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 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 Area Winter Walking Trails

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

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Marsh Winter Loop Icy conditions 26-11-2022: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Fenland Winter Trail Icy conditions 26-11-2022: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Stewart Canyon Winter Trail Icy conditions 26-11-2022: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Spray Winter Connector Icy conditions 26-11-2022: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Johnston Canyon Winter Trail See comment section 26-11-2022: Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Icy sections.; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Mountain Summit Winter Trail Icy conditions 26-11-2022: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Winter Trail Icy conditions 26-11-2022: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Sundance Canyon Winter Trail Icy conditions 26-11-2022: Cleats recommended; Trail details

Banff Area Snowshoeing Trails

Not enough snow for snowshoeing.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Westside Winter Trail Closed. 26-11-2022: Check the important bulletins for more information; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Easy Tunnel Mountain Drive - Winter Icy conditions 26-11-2022: minimal snow depth; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Surprise Corner to Hoodoos Winter Trail Icy conditions 26-11-2022: minimal snow depth; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Johnson Lake Winter Trail Icy conditions 26-11-2022: minimal snow depth; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Upper Stoney Winter Loop Icy conditions 26-11-2022: minimal snow depth; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Ink Pots Winter Trail Icy conditions 26-11-2022: minimal snow depth; Cleats recommended; Trail details

Banff Area Fat Biking Trails

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Tunnel Mountain Multi-use Winter Trails Icy conditions 26-11-2022: Studded tires recommended; Trail details
Moderate Banff Avenue Winter Trail Icy conditions 26-11-2022: Studded tires recommended; Trail details
Easy Spray River East Winter Trail Icy conditions 26-11-2022: Studded tires recommended; Flat packed; Trail details
Easy Sundance Winter Trail Icy conditions 26-11-2022: Studded tires recommended; Trail details
Moderate Lake Minnewanka Winter Trail Icy conditions 26-11-2022: Studded tires recommended; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Bench Winter Loop Icy conditions 26-11-2022: Studded tires recommended; Trail details

Banff Area Cross-Country Ski Trails

Tracksetting has not yet begun for the winter season

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Spray River Winter: West Trail Icy conditions 26-11-2022: Flat packed; Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Not recommended; Trail details
Easy Spray River Winter: East Trail Icy conditions 26-11-2022: Flat packed; Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Not recommended; Trail details
Easy Tunnel Mountain Winter Trails Not recommended. 26-11-2022: Insufficient snow for tracksetting for cross-country skiing; Trail details
Easy Cascade Valley Winter Trail: Lake Minnewanka Parking to Upper Bankhead No snow. 26-11-2022: Insufficient snow for tracksetting for cross-country skiing; Trail details
Easy Cascade Valley Winter Trail: Lake Minnewanka Parking to Cascade River Bridge Hazardous conditions. 26-11-2022: Insufficient snow for tracksetting for cross-country skiing; Trail details
Easy Cascade Valley Winter Trail: Cascade River Bridge to Stoney Creek Hazardous conditions. 26-11-2022: Insufficient snow for tracksetting for cross-country skiing; Trail details
Easy Healy Creek Winter Trail Not recommended. 26-11-2022: Insufficient snow for tracksetting for cross-country skiing; Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Trail details
Easy Sundance Winter Trail Not recommended. 26-11-2022: Insufficient snow for tracksetting for cross-country skiing; Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks;  
Moderate Brewster Creek Winter Trail Not recommended. 26-11-2022: Insufficient snow for tracksetting for cross-country skiing; Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Trail details
Moderate Goat Creek Winter Trail See comment section 26-11-2022: Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail is closed past the National Park Boundary, No access to Goat Greek trailhead in Spray Valley PP; Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Flat packed; Icy sections.; Trail details
Moderate Redearth Creek Winter Trail Variable conditions. 26-11-2022: Flat packed; Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Icy sections.; Trail details

Bow Valley Parkway Cross-Country Ski Trails

Tracksetting has not yet begun for the winter season.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Baker Creek to Protection Mountain Campground Not recommended. 25-11-2022: Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Not yet maintained; Trail details
Easy Castle Junction Cross-country Ski Trails: Trail #1 - Castle Junction to Castle Mountain Lookout Not recommended. 25-11-2022: Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Not yet maintained; Trail details
Easy Castle Junction Cross-country Ski Trails: Trail #2 Not recommended. 25-11-2022: Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Not yet maintained; Trail details
Easy Castle Junction Cross-country Ski Trails: Trail #3 Not recommended. 25-11-2022: Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Not yet maintained; Trail details
Moderate Protection Mountain Campground to Castle Mountain Lookout Not recommended. 25-11-2022: Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Not yet maintained; Trail details

Lake Louise Area Snowshoeing and Winter Hiking Trails

Winter conditions. 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 Winter conditions. 25-11-2022: Avalanche Risk rated as Simple Class 1 terrain - at km 1, the trail crosses the runout zone of an avalanche path which rarely runs; Snow covered; Snowshoes recommended; Deadfall on trail; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Lake Louise Lakeshore Trail Winter conditions. 25-11-2022: Snow covered; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Fairview Lookout Trail Winter conditions. 25-11-2022: Snow covered; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Louise Creek Trail Winter conditions. 25-11-2022: Snow covered; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Laggan's Loop Not recommended. 25-11-2022: Not yet maintained; Route unmarked; Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Trail details
Moderate Mirror Lake, via Lake Agnes Trail Winter conditions. 25-11-2022: 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; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Trail details
Difficult Taylor Lake Trail Winter conditions. 25-11-2022: Snow covered; Snowshoes recommended; Trail details

Lake Louise Area Cross-Country Ski Trails

Early season conditions. Recent tracksetting: Nov. 26 - Moraine Lake Road (to viewpoint); Great Divide Trail. Nov. 24 - Campground Loop (single trackset only); Bow River Loop (groomed only). Nov 8 - Upper & Lower Tramline

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Moraine Lake Road Good. 26-11-2022: Double trackset classic and skate; Avalanche risk: Beyond the viewpoint the trail crosses large avalanche paths.; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; When trailhead parking is full, access Moraine Lake Road via Upper Tramline trail and park at Lake Louise parking lot.; No dogs allowed; Trail details
Moderate Fairview Loop Early season conditions. 11-11-2022: Not yet maintained; Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Skier tracked; No dogs allowed; Trail details
Easy Lower Tramline Early season conditions. 08-11-2022: Trail groomed; No dogs allowed; Trail details
Easy Upper Tramline Early season conditions. 08-11-2022: Trail groomed; No dogs allowed; Trail details
Moderate Lake Louise Loop Early season conditions. 13-11-2022: Lake Louise Loop is made up of two separately maintained trails: Lake Louise shoreline and Lake Surface ; Ice is thin, unpredictable and may give away unexpectedly; Lake Louise shoreline - poor; Insufficient snow for tracksetting for cross-country skiing; Trail details
Difficult Upper Telemark Early season conditions. 11-11-2022: Not yet maintained; Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; No dogs allowed; Trail details
Easy Great Divide Trail Good. 26-11-2022: Double trackset classic and skate; No dogs allowed; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks;  
Easy Peyto Trail Early season conditions. 11-11-2022: Not yet maintained; Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; No dogs allowed; Trail details
Easy Lower Telemark Early season conditions. 11-11-2022: Not yet maintained; Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; No dogs allowed; Trail details
Easy Bow River Loop Early season conditions. 24-11-2022: Trail groomed; Trail details
Easy Campground Loop Early season conditions. 24-11-2022: Single trackset classic; Trail details
Moderate Pipestone Loop Early season conditions. 11-11-2022: Not yet maintained; Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Trail details
Easy Townsite Early season conditions. 09-11-2022: Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Packed and graded; Trail details
Easy Hector Early season conditions. 11-11-2022: Not yet maintained; Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Trail details
Easy Drummond Early season conditions. 11-11-2022: Not yet maintained; Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Trail details
Easy Merlin Early season conditions. 11-11-2022: Not yet maintained; Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Trail details

Bow Summit Area on Icefields Parkway

Winter conditions. 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
Easy Peyto Lake Viewpoint Winter conditions. 25-11-2022: Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Trail details