Coronavirus (COVID-19) and your visit to Banff National Park
All Parks Canada facilities are temporarily closed, all visitor services and all motor vehicle access by visitors are suspended until further notice.
The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority.
We are following the advice of public health experts and taking steps to support the Government of Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce risks to visitors, employees, and other users of Parks Canada spaces.
Effective 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Parks Canada is temporarily suspending all visitor services and motor vehicle access by visitors until further notice. We will limit activities to basic critical operations.
Parks Canada will re-evaluate the temporary closure on an ongoing basis and keep you updated as more information becomes available. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for updates.
The latest information you need to know about your visit to Banff National Park
This is a challenging time for all Canadians and it is even more important now that we enhance our efforts to change our behaviours and work together to flatten the curve and limit the spread of COVID-19. Last week, Parks Canada took action by suspending all visitor services at national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas. In response to high visitation and crowding that continued to occur in a number of Parks Canada locations over the weekend, and in an effort to help limit the spread of COVID-19, Parks Canada is now taking further measures that support the public health direction to stay at home.
Effective 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Parks Canada is now temporarily suspending all motor vehicle access for visitors at all national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas, until further notice.
In Banff National Park, effective 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Parks Canada will temporarily suspend motor vehicle access by visitors on the following roads:
- Bow Valley Parkway (from its east end / junction with Highway 1, to its junction with Highway 93 South)
- Minnewanka Loop
- Mountain Ave
- Sunshine Road
- Norquay Road
- Tunnel Mountain Road
The Trans Canada Highway, Highway 93 South and Icefield Parkway will remain open to through traffic. Restrooms will continue to be maintained along transportation corridors at this time. Access to the Town of Banff and Village of Lake Louise businesses and critical services will be maintained.Contractors, emergency services, utilities and related services will be provided with access on these roads as required.
On Thursday March 19 the following facilities and services were closed and remain closed:
- the Banff and Lake Louise Visitor Centres, and the satellite kiosk at the Banff Train Station,
- overnight accommodations and camping facilities, including Tunnel Mountain Village 2 campground, the Lake Louise Campground and backcountry camping,
- the Banff Park Museum National Historic Site,
- the Cave and Basin National Historic Site,
- the Park Administration Buildings in the communities of Banff and Lake Louise,
- the Banff Upper Hot Springs, and
- the kiosks at the East Gate.
All parking lots, vehicle services, washrooms, day use facilities, showers, visitor centres, and all camping facilities, including oTENTiks, yurts and backcountry camping, are closed until further notice. Many trails and day-use areas in Banff National Park are no longer accessible due to the temporary closure of secondary roads and many of the parking lots. Click here for more information
While visitor services are temporarily suspended, Parks Canada will continue to deliver a number of critical functions. In Banff National Park these include:
- highways operations and snow removal,
- avalanche control,
- visitor safety and search and rescue,
- water testing and waste water treatment at our outlying sites,
- Human-wildlife conflict response,
- fire response,
- emergency dispatch,
- law enforcement, and
- construction project implementation support.
This is an evolving situation. For more information visit the Public Health Agency of Canada Coronavirus disease page, the Alberta Health Services Coronavirus disease page and the Town of Banff Coronavirus disease page.
Parks Canada is working with our partners to keep visitors and residents informed and safe.
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