A number of roads and facilities in Banff National Park are under construction. For information and to help plan your trip, please visit: Construction Projects
Temporary closures on the Bow Valley Parkway
Friday, June 9 - Last night’s storm brought with it heavy winds which has downed trees and cut power in a few popular locations in Banff National Park. Parks Canada has temporarily closed Johnston Canyon trail and Johnston Canyon campground for public safety.
Over 100 trees fell on the Bow Valley Parkway between Johnston Canyon and the east entrance to this road. There were no injuries and minimal property damage. The Parkway (Highway 1A) will reopen on Saturday or early Sunday. The Trans-Canada Highway remains open through the park. Check 511Alberta for up-to-date road reports.
Johnston Canyon trail and campground will remain closed this weekend to allow crews to clear downed trees and complete safety assessments. Parks Canada will be contacting all campers with a reservation at Johnston Canyon to provide them with an alternate campsite.
Further updates will be provided when new information, including an estimated opening date, is available. Thanks for your patience and enjoy your weekend!
Happy birthday, bison! Ten bison calves born in Banff’s backcountry
Banff just got a whole lot cuter. Ten healthy bison calves were born in Banff National Park’s remote backcountry between Earth Day (April 22) and throughout May 2017, bringing the herd number to 26. These new arrivals represent the future of bison restoration in Banff and are part of the larger vision to reintroduce wild bison to the park.
© Parks Canada / Karsten Heuer
The new calves are healthy and doing well. They are mingling with the herd, napping in the sun and playing. For the next few months, the calves will stay close to their mothers as they explore their new world. Their arrival is key part of the project as it will help the herd anchor to the landscape and adopt it as their new home.
Follow the herd from home!
- See what life is like for the calves by watching our new webisode on YouTube. Share it with your friends and family on social media.
- Plains bison reintroduction in Banff National Park
Order your free 2017 Discovery pass now!
Admission to Canada's National Parks, Historic Sites and Marine Conservation Areas is free for 2017. As Canada's gift to you, the 2017 Discovery Pass will provide free admission for the entire year to Parks Canada places from coast-to-coast to coast!
- You only need to order one pass for your group or family if you are all travelling together. A 2017 Discovery Pass is valid for everyone arriving in the same vehicle at a national park, or arriving together at a marine conservation area or historic site.
- The Discovery Pass is only accepted at national historic sites which are operated by Parks Canada.
- Activities such as tours or parking that normally carry a separate fee may not be covered by the Discovery Pass.
- Camping fees are not included with the Discovery Pass
- Validity Period: January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.
Bow Valley Parkway Mandatory Seasonal Travel Restriction
The Bow Valley Parkway, a 48-kilometre, scenic, secondary highway paralleling the Trans-Canada Highway between the town of Banff and the village of Lake Louise, is a naturally and historically rich area of Banff National Park, and a year-round scenic heritage experience. Its eastern portion travels through a small but vital part of the park, called the montane, that provides critical habitat for large carnivores, including wolves, cougars and bears.
From March 1st to June 25th, travel is not permitted between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. on the 17-kilometre section of the parkway from Johnston Canyon Campground to the Fireside Picnic Area. This is to ensure the area remains a high quality home for wildlife.
All businesses and commercial accommodations remain open during this mandatory travel restriction and are easily accessible by driving the Trans-Canada Highway and exiting at Castle Junction.
Protecting wildlife is the foundation of a great visitor experience and sustainable future for Banff National Park. This mandatory travel restriction will allow sensitive wildlife to move unimpeded across the landscape, use high-quality habitat, and engage in normal behaviour. It is part of a larger action plan to ensure the ecologically and culturally rich Bow Valley Parkway area continues as a world-class setting for visitors to learn about and experience the park, and as a safe and secure environment for wildlife.
Mountains 101: a free online learning experience
Parks Canada is proud to partner with the University of Alberta, a leader in education and research, to support Mountains 101: Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that will provide a comprehensive overview of mountain studies.
Mountains 101 will inspire Canadians to learn and explore Canada’s mountain heritage throughout the country (including mountain national parks) and to understand how Parks Canada protects, conserves and shares these special places.
To register or for more information, go to the University of Alberta Mountains 101 course web page.
Do not feed any wildlife
Parks Canada needs your help in sharing this information.
Do not feed wildlife in the national park. It’s for their safety and yours.
Maximum fine for anyone feeding wildlife is $25,000.
Please report all incidents of wildlife feeding in Banff National Park to Banff Dispatch at 403-762-1470.
Every little bit helps. Thank you.