We are one of Canada’s most loved places. Planning ahead is essential! Here are ten things you can do to ensure you spend more time enjoying the park. Great memories? Check!
- Get your park pass - Pick up your free Discovery Pass online or from any Parks Canada partner today.
- Reserve a place to stay - From mid-June through mid-September, campground reservations are essential. Arrive early at first-come, first-served campgrounds and reserve ahead at reservable campgrounds. We also recommend booking your hotel, hostel or B&B well in advance. Planning to visit during a long-weekend? Be extra prepared. Without a reservation you will almost certainly be disappointed. A reminder that alcohol is not permitted in campgrounds during long weekends.
- Take the stewardship pledge - Remember, a fed animal is a dead animal. Please, never feed wildlife or leave food or garbage outside. It is illegal here. Secure your food in a car. Put all trash in bear-proof garbage bins. Stay in your vehicle when watching wildlife at the roadside and keep your dog on a leash at all times. What else? These are our Top Tips.
- Know your seasons and seasonal closures - Moraine Lake Road is open mid-May to mid-October and high alpine hikes are inaccessible until July due to snowpack. The park is a dynamic environment! Keep an eye on seasonal and safety closures to avoid disappointment.
- Plan ahead for popular destinations - Parking at popular destinations fills quickly. Get insider info on what to expect. BanffNow offers real-time updates on traffic and available parking.
Get your transit and shuttle maps
- Park and play! ROAM Transit serves the towns of Banff and Canmore. In the Lake Louise area, shuttle service is available and strongly recommended. Print or screenshot the schedules and maps before you arrive. Bookmark BanffParking.ca and consult 511 Alberta for current road reports.
Write down the Visitor Centre hours - Visit a helpful Visitor Centre in Banff or Lake Louise for advice about trails, experiences or information about how to make the most of your national park adventure. Hours vary over the summer and by location.
Brush up on safety tips - Natural hazards are part of the national park experience. Here are some tips for drivers, hikers, campers and winter enthusiasts. Simple tips to look, act and be safe like a local.
Pick at least one guided activity - Have someone reveal the unseen wonder of Banff to you. Local interpreters and guides can turn the simply beautiful into the simply magical.
- Visit at least one quieter destination - Many people find that quieter places in the park make the best memories, especially when you can explore at your leisure all to yourself. Pick one and start your own list of “hidden gems”.