AREA CLOSURE: Temporary area closures for wildlife

Issued: April 01, 2021

Ends: March 31, 2022

WHAT: Pursuant to Section 36(1) of the National Parks General Regulations of the Canada National Parks Act, the Superintendents authorize, annually, the temporary closure of small, posted areas, to all traffic and travel, as and when required, for the purpose of enhancing public safety, the protection of sensitive wildlife and the maintenance of natural processes.

WHERE: Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks

Small areas within the National Parks may be closed, as needed, to prevent park visitors from entering into sites where there is an elevated risk of negative interactions with wildlife, or where wildlife capture activities are being undertaken for the purpose of park management. Closed areas will be clearly marked in the field for the duration of the closure, however no additional information will be posted on Parks Canada websites.

WHY: To ensure public safety and prevent wildlife from being disturbed at sites where important natural processes or active management are occurring.

PENALTY: Violators may be charged under the Canada National Parks Act: maximum penalty $25 000.

Approved by: 

Superintendent, Banff Field Unit

Superintendent, Lake Louise, Yoho, Kootenay Field Unit 

For more information, call Banff Park Emergency Dispatch at 403.762.1470.