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Guide to the Parks Canada Pass

A group pauses in a cave along the Johnston Canyon ice walk in Banff, AB

Price details and FAQs

Banff National Park entry fees help support visitor services and facilities. This means that every time you visit, you are investing in the park — and in a legacy for future generations.

Do I need a pass?

All visitors to Banff National Park are required to have a valid National Park Pass, regardless of the mode of travel. Park passes can be purchased online, at the park gates if driving to the park, or in person at the Visitor Center in Banff and Lake Louise.

If you are visiting the park with a Tour Operator, please contact them directly to see if they will be purchasing a park pass on your behalf.

What are the different pass types?

When purchasing a pass online, you can buy passes for groups of up to seven (7) people who are visiting in one vehicle. There are different pass types available:

  • Day Passes - for single day entry. A day is defined as the day of entry, regardless of time of entry, until 4.00 p.m. the following day.
  • Discovery Passes - for annual entry to all Canadian National Parks - valid for one year from the month of purchase.

Often, for visits spanning longer than six or seven days, it is more affordable to purchase an annual Discovery Pass. Use our online form to calculate the best option for you.

Please note: Receipts must be printed on paper and displayed prominently on the left-hand side of the vehicle dashboard to have valid entry to the park.

What is included?

Your Discovery Pass includes admission to all national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada.

Your Day Pass includes admission to the mountain national parks (Banff, Jasper, Yoho, Kootenay, Waterton, Elk Island, Revelstoke, and Glacier) but does not include entry to national historic sites.

For a full list of all Parks Canada sites, click here.

What's not included?

Your Day Pass or Discovery Pass only applies to areas managed by Parks Canada and, as a result, does not include provincial parks, territorial parks, municipal parks, or other sites not managed by Parks Canada.

Please note that regular fees still apply for other experiences and services, such as:

  • Camping and other accommodations;
  • Canadian Rockies Hot Springs;
  • Reservation fees;
  • Guided tours and hikes and programs not usually included with admission;
  • Some special event fees;
  • Firewood;
  • Backcountry overnight use.
  • Note: This is not a complete list. Please verify with the location you will be visiting for more details or contact Parks Canada’s National Information Service at 1-888-773-8888 or

More Information

Click here for more information about National Parks Passes.

Plan Your Stay

Browse and book accommodation and lodging packages with our trip planning tool. To learn about the different types of accommodation available in Banff and Lake Louise, visit our Places to Stay page or Contact Us to speak to a local expert.