What you should know
No matter the weather, there's plenty to do and see in Banff National Park.
Weather occurrences are a natural factor we must think about when planning a trip anywhere in the world. Depending on the time of year, in Banff National Park, we can experience frequent precipitation, quick temperature changes or smoke in the air from forest fires. But a little planning ahead can help us be prepared for any weather event. Here are some useful planning resources to help you be fully prepared for your trip and to stay up-to-date with relevant weather events or trail/road closures.
Banff and Lake Louise Webcams
View real time conditions in Banff and Lake Louise.
Parks Canada latest weather and closure information
While closures may occur to protect the safety of visitors, most of Banff National Park, including the Town of Banff and hamlet of Lake Louise, remain open and ready to welcome visitors.
Alberta wildfire information
Visit the Alberta Wildfire website for real-time fire maps and updates.
Backcountry Travellers heading to an affected area
Individuals with backcountry reservations in an 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 for 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.