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Impact of Kootenay Forest Fire on Banff National Park

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What you should know

Forest fires are a natural occurrence. The safety of visitors is the number one priority. Currently a fire burning in Kootenay National Park and Mt Assiniboine Provincial Park is resulting in a closure in parts of Banff National Park.

While there are closures that need to happen to protect the safety of visitors, currently most of Banff National Park including the Town of Banff, hamlet of Lake Louise, businesses and attractions remain open and ready to welcome visitors.

There are current closures in the Sunshine area. Visit the Parks Canada website for more details.

If you are travelling to Banff National Park, please plan ahead and check the resources below to ensure you know where the affected areas are before you travel.

View answers to our Frequently Asked Questions here.

Parks Canada latest fire updates

View for latest information on fire updates and area closures http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/securite-safety/feu-fire-verdant 

Highway Information

For the most up to date highway information visit Alberta Roads at https://511.alberta.ca/ or call 5-1-1 while in Alberta.

Backcountry Travellers heading to the affected area

Individuals with backcountry reservations in the area closure should contact 403-762-1556 or visit a Parks Canada Visitor Centre.

Area Air Quality Advisories

View all Environment Canada air quality advisories: https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html?prov=ab

Real-time Parking for Popular day use areas and camping

For real-time information availability to services and attractions such as popular day use areas, availability of parking and campsites, messages on important traffic events, visit www.pc.gc.ca/banffnow  

Call before you go

If staying at a hotel, call your hotel or tour operator for information on the area and whether their business is affected.

For visitors travelling to/from British Columbia

Please plan ahead for your trip using these resources: http://www.hellobc.com/british-columbia/about-bc/know-before-you-go.aspx

Contact us

We are here to help. 
Tweet us: @banff_info or @Banff_Squirrel
Telephone: 1-403-762-8421