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Forest fire smoke FAQs

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Visiting Banff and Lake Louise
 

Will forest fire smoke affect my trip?

  • During the summer, forest fires naturally occur all over the world. Smoke can blow thousands of kilometres and still be visible. Planning ahead is the best way to be prepared for these weather events. 
  • When there is smoke in the air, children, the elderly, and those with lung disease may want to avoid extended exposure during times of poor air quality. Check ahead to monitor the air quality in Banff National Park.

Are there any trail or activity closures?  

Are there any road closures? 

What are some great activities to do on a smokey day?  

Camping 
 

Will my campground be open?  

  • Individuals with backcountry reservations in an area closure should contact 403-762-1556 (leave a message if needed) or visit a Parks Canada Visitor Centre

Is there a fire ban?  

Air Quality 
 

How is the air quality?   

  • On a smokey day, the air quality is dependant on a number of factors, including wind direction, precipitation, etc. Typically air quality will be best in the morning while daytime temperatures are still cool.
  • Children, the elderly, and those with lung disease may want to avoid extended exposure during times of poor air quality.
  • The latest statement from Environment Canada can be found here.

Can you see anything?   

  • When there is smoke in the air, visibility conditions are dependant on a number of factors, including wind direction, precipitation, etc. 
  • On a smokey day, typically visibility will be best early in the morning while daytime temperatures are still cool. For up to date visibility information, visit http://firesmoke.ca/.   
  • Use our webcams to view real time conditions in Banff and Lake Louise.

General Information 
 

Where can I get more information?