Dogs, like wolves and coyotes, cause stress for wildlife as they may be seen as a threat. Off-leash dogs can trigger aggressive behaviour from wildlife such as grizzly bears and elk. To prevent unsafe situations, dogs must be on a leash and under control at all times.

If you have a dog, it is your responsibility to:

  • ensure it is on a leash and under control at all times.
  • pick up and dispose of your dog's waste in a garbage bin.
  • To know which trails dogs are allowed, visit: parkscanada.gc.ca/banfftrails.
  • avoid trails that have seasonal trail restrictions and closures, as dogs are not permitted.
  • consider leaving your dog at home if you plan to camp, hike or go into the backcountry.
  • ensure your dog’s safety; select suitable activities and terrain that align with your and your dog’s abilities.
  • ensure you and your dog are prepared for extreme weather conditions (very cold temperatures, exposure, etc.) as the weather is very unpredictable in the mountains. 

It is illegal to feed, entice or disturb any wildlife in a national park. Violators will be charged, be required to appear in court, and could pay fines up to $25 000.

To report offenses call Banff Dispatch: 403-762-1470