ATTENTION: Canada Day long weekend in Banff National Park: Please plan ahead before visiting the park. 

Important information

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 of 4 or more, 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

Trails are in variable conditions including wet, muddy and dry. Trails at higher elevations are snowbound and may have avalanche risk.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Marsh Loop Fair. 06-07-2022: Frequent Horse Use; Trail details
Easy Fenland Trail Closed. 06-07-2022: Closed until further notice; Check the important bulletins for more information; Trail details
Easy Healy Creek Trail Good. 06-07-2022: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Spray River West Trail Good. 06-07-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Easy Spray River East Trail Good. 06-07-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Trail Dry. 06-07-2022: Stay on trail; Bears frequenting the area; Trail details
Moderate Goat Creek Trail Mainly Dry. 06-07-2022: Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Mountain Summit Trail Good. 06-07-2022: Stay on trail; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Westside Trail Mainly Dry. 06-07-2022: Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Moderate Sundance Canyon Trail Mainly Dry. 06-07-2022: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Surprise Corner to Hoodoos Trail Dry. 06-07-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Cascade Amphitheatre Trail Not recommended. 06-07-2022: Not recommended; Snow at high elevation ; Bears frequenting the area; Trail details
Moderate Upper Stoney Trail Mainly Dry. 06-07-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details

Lake Minnewanka Area

Check yourself for ticks.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Johnson Lake Loop Good. 06-07-2022: Watch for ticks; Trail details
Easy Cascade Ponds Loop Good. 06-07-2022: Watch for ticks;  
Easy Stewart Canyon Trail Good. 06-07-2022: Watch for ticks; Trail details
Moderate C-Level Cirque Trail Fair. 06-07-2022: Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Stewart Canyon–Aylmer Pass Junction Good. 06-07-2022: Watch for ticks; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Difficult Aylmer Lookout Trail Good. 06-07-2022: Watch for ticks; Debris on trail; Trail details
Difficult Aylmer Pass Trail Not recommended. 06-07-2022: Snow at high elevation ; Watch for ticks; Trail details

Banff Area Biking Trails

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Banff Legacy Trail: Banff–Banff East Gate Dry. 06-07-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Easy Banff Legacy Trail: Vermilion Lakes–Bow Valley Parkway Dry. 06-07-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Return of the Jedi Trail Dry. 06-07-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Difficult Topp Notch Trail Dry. 06-07-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Star Wars Trail Dry. 06-07-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Bench Loop: Coastline Dry. 06-07-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Bench Loop: Teddy Bear's Picnic Dry. 06-07-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Bench Loop: The Spine Dry. 06-07-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details

Bow Valley/Castle Junction Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Difficult Cory Pass Loop Not recommended. 06-07-2022: Snowbound at higher elevation; Sections of deep snow; Bridge(s) out; Trail details
Moderate Bourgeau Lake Trail: Trailhead–Bourgeau Lake Fair. 06-07-2022: Snow covered sections; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Bourgeau Lake Trail: Bourgeau Lake–Harvey Pass Not recommended. 06-07-2022: Not recommended; Snow at high elevation ; Steep snow slopes ; Trail details
Easy Boom Lake Trail Fair. 06-07-2022: Wet and muddy sections; Hazardous trees; Trail details
Easy Johnston Canyon Trail Good. 06-07-2022: Wet and muddy sections; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Moderate Ink Pots Trail Mainly Dry. 06-07-2022: Watch for ticks; Stay on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Rockbound Lake Trail Not recommended. 06-07-2022: Snow at high elevation ; Risk of post-holing; Snowshoes recommended; Trail details
Easy Vista Lake / Arnica Lake / Twin Lakes Trail: Trailhead–Vista Lake Open. 06-07-2022: Snowbound at higher elevation; Trail details
Moderate Vista Lake / Arnica Lake / Twin Lakes Trail: Vista Lake–Arnica Lake Snow at higher elevations. 06-07-2022: Snow covered sections; Trail details
Moderate Vista Lake / Arnica Lake / Twin Lakes Trail: Arnica Lake–Twin Lakes Not recommended. 06-07-2022: Snowbound at higher elevation; Risk of post-holing; Trail details
Moderate Castle Lookout Good. 06-07-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details

Lake Louise Area

Trails at higher elevations may have ice or melting snow conditions and avalanche risk. Avoid deep snow, steep snow slopes and slippery areas.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Tramline Trail Caution. 01-07-2022: Trail advisory in effect from May 15 until October 15. Use alternate route such as Lake Louise Creek trail.; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Bow River Loop Partially Closed 01-07-2022: Trail sections along the west side of Bow River CLOSED from May 15 to October 15; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Louise Creek Trail Good. 03-07-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Easy Fairview Lookout Trail Good. 03-07-2022: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Great Divide Trail Caution. 01-07-2022: Parking lot closed.; Bears frequenting the area; Bear spray recommended ;  
Moderate Lake Agnes Trail Fair. 01-07-2022: Snow at high elevation ; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Trail details
Easy Lake Louise Lakeshore Trail Good. 01-07-2022: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Big Beehive Trail Hazardous conditions. 03-07-2022: Switchbacks from Lake Agnes to Big Beehive are steep, snowy and hazardous. Not recommended.; Trail details
Moderate Little Beehive Trail Fair. 06-07-2022: Wet and muddy sections; Snow patches; Trail details
Moderate Mirror Lake Highline Trail Fair. 06-07-2022: Deadfall on trail; Wet and muddy sections;  
Moderate Big Beehive to Plain of Six Glaciers Trail Caution. 03-07-2022: Avalanche debris on trail; Snow covered sections; Trail details
Moderate Plain of Six Glaciers Trail Caution. 03-07-2022: Avalanche debris on trail; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Difficult Fairview Mountain Trail Hazardous conditions. 01-07-2022: Snowbound at higher elevation; Risk of post-holing; Not recommended; Trail details
Moderate Highline/Plain of Six Glaciers Connector Trail Poor. 01-07-2022: Deadfall on trail; Snow patches; Wet and muddy sections; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Trail details
Moderate Saddleback Trail Hazardous conditions. 01-07-2022: Snowbound at higher elevation; Risk of post-holing; Not recommended; Trail details
Difficult Sheol/Paradise Connector Trail Hazardous conditions. 01-07-2022: Snowbound at higher elevation; Risk of post-holing; Not recommended; Trail details
Difficult Ross Lake Trail Poor. 03-07-2022: Deadfall on trail; Not yet maintained; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Pipestone Trail Caution. 03-07-2022: Bears frequenting the area; Bear spray recommended ; Wet and muddy sections; Deadfall on trail; Trail details
Difficult Taylor Lake Trail Caution. 03-07-2022: Flooded sections; Snow at high elevation ; Bears frequenting the area; Bear spray recommended ; Deadfall on trail; Trail details

Moraine Lake Area

Moraine Lake Road is OPEN to vehicle traffic. Parking is limited. To guarantee your visit, please reserve a shuttle with Parks Canada: www.reserve.pc.gc.ca Trails at high elevations may have slippery or soft snow conditions and avalanche risk. Avoid steep snow slopes and slippery areas.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Consolation Lakes Trail Fair. 03-07-2022: Wet and muddy sections; Snow patches; Stay on trail; Trail details
Difficult Moraine Lake Highline Trail Fair. 03-07-2022: Deadfall on trail; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Moraine Lakeshore Trail Fair. 03-07-2022: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Rockpile Trail Good. 03-07-2022: Mainly dry;  
Moderate Eiffel Lake Trail Poor. 01-07-2022: Snow covered sections; Deadfall on trail; Avalanche debris on trail; Trail details
Moderate Larch Valley/Minnestimma Lakes Trail Fair. 03-07-2022: Snow patches; Wet and muddy sections; Stay on trail; Trail details
Difficult Sentinel Pass Connector Trail Hazardous conditions. 03-07-2022: Steep snow slopes ; Risk of post-holing; Avalanche danger at high altitude; Not recommended;  
Difficult Wenkchemna Pass Trail Not recommended. 03-07-2022: Snow at high elevation ; Sections of deep snow; Risk of post-holing; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details

Paradise Valley Area

Slippery, deep snow sections at higher elevations.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Lake Annette Trail Fair. 03-07-2022: Wet and muddy sections; Deadfall on trail; Stay on trail; Trail details
Difficult Sentinel Pass - Paradise Valley Connector Trail Hazardous conditions. 29-06-2022: Avalanche danger at high altitude; Snowbound; Not recommended; Trail details
Difficult Paradise Valley and Giant Steps Trail Poor. 03-07-2022: Wet and muddy sections; Snow covered sections; Stay on trail; Trail details

Icefields Parkway Area

Snow at high elevations with avalanche hazard

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Mosquito Creek Trail Fair. 01-07-2022: Wet and muddy sections; Bears frequenting the area; Bear spray recommended ;  
Difficult Molar Pass Trail Hazardous conditions. 03-07-2022: Snowbound; Not recommended; Sections of deep snow; Trail details
Difficult North Molar Pass Trail Hazardous conditions. 03-07-2022: Snowbound; Not recommended; Sections of deep snow; Trail details
Moderate Helen Lake Trail Poor. 03-07-2022: Snow covered sections; Wet and muddy sections; Stream levels are high; Stay on designated trails and viewpoints; Trail details
Moderate Bow Glacier Falls Trail Fair. 01-07-2022: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Peyto Lake Viewpoint Trail Fair. 03-07-2022: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Bow Summit Lookout Trail Hazardous conditions. 01-07-2022: Avalanche danger; Dangerous snow conditions; Snowbound; Not recommended; Trail details
Moderate Chephren Lake Trail Fair. 01-07-2022: Wet and muddy sections; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Trail details
Moderate Cirque Lake Trail Fair. 01-07-2022: Wet and muddy sections; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Trail details
Difficult Glacier Lake Trail Fair. 01-07-2022: Wet and muddy sections; Stay on trail; Trail details
Easy Mistaya Canyon Trail Good. 01-07-2022: Mainly dry;  
Difficult Sarbach Lookout Trail Caution. 03-07-2022: Not yet maintained; Deadfall on trail; Trail details
Easy Howse River Lookout Trail Good. 01-07-2022: Mainly dry;  
Moderate Sunset Lookout Trail Fair. 03-07-2022: Deadfall on trail; Not yet maintained; Trail details
Moderate Sunset Pass Trail Poor. 03-07-2022: Wet and muddy sections; Not yet maintained; Snow covered sections; Trail details
Moderate Nigel Pass Trail Poor. 03-07-2022: Snow at high elevation ; Wet and muddy sections; Not yet maintained; Trail details
Difficult Parker Ridge Trail Not recommended. 03-07-2022: Avalanche danger at high altitude; Snowbound; Not recommended; Trail details

Skoki Area

Extensive sections of deep, soft snow and possible avalanche risk at higher elevations. Travel not recommended.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Difficult Baker Lake Trail via Boulder Pass Poor. 03-07-2022: Snow at high elevation ; Sections of deep snow; Wet and muddy sections; Stay on trail; Trail details
Difficult Hidden Lake Trail Fair. 03-07-2022: Wet and muddy sections; Stay on trail; Snow covered sections; Trail details
Difficult Boulder Pass Trail Fair. 03-07-2022: Snow covered sections; Wet and muddy sections; Stay on trail; Trail details
Difficult Skoki Loop Poor. 03-07-2022: Snow at high elevation ; Sections of deep snow; Risk of post-holing; Wet and muddy sections; Stay on trail; Trail details
Difficult Deception Pass Trail Poor. 03-07-2022: Snow at high elevation ; Sections of deep snow; Wet and muddy sections; Stay on trail; Trail details