Some Parks Canada places have begun a safe, gradual reopening of some outdoor areas and services, including camping. Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and be well-prepared for their visit. Details here.

Important information

Please be aware that your experience in Banff National Park will differ from years previous. 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.


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. They must be on a leash and under control at all times. Refer to the information below to find out about any special restrictions.

 

Wildlife

Know before you go!

Bears are out of hibernation. If you’re out on the trails, make sure to stay alert, make noise and carry bear spray.

Closures and restrictions

Some secondary roads remain closed including the east section of the Bow Valley Parkway.

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

Town of Banff Area

While on the trails, please behave responsibly and practice physical distancing. Where possible, create two metres distance between you and other people by stepping to the side and not following directly behind the person or group in front of you. Safety is a shared responsibility. Let’s work together to keep Banff National Park safe.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Marsh Loop Mainly Dry. 20-09-2020: Frequent Horse Use; Trail details
Easy Fenland Trail Good. 20-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Healy Creek Trail Good. 20-09-2020: Mainly dry; Frequent Horse Use; Trail details
Easy Tunnel Campground Loop Good. 20-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Banff Legacy Trail: Banff–Banff East Gate Good. 20-09-2020: No parking on roadways, or highways; Trail details
Easy Banff Legacy Trail: Vermilion Lakes–Bow Valley Parkway Good. 20-09-2020: No parking on roadways, or highways; Trail details
Easy Spray River West Trail Good. 20-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Spray River East Trail Good. 20-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Trail Good. 20-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Goat Creek Trail Good. 20-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Westside Trail Good. 20-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Sundance Canyon Trail Good. 20-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Mountain Summit Trail Good. 20-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Surprise Corner to Hoodoos Trail Good. 20-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Banff Avenue Trail Good. 20-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Cascade Amphitheatre Trail Good. 20-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Upper Stoney Trail Good. 20-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details

Lake Minnewanka Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Legacy Trail to Cascade Ponds Good. 20-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Johnson Lake Loop Good. 20-09-2020: Mainly dry; Respect all posted notices and signs; Please follow directional arrows and respect physical distancing; Trail details
Easy Water Tower Trail Good. 20-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Cascade Ponds Loop Good. 20-09-2020: Mainly dry;  
Easy Lower Bankhead Interpretive Trail Good. 20-09-2020: Mainly dry;  
Easy Stewart Canyon Trail Mainly Dry. 20-09-2020: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate C-Level Cirque Trail Mainly Dry. 20-09-2020: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Stewart Canyon–Aylmer Pass Junction Mainly Dry. 20-09-2020: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Difficult Aylmer Lookout Trail Mainly Dry. 20-09-2020: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Difficult Aylmer Pass Trail Mainly Dry. 20-09-2020: Trail is in good condition; Trail details

Bow Valley/Castle Junction Area

The Bow Valley Parkway east of Castle Junction remains closed to vehicle access.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Boom Lake Trail Good. 20-09-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Trailhead–Vista Lake Good. 20-09-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Silverton Falls Trail Road access closed 20-09-2020: No vehicle access; No parking on roadways, highways or trail heads; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Walk or bike in access only, road closed to vehicles; Trail details
Easy Johnston Canyon Trail Road access closed 20-09-2020: No vehicle access; No parking on roadways, highways or trail heads; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Walk or bike in access only, road closed to vehicles; Trail details
Moderate Ink Pots Trail Road access closed 20-09-2020: No vehicle access; No parking on roadways, highways or trail heads; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Walk or bike in access only, road closed to vehicles; Trail details
Moderate Rockbound Lake Trail Road access closed 20-09-2020: No vehicle access; No parking on roadways, highways or trail heads; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Walk or bike in access only, road closed to vehicles; Trail details
Moderate Castle Lookout Good. 20-09-2020: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Trailhead–Bourgeau Lake Good. 20-09-2020: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Difficult Cory Pass Loop Good. 20-09-2020: Bridge(s) out; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details

Egypt Lake Area

Hiking trails in the Sunshine Meadows are accessible via the Healy Pass Trail and temporary washroom facilities are now available in the ski area parking lot. However, please be aware that Sunshine Village Ski Resort facilities are closed to the public for the summer season, including the gondola and standish chair lifts.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Healy Pass Trail Good. 20-09-2020: Fragile alpine vegetation, stay on the trail; Trail details
Moderate Redearth Creek Trail Good. 20-09-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details

Cascade/Sawback Area

The Bow Valley Parkway east of Castle Junction remains closed to vehicle access.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Cascade Valley Trail: Trailhead–Cascade River bridge Good. 20-09-2020: Frequent Horse Use; Trail details
Easy Cascade Valley Trail: Cascade River bridge–Stoney Creek Good. 20-09-2020: Frequent Horse Use; Prescribed fire in area; Smoke may be visible.; Trail details
Moderate Cascade Valley Trail: Stoney Creek–Flint's Park Trail Trail Closed. 20-09-2020: Prescribed fire in area; Trail details
Moderate Edith Pass Trail Good. 20-09-2020: Bridge(s) out; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Moderate Elk Lake Trail Good. 20-09-2020: Frequent Horse Use; Trail details
Moderate Elk Pass Trail Good. 20-09-2020: Frequent Horse Use; Prescribed fire in area; Smoke may be visible.; Trail details
Moderate Forty Mile Creek Trail Good. 20-09-2020: Frequent Horse Use; Prescribed fire in area; Smoke may be visible.; Trail details

Bryant Creek Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Brewster Creek Trail: Brewster Creek Shortcut Fair. 20-09-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Frequent Horse Use; Trail details
Moderate Brewster Creek Trail: Healy–Sundance Lodge Fair. 20-09-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Frequent Horse Use; Trail details
Moderate Brewster Creek Trail: Sundance Lodge–Allenby Pass Not recommended. 20-09-2020: Must be in group of 4 or more; Dogs not allowed; Bear spray required; Frequent Horse Use; Trail details
Moderate Bryant Creek Trail Good. 20-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Burstall Pass Trail Good. 20-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Leeman Lake Trail Good. 20-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Palliser Pass Trail: Burstall Pass Trail Junction–Bryant Creek Trail Junction Good. 20-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Difficult Palliser Pass Trail: Burstall Pass Trail Junction–Palliser Pass Good. 20-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details

Lake Louise Area

Lake Louise parking lot fills up early in the morning. Plan ahead. Please visit https://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/parksnow for parking status updates. Air quality is poor due to wildfires. Check the special air quality statement on https://weather.gc.ca/city/pages/ab-49_metric_e.html

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Bow River Loop Partially Closed 14-09-2020: Attention: It's berry season. Bear encounters are possible; Bears frequenting the area; Trail details
Easy Fairview Lookout Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Louise Creek Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Little Beehive Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Tramline Trail Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Lake Louise Lakeshore Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Great Divide Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry;  
Moderate Lake Agnes Mainly Dry. 14-09-2020: FireSmart vegetation thinning work in progress. Smoke may be visible during burning of debris; Trail details
Moderate Big Beehive Lookout Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Mirror Lake Highline Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry;  
Difficult Taylor Lake Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Big Beehive to Plain of Six Glacier Trail Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Plain of Six Glaciers Trail Mainly Dry. 14-09-2020: FireSmart work in progress, temporary closures may be in effect; FireSmart vegetation thinning work in progress. Smoke may be visible during burning of debris; Trail details
Difficult Fairview Mountain Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Highline/Plain of Six Glaciers Connector Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Saddleback trail Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Difficult Ross Lake Trail Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry; Stream crossings; Trail details
Difficult Sheol/Paradise Connector Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Pipestone Closed. 14-09-2020: Construction work in progress; Trail details

Moraine Lake Area

Moraine Lake parking lot fills up early in the morning. Plan ahead. Please visit https://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/parksnow for parking status updates.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Consolation Lakes Trail Good. 14-09-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Moraine Lakeshore Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Rockpile Viewpoint Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry;  
Moderate Eiffel Lake Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Larch Valley/Minnestimma Lake Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry; Fragile alpine vegetation, stay on the trail; Trail details
Difficult Sentinel Pass Trail Good. 14-09-2020: Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Trail details
Difficult Wenkchemna Pass Good. 14-09-2020: Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Trail details
Difficult Moraine Lake Highline Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details

Paradise Valley Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Lake Annette Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Difficult Sentinel Pass - Paradise Valley Trail Good. 14-09-2020: Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Recommended for experienced hikers only; Trail details
Moderate Paradise Valley and Giant Steps Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details

Skoki Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Baker Lake Trail Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Difficult Hidden Lake Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Difficult Boulder Pass Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Route Skoki Loop Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Difficult Deception Pass Trail Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details

Icefields Parkway Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Bow Summit Lookout Closed for the season. 14-09-2020: Construction work in progress; Respect all posted notices and signs; No parking on roadways, highways or trail heads; Trail details
Moderate Bow Glacier Falls Trail Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry; Wet and muddy sections; Route finding may be necessary; Trail details
Moderate Cirque Lake Trail Fair. 14-09-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Sunset Lookout Trail Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Helen Lake Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry; Wet and muddy sections; Fragile alpine vegetation, stay on the trail; Trail details
Difficult Glacier Lake Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Difficult Molar Pass Good. 14-09-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Fragile alpine vegetation, stay on the trail; Trail details
Difficult North Molar Pass Trail Good. 14-09-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Fragile alpine vegetation, stay on the trail; Trail details
Moderate Parker Ridge Good. 14-09-2020: Fragile alpine vegetation, stay on the trail; Trail details
Difficult Sarbach Lookout Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Peyto Lake Trail Closed for the season. 14-09-2020: Construction work in progress; Respect all posted notices and signs; No parking on roadways, highways or trail heads; Trail details
Moderate Sunset Pass Trail Good. 14-09-2020: Trail overgrown with vegetation; Trail details
Moderate Mosquito Creek Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry;  
Easy Howse River Lookout Trail Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry;  
Moderate Mistaya Canyon Good. 14-09-2020: Mainly dry;  
Moderate Chephren LakeTrail Good. 14-09-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Nigel Pass Good. 15-09-2020: Mainly dry; Stream crossings; Temporary bridge in place; Trail details