Some Parks Canada places have begun a safe, gradual reopening of some outdoor areas and services, including camping. Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and be well-prepared for their visit. Details here.

Important information

Please be aware that your experience in Banff National Park will differ from years previous. 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.

Vehicle parking is limited to designated areas only. Signage and monitoring will be used throughout the park to inform the public of parking restrictions and encourage compliance.

Roadside parking is prohibited.

 

Wildlife

Know before you go!

Bears are out of hibernation. If you’re out on the trails, make sure to stay alert, make noise and carry bear spray.

Closures and restrictions

Some secondary roads remain closed including the east section of the Bow Valley Parkway.

For a complete list of ongoing closures and restrictions, please visit our Important Bulletins page.

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. 12-07-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Fenland Trail Mainly Dry. 12-07-2020: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Easy Healy Creek Trail Good. 11-07-2020: Mainly dry; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Easy Tunnel Campground Loop Good. 11-07-2020: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Easy Banff Legacy Trail: Banff–Banff East Gate Good. 05-07-2020: No parking on roadways, or highways.; Trail details
Easy Banff Legacy Trail: Vermilion Lakes–Bow Valley Parkway Good. 05-07-2020: No parking on roadways, or highways.; Trail details
Easy Spray River West Trail Good. 05-07-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Spray River East Trail Good. 05-07-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Trail Mainly Dry. 10-07-2020: Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Moderate Goat Creek Trail Good. 10-07-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Westside Trail Good. 10-07-2020: Not yet maintained; Trail details
Moderate Sundance Canyon Trail Good. 11-07-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Mountain Summit Trail Good. 11-07-2020: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Surprise Corner to Hoodoos Viewpoint Trail Good. 10-07-2020: Respect all posted notices and signs; Trail details
Moderate Banff Avenue Trail Good. 10-07-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Cascade Amphitheatre Trail Good. 05-07-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Upper Stoney Trail Good. 05-07-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details

Lake Minnewanka Area

Once safety measures are in place, one lane of the Lake Minnewanka Loop will be set aside for cyclists, and vehicles will be limited to driving one-way (counter clockwise). Practice physical distancing by keeping a healthy space of two metres between you and others.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Legacy Trail to Cascade Ponds Good. 11-07-2020: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Easy Johnson Lake Loop Good. 11-07-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Water Tower Trail Good. 05-07-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Cascade Ponds Loop Good. 05-07-2020: Mainly dry;  
Easy Lower Bankhead Interpretive Trail Good. 05-07-2020: Mainly dry;  
Easy Stewart Canyon Trail Good. 10-07-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate C-Level Cirque Trail Good. 10-07-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Stewart Canyon–Aylmer Pass Junction Good. 10-07-2020: Trail is in good condition; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Difficult Aylmer Lookout Trail Good. 10-07-2020: Trail is in good condition; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Bears frequenting the area; Trail details
Difficult Aylmer Pass Trail Fair. 10-07-2020: Snow at high elevation ; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Bears frequenting the area; Trail details

Bow Valley/Castle Junction Area

The Bow Valley Parkway east of Castle Junction remains closed to vehicle access.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Boom Lake Trail Wet. 05-07-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Trailhead–Vista Lake Fair. 05-07-2020: Not yet maintained; Trail details
Easy Silverton Falls Trail Road access closed 05-07-2020: No vehicle access; No parking on roadways, highways or trail heads; Trail details
Easy Johnston Canyon Trail Road access closed 05-07-2020: No vehicle access; No parking on roadways, highways or trail heads; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Walk or bike in access only, road closed to vehicles; Trail details
Moderate Ink Pots Trail Road access closed 05-07-2020: No vehicle access; No parking on roadways, highways or trail heads; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Walk or bike in access only, road closed to vehicles; Trail details
Moderate Rockbound Lake Trail Road access closed 05-07-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Snow at high elevation ; Walk or bike in access only, road closed to vehicles; Trail details
Moderate Castle Lookout Good. 05-07-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Trailhead–Bourgeau Lake Fair. 05-07-2020: Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Difficult Cory Pass Loop Closed. 11-07-2020: Construction work in progress; Trail work in progress; Respect all posted notices and signs; Trail details

Egypt Lake Area

Hiking trails in the Sunshine Meadows are accessible via the Healy Pass Trail and temporary washroom facilities are now available in the ski area parking lot. However, please be aware that Sunshine Village Ski Resort facilities are closed to the public for the summer season, including the gondola and standish chair lifts.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Healy Pass Trail Fair. 11-07-2020: Snow at high elevation ; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Warning; Trail details
Moderate Redearth Creek Trail Good. 11-07-2020: Mainly dry; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details

Cascade/Sawback Area

The Bow Valley Parkway east of Castle Junction remains closed to vehicle access.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Cascade Valley Trail: Trailhead–Cascade River bridge Good. 05-07-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Cascade Valley Trail: Cascade River bridge–Stoney Creek Good. 05-07-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Cascade Valley Trail: Stoney Creek–Flint's Park Trail Not Maintained 05-07-2020: High water levels at stream crossings; Trail details
Moderate Edith Pass Trail Closed. 05-07-2020: Parking lot and trailhead closed for construction; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Moderate Elk Lake Trail Good. 05-07-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Elk Pass Trail Good. 05-07-2020: Dangerous fords; Water levels are high; Trail details
Moderate Forty Mile Creek Trail Good. 05-07-2020: Stay on trail; Trail details

Bryant Creek Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Brewster Creek Trail: Brewster Creek Shortcut Fair. 05-07-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Brewster Creek Trail: Healy–Sundance Fair. 05-07-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Brewster Creek Trail: Sundance–Allenby Pass Poor. 05-07-2020: Not recommended; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Bryant Creek Trail Good. 05-07-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Burstall Pass Trail Not Maintained 05-07-2020: Not yet maintained; Snowbound at higher elevation; Flooded sections; Trail details
Moderate Leeman Lake Trail Not Maintained 05-07-2020: Not yet maintained; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Palliser Pass Trail: Burstall Pass Trail Junction–Bryant Creek Trail Junction Not Maintained 05-07-2020: Not yet maintained; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Difficult Palliser Pass Trail: Burstall Pass Trail Junction–Palliser Pass Not Maintained 05-07-2020: Not yet maintained; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details

Lake Louise Area

Snow at higher elevation. Lake Louise parking lot fills up early in the morning. Plan ahead. Please visit https://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/parksnow for parking situation.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Bow River Loop Good. 12-07-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Fairview Lookout Good. 12-07-2020: Mainly dry; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Louise Creek Good. 12-07-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Little Beehive Fair. 12-07-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Tramline Trail Good. 12-07-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Lake Louise Lakeshore Good. 12-07-2020: Mainly dry; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Great Divide Good. 12-07-2020: Mainly dry; Bears frequenting the area;  
Moderate Lake Agnes Fair. 12-07-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Big Beehive Lookout Fair. 12-07-2020: Snow patches; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Mirror Lake Highline Fair. 07-07-2020: Deadfall on trail; Snow covered sections; Wet and muddy sections;  
Difficult Taylor Lake Fair. 12-07-2020: Snow covered sections; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Big Beehive to Plain of Six Glacier Trail Snow at higher elevations. 12-07-2020: Snow covered sections; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Plain of Six Glaciers Trail Fair. 12-07-2020: Snow patches; Mainly dry; Trail details
Difficult Fairview Mountain Poor. 12-07-2020: Steep snow slopes ; Sections of deep snow; Risk of post-holing; Trail details
Moderate Highline/Plain of Six Glaciers Connector Fair. 12-07-2020: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Saddleback trail Poor. 12-07-2020: Steep snow slopes ; Sections of deep snow; Risk of post-holing; Stay on trail; Trail details
Difficult Ross Lake Trail Fair. 12-07-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Stream crossings; Trail details
Difficult Sheol/Paradise Connector Poor. 12-07-2020: Sections of deep snow; Not yet maintained; Trail details
Moderate Pipestone Closed for the season. 12-07-2020: Construction work in progress; Trail details

Moraine Lake Area

Moraine Lake parking lot fills up early in the morning. Plan ahead. Please visit https://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/parksnow for parking situation.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Consolation Lakes Trail Fair. 12-07-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Moraine Lakeshore Good. 12-07-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Rockpile Viewpoint Good. 12-07-2020: Mainly dry;  
Moderate Eiffel Lake Mud and snow at higher elevations. 12-07-2020: Sections of deep snow; Compact snow; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Larch Valley/Minnestimma Lake Snow at higher elevations. 12-07-2020: Snow covered sections; Trail details
Difficult Sentinel Pass Trail Not recommended. 12-07-2020: Snow at high elevation ; Steep snow slopes ; Trail details
Difficult Wenkchemna Pass Snow covered with icy sections. 12-07-2020: Sections of deep snow; Difficult route finding ; Risk of post-holing; Trail details
Difficult Moraine Lake Highline Fair. 12-07-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details

Paradise Valley Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Lake Annette Fair. 12-07-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Difficult Sentinel Pass - Paradise Valley Trail Not recommended. 12-07-2020: Steep snow slopes ; Difficult route finding ; Trail details
Moderate Paradise Valley and Giant Steps Fair. 12-07-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details

Skoki Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Baker Lake Trail Fair. 05-07-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Snow patches; Trail details
Difficult Hidden Lake Fair. 05-07-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Difficult Boulder Pass Fair. 05-07-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Route Skoki Loop Poor. 05-07-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Snow covered sections; Difficult route finding ; Trail details
Difficult Deception Pass Trail Fair. 05-07-2020: Snow patches; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details

Icefields Parkway Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Bow Summit Lookout Closed for the season. 28-06-2020: Construction work in progress; Respect all posted notices and signs; Trail details
Moderate Bow Glacier Falls Trail Fair. 03-07-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Cirque Lake Trail Very wet and muddy. 07-07-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Stay on trail; Trail details
Moderate Sunset Lookout Trail Fair. 07-07-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Helen Lake Fair. 08-07-2020: Snow patches; Wet and muddy sections; Stay on trail; Trail details
Difficult Glacier Lake Fair. 03-07-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Stay on trail; Trail details
Difficult Molar Pass Poor. 03-07-2020: Snow at high elevation ; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Difficult North Molar Pass Trail Poor. 03-07-2020: Snow at high elevation ; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Parker Ridge Snow at higher elevations. 03-07-2020: Snow covered sections; Wet and muddy sections; Fragile alpine vegetation, stay on the trail; Trail details
Difficult Sarbach Lookout Fair. 03-07-2020: Snow covered sections; Trail details
Moderate Peyto Lake Trail Closed. 03-07-2020: Closed until further notice.; Construction work in progress; Respect all posted notices and signs; Trail details
Moderate Sunset Pass Trail Very wet and muddy. 07-07-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Trail overgrown with vegetation; Difficult route finding ; Trail details
Moderate Mosquito Creek Good. 03-07-2020: Wet and muddy sections;  
Easy Howse River Lookout Trail Mainly Dry. 03-07-2020: Mainly dry;  
Moderate Mistaya Canyon Good. 03-07-2020: Mainly dry;  
Moderate Chephren LakeTrail Very wet and muddy. 07-07-2020: Wet and muddy sections; Stay on trail; Trail details
Moderate Nigel Pass Wet and muddy sections. 03-07-2020: Bridge(s) out; Stream crossings; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details