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 you

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

Banff Area Cross-Country Ski Trails

Recent tracksetting: Jan 20 - Redearth Creek; Jan 10 - Cascade Valley (Lake Minnewanka to Upper Bankhead, (Upper Bankhead parking lot to 6 km Cascade River Bridge, Cascade River bridge to Stoney Creek); Jan 8 - Spray River West, Spray River East; Goat Creek; Jan 7 - Healy Creek, Sundance Winter Trail; Jan 6 - Redearth Creek (up to Shadow Lake Lodge).

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Spray River Winter: West Trail Snow covered. 23-01-2022: Skier tracked; Dogs not allowed; Hazardous trees; Trail details
Easy Spray River Winter: East Trail Snow covered. 23-01-2022: Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Easy Tunnel Mountain Winter Trails Snow covered. 23-01-2022: Trail groomed; Dogs not allowed; Freeze / thaw cycle; Trail details
Easy Cascade Valley Winter Trail: Lake Minnewanka Parking to Upper Bankhead Snow covered with icy sections. 23-01-2022: Dogs not allowed; Skier tracked; Freeze / thaw cycle; Trail details
Easy Cascade Valley Winter Trail: Lake Minnewanka Parking to Cascade River Bridge Snow covered. 23-01-2022: Dogs not allowed; Skier tracked; Trail details
Easy Cascade Valley Winter Trail: Cascade River Bridge to Stoney Creek Snow covered. 23-01-2022: Dogs not allowed; Skier tracked; Trail details
Easy Healy Creek Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 23-01-2022: Dogs on leash permitted; Skier tracked; Trail details
Easy Sundance Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 23-01-2022: Dogs on leash permitted; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails;  
Moderate Brewster Creek Winter Trail Good. 23-01-2022: Snowmobile packed; Dogs on leash permitted; Maintenance work in progress; Trail details
Moderate Goat Creek Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 23-01-2022: Dogs not allowed; Hazardous trees; Skier tracked; Trail details
Moderate Redearth Creek Winter Trail Good. 23-01-2022: Single trackset classic; Flat packed; Dogs not allowed; Please walk or snowshoe beside tracks set, not on tracks; Trail details

Banff Area Winter Walking Trails

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Marsh Winter Loop Snow covered with icy sections. 23-01-2022: Compact snow; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Fenland Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 23-01-2022: Compact snow; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Stewart Canyon Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 23-01-2022: Compact snow; Icy sections.; Cleats recommended; Use caution; Trail details
Easy Spray Winter Connector Snow covered with icy sections. 23-01-2022: Compact snow; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Johnston Canyon Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 23-01-2022: Compact snow; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Mountain Summit Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 23-01-2022: Compact snow; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 23-01-2022: Compact snow; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Sundance Canyon Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 23-01-2022: Icy sections.; Cleats recommended; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details

Banff Area Snowshoeing Trails

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Tunnel Mountain Drive - Winter Snow covered with icy sections. 23-01-2022: Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Moderate Surprise Corner to Hoodoos Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 23-01-2022: Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Easy Johnson Lake Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 23-01-2022: Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Moderate Upper Stoney Winter Loop Snow covered with icy sections. 23-01-2022: Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Moderate Ink Pots Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 23-01-2022: Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Westside Winter Trail Closed. 23-01-2022: Closed until further notice; Respect all posted notices and signs; Trail details

Banff Area Fat Biking Trails

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Tunnel Mountain Multi-use Winter Trails Snow covered. 23-01-2022: Flat packed; Freeze / thaw cycle; Trail details
Moderate Banff Avenue Winter Trail Snow covered. 23-01-2022: Studded tires recommended; Flat packed; Sections of deep snow; Trail details
Easy Spray River East Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 23-01-2022: Studded tires recommended; Dogs not allowed; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Sections of deep snow; Trail details
Easy Sundance Winter Trail Snow covered. 23-01-2022: Studded tires recommended; Sections of deep snow; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Moderate Lake Minnewanka Winter Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 23-01-2022: Studded tires recommended; Deadfall on trail; Sections of deep snow; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Bench Winter Loop Snow covered. 23-01-2022: Studded tires recommended; Trail details

Bow Valley Parkway Cross-Country Ski Trails

The cross-country ski race "Lake Louise to Castle Jct Loppet" is from January 17-30. For information, please see loppet.ca

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Baker Creek to Protection Mountain Campground Good. 21-01-2022: Trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Castle Junction Cross-country Ski Trails: Trail #1 - Castle Junction to Castle Mountain Lookout Fair. 21-01-2022: Skier tracked; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Castle Junction Cross-country Ski Trails: Trail #2 Fair. 21-01-2022: Skier tracked; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Castle Junction Cross-country Ski Trails: Trail #3 Fair. 21-01-2022: Skier tracked; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Moderate Protection Mountain Campground to Castle Mountain Lookout Fair. 21-01-2022: Skier tracked; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details

Lake Louise Area Cross-Country Ski Trails

The annual cross-country ski race "Lake Louise to Castle jct Loppet" is from January 17-30. For information, please see loppet.ca. Recent tracksetting: Jan 23: Great Divide Road; Lower Telemark. Jan. 22: Moraine Lake Road; Lake Louise shoreline. Jan 21: Pipestone Loop; Hector; Drummond; Merlin; Upper & Lower Tramline; Townsite; Upper Telemark; Peyto; Lake Louise (surface). Jan 20: Fairview; Bow River Loop; Campground Loop.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Moraine Lake Road Good. 22-01-2022: Double trackset classic and skate; No parking on roadways, or highways; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Avalanche risk: Beyond the viewpoint the trail crosses large avalanche paths.; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Easy Townsite Good. 21-01-2022: Single trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Moderate Fairview Loop Good. 20-01-2022: Double trackset classic; Please walk or snowshoe beside tracks set, not on tracks; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Easy Upper Tramline Good. 21-01-2022: Single trackset classic; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Easy Lower Tramline Good. 21-01-2022: Single trackset classic; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Moderate Lake Louise Loop Fair. 22-01-2022: Lake Louise Loop is made up of two separately maintained trails: Lake Louise shoreline and Lake Surface ; Lake Louise surface is fair due to icy and slushy conditions; Lake Louise shoreline - good; Trail details
Difficult Upper Telemark Good. 22-01-2022: Double trackset classic; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Easy Great Divide Good. 23-01-2022: Double trackset classic and skate; Dogs not allowed; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks;  
Moderate Peyto Good. 21-01-2022: Double trackset classic; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Easy Lower Telemark Good. 23-01-2022: Single trackset classic; Dogs not allowed; Trail details
Easy Bow River Loop Good. 20-01-2022: Single trackset classic; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Campground Loop Good. 20-01-2022: Double trackset classic and skate; Dogs on leash permitted; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Trail details
Moderate Pipestone Loop Good. 21-01-2022: Single trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Please walk or snowshoe beside tracks set, not on tracks; Trail details
Easy Hector Good. 21-01-2022: Single trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Please walk or snowshoe beside tracks set, not on tracks; Trail details
Easy Drummond Good. 21-01-2022: Single trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Please walk or snowshoe beside tracks set, not on tracks; Trail details
Easy Merlin Good. 21-01-2022: Single trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Please walk or snowshoe beside tracks set, not on tracks; Trail details

Lake Louise Area Snowshoeing and Winter Hiking Trails

Caution: Trees blown down on trails! 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 Trees blown down. 22-01-2022: 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; Numerous trees down on trail; Trail details
Easy Lake Louise Lakeshore Snow covered. 22-01-2022: Cleats recommended; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Fairview Lookout Snow covered. 22-01-2022: Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Louise Creek Trees blown down. 22-01-2022: Snowshoes recommended; Dogs on leash permitted; Deadfall on trail; Trail details
Moderate Mirror Lake, via Lake Agnes Trail Trees blown down. 22-01-2022: 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; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Laggan's Loop Trees blown down. 22-01-2022: Snowshoes recommended; Dogs on leash permitted; Deadfall on trail; Trail details
Difficult Taylor Lake Trees blown down. 22-01-2022: Avalanche danger beyond reaching the lake; Snowshoes recommended; Dogs on leash permitted; Deadfall on trail; Trail details

Bow Summit Area on Icefields Parkway

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Peyto Lake Viewpoint Snow covered. 22-01-2022: Dogs on leash permitted; Snowshoes recommended; Trail details