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 Poor. 15-10-2021: Frequent Horse Use; Wet and muddy sections; Icy sections.; Trail details
Easy Fenland Trail Good. 15-10-2021: Icy sections.; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Healy Creek Trail Fair. 15-10-2021: Frequent Horse Use; Icy sections.; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Tunnel Campground Loop Good. 15-10-2021: Icy sections.; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Banff Legacy Trail: Banff–Banff East Gate Variable conditions. 15-10-2021: Mainly dry; Icy sections.; Trail details
Easy Banff Legacy Trail: Vermilion Lakes–Bow Valley Parkway Variable conditions. 15-10-2021: Mainly dry; Icy sections.; Trail details
Easy Spray River West Trail Wet and muddy sections. 13-10-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Spray River East Trail Wet and muddy sections. 13-10-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Trail Winter conditions. 15-10-2021: Snow at high elevation ; Compact snow; Trail details
Moderate Goat Creek Trail Wet and muddy sections. 13-10-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Mountain Summit Trail Variable conditions. 15-10-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Icy sections.; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Westside Trail Closed. 15-10-2021: Closed until further notice; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Moderate Sundance Canyon Trail Good. 15-10-2021: Icy sections.; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Surprise Corner to Hoodoos Trail Wet and muddy sections. 13-10-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Cascade Amphitheatre Trail Variable conditions. 15-10-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Icy sections.; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Upper Stoney Trail Variable conditions. 15-10-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Icy sections.; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details

Lake Minnewanka Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Legacy Trail to Cascade Ponds Good. 15-10-2021: Mainly dry; Caution: Icy section under bridge; Trail details
Easy Johnson Lake Loop Good. 15-10-2021: Mainly dry; Icy sections.; Deadfall on trail; Trail details
Easy Cascade Ponds Loop Wet. 13-10-2021: Trail is in good condition;  
Easy Lower Bankhead Interpretive Trail Good. 15-10-2021: Mainly dry; Wet and muddy sections;  
Easy Stewart Canyon Trail Good. 15-10-2021: Mainly dry; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Moderate C-Level Cirque Trail Variable conditions. 15-10-2021: Snow at high elevation ; Icy sections.; Avalanche risk, use caution; Trail details
Moderate Lake Minnewanka Trail: Stewart Canyon–Aylmer Pass Junction Wet. 13-10-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Lake Minnewanka Trail: Aylmer Pass Junction–Devil's Gap Wet. 13-10-2021: Numerous trees down on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Difficult Aylmer Lookout Trail Variable conditions. 15-10-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Icy sections.; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Difficult Aylmer Pass Trail Not recommended. 15-10-2021: Snow at high elevation ; Avalanche risk, use caution; Trail details

Cascade/Sawback Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Cascade Valley Trail: Trailhead–Cascade River bridge Wet. 13-10-2021: Deadfall on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Cascade Valley Trail: Cascade River bridge–Stoney Creek Wet. 13-10-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Edith Pass Trail Fair. 15-10-2021: Bridge(s) out; Numerous trees down on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Forty Mile Creek Trail Variable conditions. 15-10-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ;  
Moderate Ink Pots–Luellen Lake Fair. 13-10-2021: 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. 13-10-2021: Bridge(s) out; Hazardous trees; Wet and muddy sections; Fresh snow; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Bourgeau Lake Trail: Trailhead–Bourgeau Lake Fair. 13-10-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Bourgeau Lake Trail: Bourgeau Lake–Harvey Pass Not recommended. 15-10-2021: Fresh snow; Snow at high elevation ; Avalanche risk, use caution; Trail details
Easy Boom Lake Trail Variable conditions. 15-10-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Icy sections.; Snow covered sections; Trail details
Easy Johnston Canyon Trail Good. 15-10-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Icy sections.; Respect all posted notices and signs; Trail details
Moderate Ink Pots Trail Fair. 15-10-2021: Respect all posted notices and signs; Snow covered sections; Icy sections.; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Silverton Falls Trail Caution 13-10-2021: Use caution; Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Rockbound Lake Trail Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2021: Snow at high elevation ; Avalanche danger at high altitude; Trail details
Easy Vista Lake / Arnica Lake / Twin Lakes Trail: Trailhead–Vista Lake Wet. 13-10-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Vista Lake / Arnica Lake / Twin Lakes Trail: Vista Lake–Arnica Lake Fair. 15-10-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Icy sections.; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Vista Lake / Arnica Lake / Twin Lakes Trail: Arnica Lake–Twin Lakes Fair. 15-10-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Icy sections.; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Castle Lookout Wet and muddy sections. 13-10-2021: Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Smith Lake Trail Wet. 13-10-2021: Wet and muddy sections;  
Moderate Twin Lakes Trail Wet and muddy sections. 13-10-2021: Snow at high elevation ; Trail details

Egypt Lake Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Sunshine Meadows / Rock Isle Lake Trail Snowbound. 15-10-2021: Gondola closed; Parking lot closed due to construction; Fresh snow; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Redearth Creek Trail Fair. 13-10-2021: Wet and muddy sections;  
Moderate Healy Pass Trail Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2021: Snow at high elevation ; Parking lot closed due to construction; Gondola closed; Trail details

Lake Louise Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Louise Creek Good. 17-10-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Bow River Loop Good. 17-10-2021: Bears frequenting the area; Respect all posted notices and signs; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Lake Louise Lakeshore Good. 17-10-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Tramline Trail Good. 17-10-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Great Divide Good. 17-10-2021: Wet and muddy sections;  
Moderate Lake Agnes Fair. 17-10-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Icy sections.; Snow covered sections; Trail details
Moderate Big Beehive Lookout Caution 17-10-2021: Extensive trail erosion; Stay on designated trails and viewpoints; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Icy sections.; Trail details
Moderate Little Beehive Fair. 17-10-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Icy sections.; Trail details
Moderate Mirror Lake Highline Fair. 17-10-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ;  
Moderate Big Beehive to Plain of Six Glacier Trail Fair. 17-10-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Plain of Six Glaciers Trail Fair. 17-10-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Icy sections.; Trail details
Difficult Fairview Mountain Poor. 17-10-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Icy sections.; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Highline/Plain of Six Glaciers Connector Fair. 17-10-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Easy Fairview Lookout Fair. 17-10-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Saddleback trail Poor. 17-10-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Difficult Sheol/Paradise Connector Fair. 17-10-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Difficult Ross Lake Trail Caution 17-10-2021: Be careful fording rivers and streams; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Difficult Taylor Lake Fair. 17-10-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Pipestone Fair. 17-10-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details

Paradise Valley Area

Moraine Lake Road is closed for the winter

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Lake Annette Fair. 17-10-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Icy sections.; Trail details
Difficult Sentinel Pass - Paradise Valley Trail Fair. 17-10-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Icy sections.; Trail details
Moderate Paradise Valley and Giant Steps Fair. 17-10-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Icy sections.; Trail details

Skoki Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Baker Lake Trail Early winter conditions at higher elevations 17-10-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Difficult Hidden Lake Early winter conditions at higher elevations 17-10-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Difficult Boulder Pass Early winter conditions at higher elevations 17-10-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Route Skoki Loop Early winter conditions at higher elevations 17-10-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Difficult Deception Pass Trail Early winter conditions at higher elevations 17-10-2021: 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. 17-10-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ;  
Difficult Molar Pass Early winter conditions at higher elevations 17-10-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Difficult North Molar Pass Trail Early winter conditions at higher elevations 10-10-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Helen Lake Caution 17-10-2021: Stream crossings; Stay on designated trails and viewpoints; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Bow Glacier Falls Trail Fair. 17-10-2021: Extensive trail erosion; Stay on designated trails and viewpoints; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Peyto Lake Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 17-10-2021: Compact snow; Use caution; Icy sections.; Trail details
Easy Bow Summit Lookout Fair. 17-10-2021: Compact snow; Icy sections.; Use caution; Trail details
Moderate Chephren LakeTrail Fair. 17-10-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Cirque Lake Trail Fair. 17-10-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Difficult Glacier Lake Fair. 17-10-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Mistaya Canyon Good. 17-10-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections;  
Difficult Sarbach Lookout Fair. 17-10-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Howse River Lookout Trail Fair. 17-10-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections;  
Moderate Sunset Lookout Trail Fair. 17-10-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Sunset Pass Trail Fair. 17-10-2021: Route finding skills essential; Trail overgrown with vegetation; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Nigel Pass Caution 17-10-2021: Stream crossings; Deadfall on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Difficult Parker Ridge Poor. 17-10-2021: Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Snow covered sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details