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 not allowed on some of the groomed ski trails. Refer to the information below for restrictions. Keep dogs on leash and under physical control at all times.

 

Wildlife and people

Although bears are denning during the winter, they can awaken at any time for short periods. Cougars, wolves and other wildlife remain active throughout the year. Travel in groups, 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

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Banff Area Cross-Country Ski Trails

Recent tracksetting: – Feb 28 - Cascade Valley Trail (Lake Minnewanka to Upper Bankhead, Lake Minnewanka to Cascade River bridge - 6km, Cascade River bridge to Stoney Creek); Feb 27 - Tunnel Mountain Winter Trails; Feb 27 - Spray River West, Spray River East, Goat Creek; Feb. 25 - Redearth Creek up to Shadow Lake Lodge. Feb 24 - Healy Creek; Feb 16 - Brewster Creek.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Spray River Winter: West Trail Good. 28-02-2021: Double trackset classic and skate; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Easy Spray River Winter: East Trail Good. 28-02-2021: Single trackset classic; Flat packed; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Easy Tunnel Mountain Winter Trails Fair. 01-03-2021: Double trackset classic and skate; Dogs not allowed; Tracks filled in with wind blown snow; Debris on trail; Trail details
Easy Cascade Valley Winter Trail: Lake Minnewanka Parking to Upper Bankhead Good. 26-02-2021: Double trackset classic and skate; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Easy Cascade Valley Winter Trail: Lake Minnewanka Parking to Cascade River Bridge Good. 26-02-2021: Double trackset classic and skate; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Easy Cascade Valley Winter Trail: Cascade River Bridge to Stoney Creek Good. 26-02-2021: Single trackset classic; Flat packed; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Easy Healy Creek Winter Trail Good. 26-02-2021: Single trackset classic; Flat packed; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Moderate Goat Creek Winter Trail Good. 26-02-2021: Single trackset classic; Flat packed; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Moderate Brewster Creek Winter Trail Fair. 26-02-2021: Single trackset classic; Flat packed; Dogs on leash permitted; Fresh snow covering track set; Trail details
Moderate Redearth Creek Winter Trail Good. 26-02-2021: Single trackset classic; Flat packed; Dogs not allowed; Trail details

Banff Area Winter Walking Trails

Bow Valley Parkway: Closed. The Bow Valley Parkway, from the Fireside Day Use area to east of the Rockbound Lake Trailhead, near Castle Junction is closed. The west section of the parkway from Lake Louise to Castle Junction remains open. The additional 6 km of road to access the Johnston Canyon Trailhead from Rockbound Lake Parking lot is NOT RECOMMENDED. Snowplows and other service vehicles active on road.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Marsh Winter Loop Good. 28-02-2021: Partially closed; Compact snow; Trail details
Easy Fenland Winter Trail Some icy sections. 28-02-2021: Please follow directional arrows and respect physical distancing; Snow covered sections; Trail details
Easy Stewart Canyon Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 28-02-2021: Cleats recommended; Compact snow; Trail details
Easy Spray Winter Connector Snow covered with icy sections. 28-02-2021: Cleats recommended; Compact snow; Trail details
Moderate Sundance Canyon Winter Trail Partially closed, check trail details for additional information. 28-02-2021: Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Easy Johnston Canyon Winter Trail Road access closed 28-02-2021: No vehicle access; Respect all posted notices and signs; Pedestrian use of the road is strongly discouraged.; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Mountain Summit Winter Trail Good. 01-03-2021: Cleats recommended; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Winter Trail Good. 28-02-2021: Cleats recommended; Compact snow; Trail details

Banff Area Snowshoeing Trails

Bow Valley Parkway: Closed. The Bow Valley Parkway, from the Fireside Day Use area to east of the Rockbound Lake Trailhead, near Castle Junction is closed. The west section of the parkway from Lake Louise to Castle Junction remains open. The additional 6 km of road to access the Johnston Canyon Trailhead from Rockbound Lake Parking lot is NOT RECOMMENDED. Snowplows and other service vehicles active on road.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Tunnel Mountain Drive - Winter Good. 01-03-2021: Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Compact snow; Trail details
Moderate Surprise Corner to Hoodoos Winter Trail Good. 01-03-2021: Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Compact snow; Trail details
Easy Johnson Lake Winter Trail Good. 28-02-2021: Please follow directional arrows and respect physical distancing; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Compact snow; Trail details
Moderate Upper Stoney Winter Loop Good. 28-02-2021: Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Compact snow; Trail details
Moderate Ink Pots Winter Trail Road access closed 28-02-2021: No vehicle access; Respect all posted notices and signs; Pedestrian use of the road is strongly discouraged.; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Westside Winter Trail Closed. 28-02-2021: Closed until further notice; Respect all posted notices and signs; Trail details

Banff Area Fat Biking Trails

CLOSED: Tunnel Technical trails (Star War, Return of the Jedi, Topp Notch)

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Tunnel Mountain Winter Trails (Multi-use) Fair. 01-03-2021: Studded tires recommended; Trail groomed; Debris on trail; Trail details
Moderate Banff Avenue Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 28-02-2021: Studded tires recommended; Compact snow; Trail details
Easy Spray River East Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 28-02-2021: Flat packed; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Dogs not allowed; Compact snow; Trail details
Easy Sundance Winter Trail Partially closed, check trail details for additional information. 28-02-2021: Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Moderate Lake Minnewanka Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 28-02-2021: Studded tires recommended; Numerous trees down on trail; Compact snow; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Bench Winter Loop Snow covered with icy sections. 28-02-2021: Studded tires recommended; Compact snow; Trail details

Bow Valley Parkway Cross-Country Ski Trails

Recent tracksetting: Feb 27: Castle Junction Cross-country ski trail #1, #2 and #3; from Castle Junction to Castle Mountain Lookout; Baker Creek to Protection Mountain Campground; Protection Mountain Campground to Castle Mountain Lookout.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Baker Creek to Protection Mountain Campground Good. 27-02-2021: Trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Moderate Protection Mountain Campground to Castle Mountain Lookout Good. 27-02-2021: Trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Castle Junction Cross-country Ski Trails: Trail #1 - Castle Junction to Castle Mountain Lookout Good. 27-02-2021: Trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Castle Junction Cross-country Ski Trails: Trail #2 Good. 27-02-2021: Trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Castle Junction Cross-country Ski Trails: Trail #3 Good. 27-02-2021: Trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details

Lake Louise Area Snowshoeing and Winter Hiking Trails

Avalanche risk! When travelling beyond the marked trails, or past an avalanche danger sign, assume that you are in avalanche country - your group should be prepared with the appropriate knowledge, skills and equipment. For more information on winter travel and how to stay safe in the mountains, visit parksmountainsafety.ca

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate "Highline" trail to Paradise Creek Snow covered. 25-02-2021: Avalanche Risk rated as Simple Class 1 terrain - at km 1, the trail crosses the runout zone of an avalanche path which rarely runs; Dogs on leash permitted; Snowshoes recommended; Deadfall on trail; Trail details
Easy Lake Louise Lakeshore Snow covered. 25-02-2021: Dogs on leash permitted; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Fairview Lookout Snow covered. 25-02-2021: Dogs on leash permitted; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Louise Creek Snow covered. 25-02-2021: Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Moderate Mirror Lake, via Lake Agnes Trail Snow covered. 25-02-2021: Avalanche risk: Sections of this trail cross avalanche terrain. Beyond Mirror Lake, the trail is rated as Challenging Class 2 for avalanche exposure and travel requires appropriate avalanche training and equipment; Dogs on leash permitted; Snowshoes recommended; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Trail details
Difficult Taylor Lake Snow covered. 25-02-2021: Dogs on leash permitted; Snowshoes recommended; Trail details
Easy Laggan's Loop Snow covered. 25-02-2021: Dogs on leash permitted; Snowshoes recommended; Trail details

Lake Louise Area Cross-Country Ski Trails

The cross-country ski race "Lake Louise Virtual Loppet 2021" will run from Feb. 20th to March 7th. For information, visit www.calgaryskiclub.org. General Conditions: Good/Fair. Recent tracksetting: Feb. 28: Pipestone; Hector; Drummond; Merlin; Campground Loop; Bow River Loop; Townsite. Feb 27: Great Divide; Lower Telemark; Moraine Lake Rd; Upper & Lower Tramline. Feb 25: Upper Telemark; Peyto. Feb 24: Fairview; Lake Louise surface. Feb 23: Lake Louise Shoreline.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Moraine Lake Road Good. 27-02-2021: Double trackset classic and skate; Avalanche risk: Beyond the viewpoint the trail crosses large avalanche paths.; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Easy Lower Tramline Good. 27-02-2021: Single trackset classic; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Moderate Fairview Loop Good. 24-02-2021: Double trackset classic; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Easy Townsite Good. 28-02-2021: Single trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Upper Tramline Good. 27-02-2021: Single trackset classic; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Moderate Lake Louise Loop Fair. 24-02-2021: Lake Louise Loop is made up of two separately maintained trails: Lake Louise shoreline and Lake Surface ; Lake Louise shoreline - good; Lake Louise surface is fair due to icy and slushy conditions; Trail details
Difficult Upper Telemark Good. 25-02-2021: Double trackset classic; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Easy Great Divide Good. 27-02-2021: Double trackset classic and skate; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Dogs not allowed;  
Moderate Peyto Good. 25-02-2021: Double trackset classic; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Easy Lower Telemark Good. 27-02-2021: Double trackset classic; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Easy Bow River Loop Good. 28-02-2021: Single trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Trail details
Easy Campground Loop Good. 28-02-2021: Double trackset classic and skate; Dogs on leash permitted; Please walk or snowshoe beside tracks set, not on tracks; Trail details
Moderate Pipestone Loop Good. 28-02-2021: Single trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Hector Good. 28-02-2021: Single trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Drummond Good. 28-02-2021: Single trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Merlin Good. 28-02-2021: Single trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details

Bow Summit Area on Icefields Parkway

Peyto Lake trail and viewpoint are closed. The lower parking and toilets are open. For information regarding Peyto lake, please see: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/visit/construction-banff/peyto

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Peyto Lake Viewpoint Closed for the season. 25-02-2021: Construction work in progress; Respect all posted notices and signs; Trail details