What you should know
Weather occurrences are a natural factor we must think about when planning a trip anywhere. Depending on the time of year, in Banff National Park, we can experience smoke in the air from forest fires, frequent precipitation, or quick temperature changes. But a little planning ahead can help us be prepared for these weather events.
If you are travelling to Banff National Park, here are some planning resources to help you stay up-to-date with closures and information related to weather events so you can be fully prepared for your trip.
Banff and Lake Louise Webcams
Parks Canada latest weather and closure information
Visit the Parks Canada website to learn about closures resulting from any current nearby fires and/or smoke. Find Banff National Park updates and Kootenay National Park updates. More specific updates on the fire currently in Kootenay National Park, just outside Banff National Park, are also available.
Alberta wildfire information
Visit the Alberta Wildfire website for real-time fire maps and updates.
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.
Forest Fire Smoke FAQ
Please view answers to further questions you may have about travel to the area during this time.
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