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Last updated June 10, 2021

New Updates

As of June 10, Alberta has moved into stage 2 of the reopening plan with some restrictions easing. Learn more about Alberta's Open for Summer Plan to help you plan your visit accordingly.

Health and Safety

We are committed to welcoming you to Banff and Lake Louise in a way that is safe for our community and visitors. You can help us by taking the following steps to explore responsibility in Banff National Park. 

  • Masks are mandatory within all indoor public spaces, outdoors in the downtown core and all of Banff Avenue.
  • Outdoor gatherings are allowed, with a maximum of 20 people with distancing.
  • Social gatherings are not permitted anywhere indoors with anyone other than your immediate household. 
  • Maintain a distance of two metres when you encounter fellow adventurers. Be aware of the need to step to the side to create distance from passersby, and do your best to keep a healthy distance from those ahead of you on the path or trail. 
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly, and make use of hand sanitizer where available. 
  • Bring your own safety supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer. 
  • If you’re feeling unwell, please stay home. 
  • When accessing day use areas and trails within Banff National Park, please keep these things in mind for your safety and the safety of others: 
    • Parking is limited. Learn more about getting around the park and paid parking here.
    • For the most up to date road and day use area closure information within the park, visit the Parks Canada website
  • Take out what you take in. Carry your garbage with you until you can dispose of it in a safe manner, and keep our pristine national park as pure as possible. If garbage bins are full, you need to take your rubbish with you. 
  • Respect wildlife and give wild animals plenty of space. 

Refer to Alberta Health Services' guidelines on travelling. 

Business Information

Businesses in the Banff and Lake Louise area are open and following current provincial public health measures. Call individual businesses in advance to ensure you understand any changes in place. 

Masks are mandatory within all indoor public spaces, outdoors in the downtown core and all of Banff Avenue.

Dining

Restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes are open for indoor and outdoor dining, takeout, curbside pickup and delivery. Seating is limited to a maximum of 6 people per table.

Support local restaurants by dining outdoors at patios where available, ordering take out, or delivery. Call individual businesses in advance to ensure you are aware of any changes in place.

Retail 

Retail stores in Banff and Lake Louise have reduced capacity in line with AHS guidelines to provide a welcoming and safe environment. Shop local to support your community. Call individual businesses in advance to ensure you are aware of any changes in place.

Accommodation

Accommodations are open with increased safety measures. Call individual businesses in advance to ensure you are aware of any closures or changes in place.

Attractions and activities 

Attractions and activities in Banff and Lake Louise are following AHS guidelines. Some attractions and trails remain closed, and we recommend you call ahead to confirm opening details with the supplier or Parks Canada directly. 

Transit

Roam Transit bus service is operating at a reduced capacity. Masks are required to travel on buses. 

Lake Louise

Plan ahead and be prepared to get the most your visit to the Lake Louise area. Parking fills up early in the summer, take Roam Transit or reserve a seat on the Parks Canada shuttle in advance.

  • The Lake Louise Visitor Centre is open daily from 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • When accessing day use areas, please keep these things in mind for your safety and the safety of others: 
    • Parking is limited. Learn more about getting around the park and paid parking here.
    • For the most up to date road and day use area closure information within the park, visit the Parks Canada website. 
  • Call individual businesses in advance to ensure you understand any changes in place.
  • Bring your own “COVID-kit” including a mask, water, snacks and hand sanitizer or wipes.
  • If you are not feeling well, stay home.

Parks Canada

National Parks remain open and provide an opportunity for visitors and residents to recreate safely, maintain physical distancing and to enjoy the health and wellness benefits that come with being outdoors.

Park Passes

You can purchase your Banff National Park Pass online or in person at the Banff East Gates. 

Road & Parking Information  

Road Closures: 
  • The Bow Valley Parkway is closed to vehicles from Banff to Castle Junction. Johnston Canyon is not accessible by motor vehicle due to this closure. 
  • Please check the Parks Canada website for seasonal road closures in Banff National Park.
Parking Information: 
  • Space is limited at the Lake Louise lakeshore parking lot and paid parking is in effect from June 2021. For the best experience, reserve a seat on Roam Transit route 8X or 8S from Banff or on the Parks Canada shuttle from the Lake Louise Park and Ride.
  • Space is limited at the Moraine Lake parking lot. For the best experience, reserve a seat on the Parks Canada shuttle from the Lake Louise Park and Ride.
  • Bow Lake parking is limited. Parking of vehicles is restricted to parking lots only.
  • Lake Minnewanka parking is limited. Parking is restricted to the parking lots only. Use Roam Transit  as an alternative for accessing the lakes and day use areas on the Minnewanka Loop.
  • For up to date road closures, refer to Alberta 511 and Parks Canada

Camping Reservations  

Banff National Park is happy to welcome campers for the 2021 summer season.

Reserving your campsite in advance is recommended as first come first serve sites are limited. Some services are limited at campgrounds. For more information on camping and reservations please refer to Parks Canada

Parks Canada campgrounds will honour out-of-province camping reservations.

Day-use Areas 

Day-use areas in Banff National Park are offering limited facilities in 2021. 

  • All picnic and kitchen shelters at day-use areas are closed. 
  • The Town of Banff kitchen shelters remain closed. 

Trails and Facilities 

  • Most seasonal trails in Banff National Park are open for day use.  
  • Visitor services are available at the Banff and Lake Louise Visitor Centres in person, by phone or email.
  • The Cave and Basin National Historic Site is currently closed.
  • Most public washroom facilities are open throughout the park. Washroom facilities in less visited areas within the park may be closed. 
  • Peyto Lake viewpoint and trail remain closed.
  • The Banff Upper Hot Springs, and Banff Park Museum are closed until further notice. 

For information on trails in Banff National park and trail conditions, please refer to Parks Canada.  

Border & travel information

There are government restrictions in place for international visitors and those travelling from around Canada. Be sure to check before you travel if you are able to visit.

International Visitors  

The Canadian border remains closed for non-essential travel (including visitors from the US). You can keep up to date with border information via the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).  

Alberta Border 

Parks Canada are welcoming all Canadians to national parks. Before travelling or booking, ensure you check your province’s advisory regarding travel between provinces. If you are travelling from outside of Alberta, but within Canada, and you are healthy, currently no self-isolation is required.

For information regarding quarantine restrictions, please refer to Alberta Health Services

Travelling from B.C.?

The British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is twinning the Trans-Canada Highway through the Kicking Horse Canyon east of Golden, B.C.

Highway closures of varying lengths will be required west of the community of Field and Yoho National Park national park. Through traffic accessing Banff National Park will be diverted via B.C. Highway 95 and Highway 93 South through Kootenay National Park.

The first extended closure will take place from April 12 to June 1, 2021.

Check DriveBC and 511 Alberta for the most up to date road information.

Visitor Services

Visitor Services are available in person at our Visitor Centres in Banff and Lake Louise. Staff members are also available to help you via chatphone, email, or social media.

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.