We rarely head out for an adventure with the expectation that something will go wrong, and most times everything will go right. But sometimes the unexpected happens.

Natural hazards are a part of the national park experience. You can reduce the impact of an unfortunate circumstance by being well informed and well prepared.

For general information on how to stay safe when enjoying the outdoors visit AdventureSmart.ca.

For important information about safety while enjoying Banff National Park, explore the topics below.

Hiking

A little preparation can prevent a small setback from ruining your day or your trip. Follow these tips to have a day you will never forget… in a good way.

Camping

The "Bare" Campsite program is in place for your safety, and to help keep the wildlife in our National Parks alive and wild.

Wildlife

Any encounter with a wild animal is thrilling. Here is how to ensure your safety and theirs.

Avalanches

You don’t need to walk far to be in avalanche terrain where training, skills and equipment (i.e. beacon, probe and shovel) are essential.

Water safety

Ensuring that you have the proper safety equipment and are familiar with your chosen activity is the best way to stay safe on the water. Learn more about water safety.

Park regulations

In Canada, national parks enjoy special protections that may differ from other protected places. Please know “what not to do” in a national park.

Safety is everyone's responsibility. At Parks Canada, we do our part to make sure you can have a safe visit by assessing the risks, managing hazards, and making sure that safety information is freely available to everyone. You can do your part by seeking out the information you need to stay safe and make well informed decisions while enjoying these special places. Visit our websites and stop at a Visitor Centre for the most up to date information. Make sure you are fully prepared for whatever activities you choose to participate in so you can have a safe, enjoyable and memorable visit.

In case of emergency:
Dial 911. Cell coverage is limited in Banff National Park.

Cell phones:
Some cell phones work at some roadside locations. Check with your carrier to see if you have coverage in the area.

Backcountry beacons:
Devices such as "SPOT" or "inREACH" and satellite phones are often the only devices that work in the backcountry. Your adventure is not the place to learn how to use your emergency device. Be familiar with it and understand the difference between the “SOS/Emergency” and “Messaging” functions. Pre-enter your messages and tell your contact person how to reach Parks Canada in case of an emergency.

To report wildlife:
Identify the species with care and note the animal’s description, behaviour and location. Call Park Dispatch at 403-762-1470. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.