfall on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details

Bow Valley/Castle Junction Area

The Bow Valley Parkway is open to vehicle traffic.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Difficult Cory Pass Loop Fair. 18-09-2021: Bridge(s) out; Hazardous trees; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Bourgeau Lake Trail: Trailhead–Bourgeau Lake Fair. 18-09-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Bourgeau Lake Trail: Bourgeau Lake–Harvey Pass Fair. 18-09-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Boom Lake Trail Water on trail in some sections. 18-09-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Johnston Canyon Trail Good. 18-09-2021: Respect all posted notices and signs; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Ink Pots Trail Good. 18-09-2021: Respect all posted notices and signs; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Silverton Falls Trail Caution 18-09-2021: Use caution; Stay on trail; Trail details
Moderate Rockbound Lake Trail Fair. 18-09-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Vista Lake / Arnica Lake / Twin Lakes Trail: Trailhead–Vista Lake Fair. 18-09-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Vista Lake / Arnica Lake / Twin Lakes Trail: Vista Lake–Arnica Lake Fair. 18-09-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Vista Lake / Arnica Lake / Twin Lakes Trail: Arnica Lake–Twin Lakes Fair. 18-09-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Castle Lookout Fair. 18-09-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Smith Lake Trail Fair. 18-09-2021: Wet and muddy sections;  
Moderate Twin Lakes Trail Wet and muddy sections. 18-09-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details

Lake Louise Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Louise Creek Good. 15-09-2021: Attention: It's berry season. Bear encounters are possible; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Bow River Loop Good. 15-09-2021: Bears frequenting the area; Respect all posted notices and signs; Attention: It's berry season. Bear encounters are possible; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Lake Louise Lakeshore Good. 15-09-2021: Attention: It's berry season. Bear encounters are possible; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Tramline Trail Good. 15-09-2021: Attention: It's berry season. Bear encounters are possible; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Great Divide Good. 15-09-2021: Attention: It's berry season. Bear encounters are possible; Wet and muddy sections;  
Moderate Lake Agnes Good. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Big Beehive Lookout Caution 15-09-2021: Extensive trail erosion; Stay on designated trails and viewpoints; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Little Beehive Good. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Mirror Lake Highline Good. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ;  
Moderate Big Beehive to Plain of Six Glacier Trail Good. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Plain of Six Glaciers Trail Good. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Difficult Fairview Mountain Fair. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Highline/Plain of Six Glaciers Connector Good. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Easy Fairview Lookout Good. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Saddleback trail Good. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Difficult Sheol/Paradise Connector Good. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Difficult Ross Lake Trail Caution 15-09-2021: Be careful fording rivers and streams; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Difficult Taylor Lake Good. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Pipestone Good. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details

Paradise Valley Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Lake Annette Good. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Difficult Sentinel Pass - Paradise Valley Trail Good. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Paradise Valley and Giant Steps Good. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details

Moraine Lake Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Consolation Lakes Trail Fair. 15-09-2021: Extensive trail erosion; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Difficult Moraine Lake Highline Fair. 15-09-2021: Extensive trail erosion; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Moraine Lakeshore Good. 15-09-2021: Stay on designated trails and viewpoints; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Rockpile Viewpoint Good. 15-09-2021: Stay on designated trails and viewpoints; Wet and muddy sections;  
Moderate Eiffel Lake Good. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Larch Valley/Minnestimma Lake Fair. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Difficult Sentinel Pass Trail Fair. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Difficult Wenkchemna Pass Fair. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details

Skoki Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Baker Lake Trail Fair. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Difficult Hidden Lake Fair. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Difficult Boulder Pass Fair. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Route Skoki Loop Fair. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Difficult Deception Pass Trail Fair. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details

Icefields Parkway Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Mosquito Creek Fair. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ;  
Difficult Molar Pass Fair. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Difficult North Molar Pass Trail Fair. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Helen Lake Caution 15-09-2021: Stream crossings; Stay on designated trails and viewpoints; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Bow Glacier Falls Trail Fair. 15-09-2021: Extensive trail erosion; Stay on designated trails and viewpoints; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Peyto Lake Trail Closed. 05-09-2021: 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. 05-09-2021: Construction work in progress; Respect all posted notices and signs; No parking on roadways, highways or trail heads; Trail details
Moderate Chephren LakeTrail Fair. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Cirque Lake Trail Fair. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Difficult Glacier Lake Fair. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Mistaya Canyon Good. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections;  
Difficult Sarbach Lookout Good. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Howse River Lookout Trail Good. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ;  
Moderate Sunset Lookout Trail Good. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Sunset Pass Trail Fair. 15-09-2021: Route finding skills essential; Trail overgrown with vegetation; Attention: It's berry season. Bear encounters are possible; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Nigel Pass Caution 15-09-2021: Stream crossings; Deadfall on trail; Attention: It's berry season. Bear encounters are possible; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Difficult Parker Ridge Fair. 15-09-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details