This is a challenging time. Not only in our community, but across the country and around the world. Right now we are focused on ways to keep our community—guests and residents—healthy and safe. This is priority one.
COVID-19 is effectively being managed by public health agencies in Canada. At this time, health officials are asking that people stay home unless absolutely necessary.
The town of Banff and hamlet of Lake Louise are not serving visitors at this time. The province-wide State of Emergency has led to the closure of most businesses in both areas.
Parks Canada has temporarily suspended visitor services and as of 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, visitor traffic is suspended into all national parks.
Highways will remain open for through-traffic.
Parking lots are closed.
Stopping on the highway is prohibited.
The following roads have now been closed by Parks Canada:
The Bow Valley Parkway
Tunnel Mountain Road
We know you love Banff and Lake Louise as much as we do. Travelling here puts you and our communities at risk. Stopping to get gas or use public washrooms creates opportunities for the virus to keep spreading, which is why the Government is advising against all travel.
Stay home for now, and plan to come back to Banff when we are through this. The mountains will be here.
Parks Canada discontinues public avalanche bulletins
To support the national effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and align with Avalanche Canada, Parks Canada will no longer be issuing public avalanche bulletins for the remainder of the 2020 spring season. The decision demonstrates Parks Canada’s dedication to fostering the health and safety of its visitors.
Those needing travel advice can find it here.
TRAVELLING TO THE AIRPORT FROM BANFF & LAKE LOUISE
On March 23, 2020, Banff Airporter will pause services to and from Calgary International Airport. For more information visit the Banff Airporter website.
TOWN OF BANFF LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY
On March 17, 2020, the Town of Banff declared a Local State of Emergency to stem the spread of COVID-19.
- Effective immediately, all gatherings – in businesses and events – are to be limited to less than 50 people, including employees and customers.
- There are restrictions on properties to limit the capacity to 50 per cent of their fire load occupancy, up to 50 people.
- This restriction does not include grocery stores, transit, retail, pharmacies and health facilities.
- The Town is notifying Banff night clubs that their dance floors are ordered closed until further notice because it is too difficult for operators to control physical distancing.
Get more information here.
BANFF & LAKE LOUISE VISITOR SERVICES TEAM
Visitor Centres are closed across the province. However, visitors can still get in touch with a Visitor Services specialist by phone, email and online chat.
Telephone: 403-762-8421 or toll free 877-762-8421
Last updated March 24, 2020