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

 Lake Louise Visitor Centre

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 Good. 09-05-2021: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Fenland Trail Good. 09-05-2021: Please follow directional arrows and respect physical distancing; Trail details
Easy Healy Creek Trail Variable conditions. 09-05-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Snow patches; Trail details
Easy Tunnel Campground Loop Good. 09-05-2021: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Banff Legacy Trail: Banff–Banff East Gate Good. 09-05-2021: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Banff Legacy Trail: Vermilion Lakes–Bow Valley Parkway Good. 09-05-2021: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Spray River West Trail Spring conditions 09-05-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Snow covered sections; Trail details
Easy Spray River East Trail Spring conditions 09-05-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Snow covered sections; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Trail Winter conditions. 09-05-2021: Hard packed snow; Cleats recommended; Freeze / thaw cycle; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Mountain Summit Trail Good. 09-05-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Westside Trail Closed. 09-05-2021: Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Moderate Sundance Canyon Trail Good. 09-05-2021: Icy sections.; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Surprise Corner to Hoodoos Trail Good. 09-05-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Upper Stoney Trail Icy sections, cleats recommended. 09-05-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Hard packed snow; Trail details

Lake Minnewanka Area

The Minnewanka Loop Road will be closed to public vehicles on weekdays, Monday to Thursday, from May 1-20, 2021. During this closure, the road will be available to cyclists for the entirety of the Minnewanka Loop beginning at the first T-junction. www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/activ/cyclisme-biking/saisonintermediaire-shoulderseason

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Legacy Trail to Cascade Ponds Good. 09-05-2021: Respect all posted notices and signs; Trail details
Easy Minnewanka Road Good. 09-05-2021: Respect all posted notices and signs; Wildlife corridor; No parking on roadways, or highways; Trail details
Easy Johnson Lake Loop Variable conditions. 09-05-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Snow patches; Trail details
Easy Cascade Ponds Loop Good. 09-05-2021: Mainly dry; Respect all posted notices and signs;  
Easy Water Tower Trail Spring conditions 09-05-2021: Snow patches; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Lower Bankhead Interpretive Trail Good. 09-05-2021: Mainly dry;  
Easy Stewart Canyon Trail Good. 09-05-2021: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate C-Level Cirque Trail Avalanche risk, use caution. 09-05-2021: Snow at high elevation ; Risk of post-holing; Trail details
Moderate Lake Minnewanka Trail: Stewart Canyon–Aylmer Pass Junction Good. 09-05-2021: Mainly dry; Watch for ticks; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Lake Minnewanka Trail: Aylmer Pass Junction–Devil's Gap Fair. 09-05-2021: Mainly dry; Wet and muddy sections; Numerous trees down on trail; Trail details
Difficult Aylmer Lookout Trail Good. 09-05-2021: Icy sections.; Cleats recommended; Watch for ticks; Trail details
Difficult Aylmer Pass Trail Not recommended. 09-05-2021: Avalanche danger at high altitude; Snowbound; Risk of post-holing; Trail details

Bow Valley/Castle Junction Area

The eastern section of the Bow Valley Parkway (from Banff to Castle Junction) is currently restricted to public vehicles, and will continue to be restricted to public vehicles throughout the summer. www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/activ/cyclisme-biking/saisonintermediaire-shoulderseason

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Bow Valley Parkway (road) Good. 09-05-2021: Pedestrian use of the road is strongly discouraged.; Respect all posted notices and signs; No parking on roadways, or highways; Wildlife corridor; Trail details
Easy Boom Lake Trail Spring conditions 09-05-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Freeze / thaw cycle; Cleats recommended; Avalanche risk, use caution; Trail details
Easy Vista Lake / Arnica Lake / Twin Lakes Trail: Trailhead–Vista Lake Spring conditions 09-05-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Hard packed snow; Freeze / thaw cycle; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Vista Lake / Arnica Lake / Twin Lakes Trail: Vista Lake–Arnica Lake Spring conditions 09-05-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Hard packed snow; Freeze / thaw cycle; Cleats recommended; Avalanche risk, use caution; Trail details
Easy Silverton Falls Trail Hazardous conditions. 09-05-2021: No vehicle access; Respect all posted notices and signs; Icy sections.; Not recommended; Trail details
Easy Johnston Canyon Trail Road access closed 09-05-2021: No vehicle access; Respect all posted notices and signs; Pedestrian use of the road is strongly discouraged.; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Ink Pots Trail Road access closed 09-05-2021: No vehicle access; Respect all posted notices and signs; Pedestrian use of the road is strongly discouraged.; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Rockbound Lake Trail Avalanche terrain. 09-05-2021: No vehicle access; Not recommended; Snowbound at higher elevation; Trail details
Moderate Castle Lookout Spring conditions 09-05-2021: Cleats recommended; Wet and muddy sections; Snow covered sections; Trail details

Cascade/Sawback Area

The eastern section of the Bow Valley Parkway (from Banff to Castle Junction) is currently restricted to public vehicles, and will continue to be restricted to public vehicles throughout the summer. For backcountry camping information call 403-762-1556

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Cascade Valley Trail: Trailhead–Cascade River bridge Spring conditions 05-05-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Hard packed snow; Freeze / thaw cycle; Trail details
Easy Cascade Valley Trail: Cascade River bridge–Stoney Creek Spring conditions 05-05-2021: Freeze / thaw cycle; Snow covered sections; Risk of post-holing; Trail details

Lake Louise Area

Winter conditions: Trails are snow-covered and there is avalanche risk on trails at high elevations.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Little Beehive Hazardous conditions. 08-05-2021: Not recommended; Avalanche danger; Snowbound; Trail details
Easy Tramline Trail Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 08-05-2021: Snow covered; Trail details
Moderate Lake Agnes Hazardous conditions. 08-05-2021: Not recommended; Avalanche danger; Snow covered; Trail details
Moderate Big Beehive Lookout Hazardous conditions. 08-05-2021: Not recommended; Avalanche danger; Snowbound; Trail details
Moderate Mirror Lake Highline Hazardous conditions. 08-05-2021: Not recommended; Avalanche danger; Snowbound;  
Moderate Big Beehive to Plain of Six Glacier Trail Hazardous conditions. 08-05-2021: Not recommended; Avalanche danger; Snowbound; Trail details
Moderate Plain of Six Glaciers Trail Hazardous conditions. 08-05-2021: Not recommended; Avalanche danger; Snowbound; Trail details
Difficult Fairview Mountain Hazardous conditions. 08-05-2021: Not recommended; Avalanche danger; Snowbound; Trail details
Moderate Highline/Plain of Six Glaciers Connector Hazardous conditions. 08-05-2021: Not recommended; Avalanche danger; Snowbound; Trail details
Moderate Saddleback trail Hazardous conditions. 08-05-2021: Not recommended; Avalanche danger; Snowbound; Trail details
Difficult Ross Lake Trail Hazardous conditions. 08-05-2021: Avalanche risk, use caution; Snow covered; Trail details
Difficult Sheol/Paradise Connector Hazardous conditions. 08-05-2021: Not recommended; Avalanche danger; Snowbound; Trail details
Moderate Pipestone Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 08-05-2021: Snow covered; Trail details
Difficult Taylor Lake Snow covered with icy sections. 08-05-2021: Snow covered; Snowshoes recommended; Trail details

Paradise Valley Area

Road access to Moraine Lake will open late May.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Lake Annette Road access closed 08-05-2021: Snowbound; Avalanche terrain; Trail details
Difficult Sentinel Pass - Paradise Valley Trail Road access closed 08-05-2021: Snowbound; No vehicle access; Avalanche terrain; Avalanche danger; Carry avalanche transceivers, probe and shovel; Trail details
Moderate Paradise Valley and Giant Steps Road access closed 08-05-2021: Snowbound; No vehicle access; Avalanche terrain; Avalanche danger; Carry avalanche transceivers, probe and shovel; Trail details

Moraine Lake Area

Road access to Moraine Lake will open late May.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Consolation Lakes Trail Road access closed 08-05-2021: Snowbound; No vehicle access; Avalanche terrain; Avalanche danger; Carry avalanche transceivers, probe and shovel; Trail details
Easy Moraine Lakeshore Road access closed 08-05-2021: No vehicle access; Snow covered; Sections of deep snow; Trail details
Easy Rockpile Viewpoint Road access closed 08-05-2021: No vehicle access; Snow covered; Sections of deep snow;  
Moderate Eiffel Lake Road access closed 08-05-2021: Snowbound; No vehicle access; Avalanche terrain; Avalanche danger; Carry avalanche transceivers, probe and shovel; Trail details
Moderate Larch Valley/Minnestimma Lake Road access closed 08-05-2021: Snowbound; No vehicle access; Avalanche terrain; Avalanche danger; Carry avalanche transceivers, probe and shovel; Trail details
Difficult Sentinel Pass Trail Road access closed 08-05-2021: Snowbound; No vehicle access; Avalanche terrain; Avalanche danger; Carry avalanche transceivers, probe and shovel; Trail details
Difficult Wenkchemna Pass Road access closed 08-05-2021: Snowbound; No vehicle access; Avalanche terrain; Avalanche danger; Carry avalanche transceivers, probe and shovel; Trail details
Difficult Moraine Lake Highline Road access closed 08-05-2021: Snowbound; No vehicle access; Avalanche danger at high altitude; Trail details

Skoki Area

Winter conditions.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Baker Lake Trail Winter conditions. 08-05-2021: Snowbound; Avalanche terrain; Trail details
Difficult Hidden Lake Winter conditions. 08-05-2021: Snowbound; Avalanche terrain; Trail details
Difficult Boulder Pass Winter conditions. 08-05-2021: Snowbound; Avalanche terrain; Trail details
Route Skoki Loop Winter conditions. 08-05-2021: Snowbound; Avalanche terrain; Trail details
Difficult Deception Pass Trail Winter conditions. 08-05-2021: Snowbound; Avalanche terrain; Trail details

Icefields Parkway Area

Winter conditions.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Bow Summit Lookout Closed for the season. 08-05-2021: 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 Winter conditions. 08-05-2021: Snowbound; Avalanche danger; Not recommended; Trail details
Moderate Cirque Lake Trail Snow covered. 08-05-2021: Sections of deep snow; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Sunset Lookout Trail Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 08-05-2021: Snowbound at higher elevation; Trail details
Moderate Helen Lake Winter conditions. 08-05-2021: Snowbound; Avalanche danger; Not recommended; Trail details
Difficult Glacier Lake Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 08-05-2021: Sections of deep snow; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Difficult Molar Pass Winter conditions. 08-05-2021: Snowbound; Avalanche danger; Not recommended; Trail details
Difficult North Molar Pass Trail Winter conditions. 08-05-2021: Snowbound; Avalanche danger; Not recommended; Trail details
Difficult Parker Ridge Winter conditions. 08-05-2021: Snowbound; Avalanche danger; Not recommended; Trail details
Difficult Sarbach Lookout Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 08-05-2021: Snowbound at higher elevation; Trail details
Moderate Peyto Lake Trail Closed for the season. 08-05-2021: Construction work in progress; Respect all posted notices and signs; No parking on roadways, highways or trail heads; Trail details
Moderate Sunset Pass Trail Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 08-05-2021: Snowbound at higher elevation; Trail details
Moderate Mosquito Creek Snow covered. 08-05-2021: Snowbound at higher elevation;  
Easy Howse River Lookout Trail Good. 08-05-2021: Mainly dry;  
Moderate Mistaya Canyon Some snow patches. 08-05-2021: Wet and muddy sections; Snow covered sections;  
Moderate Chephren LakeTrail Snow covered. 08-05-2021: Sections of deep snow; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Nigel Pass Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 08-05-2021: Sections of deep snow; Snow covered; Trail details