Visiting Banff National Park will be different than previous years.
Be prepared, and know what is open and closed before you go.

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 trails. Read the trail descriptions for more information. They must be on a leash and under 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

Insufficient snow for tracksetting for cross-country skiing

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Spray River Winter Trails: Spray River West Snow covered with icy sections. 25-11-2020: Insufficient snow for tracksetting for cross-country skiing; Trail details
Easy Spray River Winter Trails: Spray River East Snow covered with icy sections. 25-11-2020: Insufficient snow for tracksetting for cross-country skiing; Trail details
Moderate Cascade River Bridge (6km) to Stoney Creek Snow covered with icy sections. 25-11-2020: Insufficient snow for tracksetting for cross-country skiing; Trail details
Easy Healy Creek Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 25-11-2020: Insufficient snow for tracksetting for cross-country skiing; Trail details
Moderate Goat Creek Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 25-11-2020: Insufficient snow for tracksetting for cross-country skiing; Trail details
Moderate Brewster Creek Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 25-11-2020: Insufficient snow for tracksetting for cross-country skiing; Trail details
Moderate Redearth Creek Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 25-11-2020: Insufficient snow for tracksetting for cross-country skiing; Trail details

Banff Area Winter Walking Trails

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 Winter Loop Snow covered with icy sections. 25-11-2020: Partially closed; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Fenland Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 25-11-2020: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Stewart Canyon Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 25-11-2020: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Sundance Canyon Winter Trail Partially closed, check trail details for additional information. 25-11-2020: Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Easy Spray Winter Connector Snow covered with icy sections. 25-11-2020: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Johnston Canyon Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 25-11-2020: Respect all posted notices and signs; Cleats recommended; Compact snow; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Mountain Summit Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 25-11-2020: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 25-11-2020: Cleats recommended; Trail details

Banff Area Snowshoeing Trails

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Tunnel Mountain Drive - Winter Snow covered with icy sections. 25-11-2020: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Surprise Corner to Hoodoos Viewpoint Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 25-11-2020: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Johnson Lake Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 25-11-2020: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Upper Stoney Winter Loop Snow covered with icy sections. 25-11-2020: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Ink Pots Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 25-11-2020: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Westside Winter Trail Closed. 25-11-2020: Closed until further notice; Trail details

Banff Area Fat Biking Trails

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Tunnel Mountain Winter Trails (Multi-use) Snow covered with icy sections. 25-11-2020: Studded tires recommended; Trail details
Moderate Banff Avenue Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 25-11-2020: Studded tires recommended; Trail details
Easy Spray River East Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 25-11-2020: Studded tires recommended; Trail details
Easy Sundance Winter Trail Partially closed, check trail details for additional information. 25-11-2020: Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Moderate Lake Minnewanka Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 25-11-2020: Studded tires recommended; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Bench Winter Loop Snow covered with icy sections. 23-11-2020: Studded tires recommended; Trail details

Cross-Country Ski Trails on the Bow Valley Parkway

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Baker Creek to Protection Mountain Campground Not recommended. 25-11-2020: Not yet maintained; Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Trail details
Moderate Protection Mountain Campground to Castle Mountain Lookout Not recommended. 19-11-2020: Not yet maintained; Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Trail details
Easy Castle Junction Cross-country Ski Trails: Trail #1 - Castle Junction to Castle Mountain Lookout Early season conditions. 26-11-2020: Snowmobile packed; Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Trail details
Easy Castle Junction Cross-country Ski Trails: Trail #2 Early season conditions. 26-11-2020: Snowmobile packed; Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Trail details
Easy Castle Junction Cross-country Ski Trails: Trail #3 Early season conditions. 26-11-2020: Snowmobile packed; Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Trail details

Lake Louise Area Snowshoeing and Winter Hiking Trails (Banff National Park of Canada)

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. 26-11-2020: 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; Trail details
Easy Lake Louise Lakeshore Snow covered with icy sections. 26-11-2020: Cleats recommended; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Fairview Lookout Snow covered with icy sections. 26-11-2020: Cleats recommended; Steep snow slopes ; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Louise Creek Snow covered with icy sections. 26-11-2020: Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Moderate Mirror Lake, via Lake Agnes Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 26-11-2020: Cleats recommended; 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; Trail details
Difficult Taylor Lake Snow covered. 26-11-2020: Dogs on leash permitted; Avalanche danger beyond reaching the lake; Snowshoes recommended; Trail details
Easy Laggan's Loop Snow covered. 26-11-2020: Dogs on leash permitted; Snowshoes recommended; Trail details

Lake Louise Area Cross-Country Ski Trails (Banff National Park of Canada)

Early season conditions: Thin snow cover on trails. Recent tracksetting: Nov 25: Great Divide; Moraine Lake Road; Lower & Upper Tramline. Nov. 21: Bow River Loop. Moraine Lake parking is closed due to construction until December 18. Please leave your vehicle at the Upper Lake Louise parking lot and access Moraine Lake Road via Upper Tramline.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Moraine Lake Road Good. 25-11-2020: Double trackset classic and skate; Avalanche risk: Beyond the viewpoint the trail crosses large avalanche paths.; Please walk or snowshoe beside tracks set, not on tracks; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Moderate Fairview Loop Early season conditions. 19-11-2020: Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Not recommended; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Easy Lower Tramline Good. 25-11-2020: Single trackset classic; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Easy Townsite Early season conditions. 19-11-2020: Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Not recommended; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Upper Tramline Good. 25-11-2020: Single trackset classic; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Moderate Lake Louise Loop Caution 26-11-2020: Lake surface not recommended; Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Trail details
Difficult Upper Telemark Early season conditions. 19-11-2020: Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Not recommended; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Easy Great Divide Good. 25-11-2020: Double trackset classic and skate; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Dogs not allowed;  
Moderate Peyto Early season conditions. 19-11-2020: Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Not recommended; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Easy Lower Telemark Early season conditions. 19-11-2020: Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Not recommended; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Easy Bow River Loop Good. 22-11-2020: Single trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Trail details
Easy Campground Loop Snow covered. 25-11-2020: Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Not yet maintained; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Moderate Pipestone Loop Early season conditions. 22-11-2020: Trail groomed; Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Hector Early season conditions. 22-11-2020: Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Trail groomed; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Drummond Early season conditions. 22-11-2020: Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Not yet maintained; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Merlin Early season conditions. 22-11-2020: Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Not yet maintained; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details

Bow Summit Area on Icefields Parkway (Banff National Park of Canada)

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. 18-11-2020: Construction work in progress; Respect all posted notices and signs; Trail details