Safely view wildlife
There are many places for wildlife sightings in Banff National Park! To protect this special place, we give wildlife the space they need to survive and thrive.
Whether you are exploring the park by foot, bike or vehicle, when you see wildlife, give them space for your safety and their survival.
- 3 bus lengths of space (30 metres) - deer, elk, sheep and moose
- 10 bus lengths of space (100 metres) - bears, wolves, cougars and coyotes
- Remember small animals like rodents and birds, need space too!
Never approach wildlife. Do not startle wildlife. If you make them move, you are too close.
For photos, do not surround, crowd or follow an animal. Use a telephoto lens, the zoom function, or show the animal in its natural surroundings and crop the image later.
If you see wildlife by the road, slow down, stay in your vehicle and move on. If you choose to stop:
- Be aware of the traffic around you.
- Pull over where safe to do so.
- Turn on hazard lights.
- Stay in your vehicle.
- Watch for a few moments, take a quick photo, and then more on.
- If a wildlife jam develops, move on. It is unsafe for people and wildlife.
Your actions matter! When you leave Banff National Park… leave it wild.
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.
Please report bear, cougar, wolf and coyote sightings and encounters to Banff Dispatch: 403-762-1470