April 2 | Parks Canada summer shuttles temporarily suspended
Shuttle reservations for Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, which were scheduled to launch on April 1, 2020, have been temporarily suspended. Details on shuttle reservations and operations for the 2020 season will be released as they become available.
April 1 | Travel Alberta launches “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” campaign
Today, Travel Alberta launched a social media campaign encouraging all to “Stay Home. Stay Healthy.” The campaign stresses that “the most important thing right now is to stay home and do your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to ourselves, our friends and our families,” and by doing so today, we will be able to #explorealberta again soon.
March 31 | Reminder of Parks Canada closures
In order to reduce the number of visitors to national parks and to minimize risks to visitors and employees, Parks Canada is calling on Canadians to stay home. It has temporarily suspended motor vehicle access to Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks, as well as national historic sites. This closure took effect at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, and will remain in effect until further notice.
These closures are intended to significantly reduce visitation and respect and adhere to the advice of public health experts to stay home and avoid public gatherings. Anyone considering visiting a national park, including those in urban areas, should cancel their plans as vehicle access for visitors is suspended until further notice.
While visitor services are temporarily suspended, Parks Canada is continuing to deliver a number of critical functions, including highway management and snow removal, fire response, dam operations and water management on historic waterways.
Road closures: In Banff National Park, the suspension of motor vehicle access includes the following secondary roads:
The Bow Valley Parkway (from its east end / junction with Highway 1, to its junction with Highway 93 South)
- Minnewanka Loop
- Mountain Avenue
- Sunshine Road
- Norquay Road
- Tunnel Mountain Road
Access to the Banff townsite and village of Lake Louise, along with essential services is being maintained. Highways and roadways which pass through national parks, including the Trans-Canada Highway, Highway 93 South and the Icefields Parkway, continue to remain open.
Trail Access: Pedestrian and bicycle use of trails in Banff National Park has not been suspended at this time. However, many of the main trails and day-use areas in the park are no longer accessible due to road closures. Visitor services are suspended and all visitor facilities are temporarily closed. Parks Canada strongly encourages park residents to limit their use of the national park.
Those who choose to access trails on foot or by bicycle must obey all signage and closures. They must follow the advice of public health experts on social distancing. They must be conservative in their choices to avoid injury and minimize any need for emergency response, and they must leave no trace, remove their garbage and human waste.
MARCH 27 | PARKS CANADA DISCONTINUES PUBLIC AVALANCHE BULLETINS
To support the national effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and align with Avalanche Canada, Parks Canada will no longer be issuing public avalanche bulletins for the remainder of the 2020 spring season. The decision demonstrates Parks Canada’s dedication to fostering the health and safety of its visitors.
March 24 | Awe-inspiring moments now on hold
Yesterday, we made significant changes to the BLLT website to reinforce the Government’s message, urging Canadians to stay home. We updated the homepage to tell visitors their awe-inspiring moments are now on hold. We also updated all visitor information, removed all visitor calls to action, and trip planning functionality.
We want visitors to understand the significant impacts of the pandemic and how easily the virus can spread as a result of travel. This messaging will be reinforced through all BLLT communication channels.
Additional visitor messages
The community is holding to the standards identified by Alberta Health Services.
All ski hills have now ceased operations.
Accommodations are limited and focused on serving the needs of essential service workers.
All pools, including whirlpools/spas/hot tubs and hotel gym areas, are required to be closed. This includes condo gym areas where guests enter with a fob or key card.
Only a few restaurants are open with modified service and stringent social distancing practices.
Some retail is open.
BLLT team members continue to respond to telephone and email visitor inquiries.
CONTACT FOR VISITOR INFORMATION
Telephone: 403-762-8421 or toll-free 877-762-8421
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Travel Alberta initiating PR campaign to bring Albertans back
To flatten the curve and stem the spread of COVID-19, Travel Alberta is using their social channels to tell Albertans travelling to come home. They are also launching a paid campaign to reach approximately 2.5 million Canadians currently travelling. Everyone coming home will need to follow the instructions for a 14-day quarantine.
For those in the community trying to get home
We are actively looking for more resources to help those who want to leave Banff access travel. For now, those needing basic travel advice can find it here.