The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority. We are only opening places and activities where risks can be managed, according to the advice of public health experts. For your safety, at all times, avoid all places, green spaces, day use areas and trails that are closed.

Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.

Update for June 1, 2020 - Gradual reopening of Parks Canada places

As of June 1, some Parks Canada places began a safe, gradual reopening of some outdoor areas at national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. Openings will differ across the country.

This means:

  • As of June 1, you may be able to access certain Parks Canada places near you.
  • Access to some trails, day use areas, and green spaces at some locations will be permitted.
  • Group activities and public events are suspended until further notice.
  • Highways and roadways which pass through Parks Canada places will remain open.

We will continue to deliver services critical for Canadians, including highway maintenance, fire response, dam operations and water management on historic waterways, avalanche control, among others.

You are encouraged to purchase a Discovery Pass online before your visit as admission fees may be collected at the Parks Canada place you plan to visit.

Update for June 17, 2020 - Camping resumption

Starting June 22, 2020, Parks Canada will begin to offer some camping services at select national parks and national historic sites across the country. Initially, camping will be available only to visitors with existing reservations. Parks Canada will gradually begin to accept new online reservations for some campgrounds over the coming weeks.

Important information about your visit to Banff National Park

To help Canadians gain access to the health and wellness benefits that come from being outdoors and in nature, a number of Parks Canada places will be gradually restoring visitor access and services. Beginning June 1, 2020, visitors will be welcomed back to Banff National Park with safety being a priority. Access will be focused on the resumption of autonomous day use of trails, grounds, and other outdoor settings and include the continuation of critical services and the gradual resumption of some key field-based ecological and cultural protection activities.

To ensure the safety of visitors, residents and staff, Parks Canada is taking a phased approach to restoring access to the park. In doing so, physical distancing for the public remains a critical requirement in all areas of the park. While some of the restrictions and closures implemented in the park to date as a result of Covid-19 have been lifted, others will remain in effect at this time.

Starting on June 4, visitors to Banff National Park require a park pass for entry. Visitors can purchase their pass online, via a partner organizations or in person at the Banff East Gates. For more details, click here.

New reservations will open at Banff National Park starting:

  • Wednesday, June 24, 8:00 am MT Banff backcountry campgrounds
  • Friday, June 26, 8:00 am MT Banff front-country campgrounds

Not all services or facilities are open, so please see details below before you reserve

What’s open (updated June 26, 2020)

Beginning June 22, 2020, the following services and activities are available in Banff National Park:

Motor vehicle access

Visitors can enjoy a scenic drive through the park and access many of the trails and day use areas as the suspension of motor vehicle access on secondary roads has now been lifted with the exception on the Bow Valley Parkway east of Castle junction and Tunnel Mountain Drive. Vehicle parking is limited to designated areas only. Signage and monitoring will be used throughout the park to inform the public of parking restrictions and encourage compliance. Roadside parking is prohibited.

Check BanffNow for up to date information.

Open roads and parking areas

Bow Valley Parkway: open with restrictions
  • North of Castle Junction: open
    • Paving of this portion of road is scheduled for May/June
  • Johnston Canyon Trail: open
    • the trailhead is not accessible by motor vehicle due to the closures on the BVP closure. Visitor use will be monitored.
  • Cycling and hiking opportunities continue to be available on the Bow Valley Parkway.

Fairmont Banff Golf Course Road: open

Minnewanka Loop Road: open
  • Once safety measures are in place one lane of the Lake Minnewanka Loop will be set aside for cyclists, and vehicles will be limited to driving one-way (counter clockwise).
  • Parking restricted to parking lots only (roadside parking restrictions to be enforced).

Norquay road: open

Tunnel Mountain Road: open

Sunshine Road: open

Sulphur Mountain parking lot: open

Mountain Avenue parking areas: open

Bourgeau, Redearth, Carrot Creek parking areas: open

Moraine Lake: open (June 24)
  • Number of vehicles in parking lot may be restricted to address capacity.
  • Monitoring in effect.
  • Parking of vehicles is restricted to parking lots only (roadside parking restrictions to be enforced).
Transit

Transit services for the summer of 2020 : open (with restrictions)

  • Transit will be different than in years past. To help limit exposure to COVID-19, transit in Banff National Park is operating at a reduced capacity. For more information, click here.
Day use areas

Day use areas in the park, including those in the Banff Townsite, Lake Minnewanka and along the Icefields Parkway are open with some restrictions. Kitchen shelters (where applicable) will be closed.

Open day use areas

Banff Townsite: Open with restrictions
  • Cascade of Time Gardens: open
  • Kitchen shelters are closed.
  • Parking of vehicles is restricted to parking lots only (roadside parking restriction to be enforced).

Lake Minnewanka day use area: Open with restrictions
  • Flush washrooms: open
  • Kitchen shelters are closed.

Lake Minnewanka loop: Open with restrictions
  • Kitchen shelters at Cascade ponds are closed.
  • Parking restricted to parking lots only (roadside parking restrictions to be enforced).

Sunshine meadows: open
  • Hiking trails in the Sunshine Meadows are accessible via the Healy Pass Trail and temporary washroom facilities are now available in the ski area parking lot. However, please be aware that Sunshine Village Ski Resort facilities are closed to the public for the summer season, including the gondola and standish chair lifts.

TCH and Hwy 93 South trailheads and day use areas: open

Johnston Canyon trail and day use area: open
  • Trail and day use area: open
  • Washrooms: open
  • Johnston Canyon Trail remains open, but the trailhead is not accessible by motor vehicle due to the closures on the BVP closure. Cycling and hiking opportunities continue to be available on the Bow Valley Parkway.

Lake Louise Day use area: open
  • Number of vehicles in parking lot may be restricted to address capacity.
  • Monitoring in effect.
  • Parking of vehicles is restricted to parking lots only (roadside parking restrictions to be enforced).

Moraine Lake: open (June 24)
  • Number of vehicles in parking lot may be restricted to address capacity.
  • Monitoring in effect.
  • Parking of vehicles is restricted to parking lots only (roadside parking restrictions to be enforced).

Bow Lake Day use area: open
  • Number of vehicles in parking lot may be restricted to address capacity.
  • Monitoring in effect.
  • Parking of vehicles is restricted to parking lots only (roadside parking restrictions to be enforced).
Banff National Park East gate

The Banff East Gates are open as of June 4. Parks Canada staff will be available to provide information about services currently available to visitors as well sell national park passes. We encourage contactless payment when possible.

For more information on passes and fees, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

David Thompson and Niblock Gate

The David Thompson and Niblock Gates are open for the sale of Parks Canada entry passes. Contactless payment is encouraged.

For more information on passes and fees, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Fees

For current pass holders, Parks Canada will automatically extend the end date of Discovery Passes. The end date for all Discovery Passes that were valid in the month of March 2020 will be extended by four months to cover the full period of the suspension of visitor services by Parks Canada plus the period of incremental resumption of visitor services during the month of June.

  • Visitors to Banff National Park require a park pass for entry. Visitors can purchase their pass online, via a partner organizations or in person at the Banff East Gates. We encourage contactless payment when possible. Please visit Parks Canada’s website for more information.
  • The Parks Canada Discovery Pass provides unlimited admission for a full year to over 80 Parks Canada places across the country.
  • Admission is free for youth 17 and under to all Parks Canada’s places. Parks Canada’s places are a great way for youth to experience the outdoors and learn more about our environment and history.
Hiking and cycling trails

Hiking and cycling trails in Banff National Park are open for day use. Due to the continued closure of the east section of the Bow Valley Parkway, access to Johnston Canyon Trail will only be available to those who bike or hike the road. Please see the Trail Conditions report for more information.

Once safety measures are in place, one lane of the Lake Minnewanka Loop will be set aside for cyclists, and vehicles will be limited to driving one-way (counter clockwise).

While on the trails, please behave responsibly and practice physical distancing. Where possible, create two metres distance between you and other people by stepping to the side and not following directly behind the person or group in front of you. Safety is a shared responsibility. Let’s work together to keep Banff National Park safe.

National Historic Sites
  • Day-use areas, including green spaces, picnic areas: open
  • Grounds of the national historic site: open
  • Flush washrooms: open
  • Parking lots: open
  • Some day-use trails, including some cycling access on designated trails and pathways.

For more information please visit: Cave and Basin National Historic Site

Public washroom facilities

Public washroom facilities are open throughout the park.

Visitor information centres

We continue to encourage visitors to reach out to our Visitor Centre staff for trip planning questions and to find out more information regarding Parks Canada’s phased reopening over the phone (1-403-762-1550) or via email (pc.banff-vrc.pc@canada.ca).

Starting June 12th, limited in-person information service will be available outside the Banff Visitor Centre located at 224 Banff Ave. from 0900h – 1700h. Information, pass sales and residents passes will be available.

The Lake Louise Visitor Centre is open for phone and email inquiries only.

Village of Lake Louise
  • Parks Canada asks visitors to practice safe physical distancing when visiting the Village of Lake Louise.
  • Parking restrictions may be implemented based on traffic and visitor volume to help enable safe physical distancing.
  • Traffic flaggers will be present throughout the summer to help facilitate the safe and smooth flow of traffic. Please respect these workers and help keep them safe.
  • There are a number of tourism businesses and operations in the Lake Louise area. These operators are valued partners and provide important services to visitors. Visitors should contact them directly before visiting to ensure there has been no change to their services.
Lake Louise lakeshore
  • Parking lot capacity will be monitored and may be limited by traffic flaggers. Please respect these workers and help keep them safe.
  • Parks Canada asks visitors to practice safe physical distancing when enjoying the Lake Louise Lakeshore and day use area.
Icefields Parkway
  • All day use areas that are accessible based on road and avalanche conditions will open June 1, 2020.
  • Parking lots and trailheads will open. Capacity may be restricted to help enable physical distancing measures.
  • Hiking trails will open for visitors.
  • All washrooms that are accessible based on road and avalanche conditions will open June 1, 2020.
What’s closed (updated June 26, 2020)

On June 22, 2020, the following services and activities remain closed in Banff National Park:

Motor vehicle access

Closed roads and parking areas

Bow Valley Parkway:
  • South of Castle Junction: closed
  • East entrance to Castle Junction: closed
  • Cycling remains accessible.

Tunnel Mountain Drive: closed

Moraine Lake Road: closed (open June 24)
  • Due to seasonal conditions

Peyto Lake day use area parking: closed
Day use areas
All picnic and kitchen shelters at day use areas: closed

The Peyto Lake day use area is closed due to construction.

Hot Springs
Banff Upper Hot Springs: closed
  • Remains closed until further notice.
National Historic Sites
Cave and Basin National Historic Site: closed
  • Entry into the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, internment exhibit, welcome building and gift shop; The upper boardwalk, lower boardwalk, marsh viewing platform; and interpretive programs and events.
Banff Park Museum National Historic Site: closed
Lake Louise visitor centre
  • The Lake Louise visitor centre remains closed.
  • Please reach out to our Visitor Centre staff for trip planning questions and to find out more information regarding Parks Canada’s phased reopening over social media: https://www.facebook.com/YohoNP/
  • or by phone at (403) 522-3833
  • Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and use the Parks Canada website for current facility openings and trail conditions.
  • Parks passes can be purchased online through the Parks Canada website prior to your visit. https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/voyage-travel/admission
Lake Louise and Moraine Lake shuttle reservations

Reservations for Parks Canada shuttles to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, which were scheduled to launch on April 1, 2020 have been suspended until further notice.

Camping during COVID-19

Beginning Monday, June 22, Parks Canada looks forward to welcoming visitors back to camping in Banff National Park.

Open campgrounds
Tunnel Mountain Village 1: open (with restrictions)
  • Showers are closed
  • Campground capacity may be restricted to assist with physical distancing

Tunnel Mountain Village 2: open (with restrictions)
  • Showers and kitchen shelters are closed
  • Campground capacity may be restricted to assist with physical distancing

Tunnel Mountain Trailer: open (with restrictions)
  • Showers are closed
  • Campground capacity may be restricted to assist with physical distancing

Two Jack Lakeside: open (with restrictions)
  • Showers and kitchen shelters are closed
  • Campground capacity may be restricted to assist with physical distancing

Lake Louise trailer campground: open (with restrictions)
  • Showers and kitchen shelters are closed
  • Campground capacity may be restricted to assist with physical distancing

Lake Louise tent campground: open (with restrictions)
  • Showers and kitchen shelters are closed
  • Campground capacity may be restricted to assist with physical distancing

Waterfowl Lakes: open (with restrictions)
  • Kitchen shelters are closed
  • Campground capacity may be restricted to assist with physical distancing

Protection Mountain open (with restrictions)
  • Kitchen shelters are closed
  • Campground capacity may be restricted to assist with physical distancing

Rampart Creek open (with restrictions)
  • Kitchen shelters are closed
  • Campground capacity may be restricted to assist with physical distancing

Additional camping facilities may be reopened as determined by capacity and public health guidelines

Closed campgrounds

Beginning June 22, 2020 the following campgrounds remain closed until further notice.

Tunnel Mountain Village 2 oTENTik: closed

Two Jack Main: closed

Two Jack Main Equipped Campsites: closed

Two Jack Lakeside oTENTik: closed

Johnston Canyon: closed

Castle Mountain: closed for rehabilitation work

Mosquito Creek: closed

Silverhorn Creek: closed

These campgrounds may reopen as determined by capacity and public health guidelines

Reservations

All reservations prior to June 22 will be cancelled and refunded automatically.

If required, capacity restrictions at campsites may result in some reservations being cancelled. More details on this will be provided as they become available.

On the following dates, reservations will be available for frontcountry and backcountry campgrounds:

  • Wednesday, June 24, 8:00 am MT Banff backcountry campgrounds
  • Friday, June 26, 8:00 am MT Banff front-country campgrounds

Backcountry camping

All backcountry campgrounds are open as of June 22 with no capacity restrictions. Reservations are still required. Where applicable, common cooking shelters are closed. Egypt Lake and Bryant Creek shelters will be closed. Many trails and backcountry campgrounds remain snow-covered. Check trail reports prior to visiting.

Backcountry campsites are not regularly cleaned. Visitors must come prepared with their own personal hygiene items.

As the east section Bow Valley Parkway remains closed, backcountry campgrounds accessed from the Parkway must be booked by through the Banff Visitor Information Centre at 1 (403) 762-1556. All other backcountry reservations can be made here

Your safety when visiting
  • Keep a healthy space of 2 metres between you and others.
  • Be extra cautious when engaging in any activities to avoid injury and/or getting lost to help minimize the demands placed on emergency response, search and rescue teams, and on the health care system.
  • Leave no trace when you visit outdoor spaces. Please take all your garbage with you and help keep these places clean.
  • Abide by all travel advisories and area closures.
  • Bears are out of hibernation. If you’re out on the trails, make sure to stay alert, make noise and carry bear spray.


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.

Stay informed

Parks Canada is working with our partners to keep visitors and residents informed and safe.

For the most up to date information, visit: