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Banff and Lake Louise is open and excited to welcome you.

As of July 1, Alberta has moved into stage 3 of the reopening plan with restrictions lifted. 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. 

  • Be considerate and continue to keep a healthy distance from other adventurers.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly, and make use of hand sanitizer where available. 
  • Masks are required on transit, taxis and in specific settings. 
  • 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: 
    • 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. 

U.S. Visitors

Canada plans to begin easing border restrictions from August 9. Learn more about these new measures to ensure you understand how they will affect your travel plans.

Starting August 9, 2021 Canada plans to begin allowing entry to American citizens and permanent residents, who are currently residing in the United States, and have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to entering Canada for non-essential travel. Visit the Canada Border Services Agency website to ensure you understand the requirements to travel to Canada.

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 Eastern portion of the Bow Valley Parkway from Fireside day use area to Johnston Canyon is closed to vehicles. Johnston Canyon is accessible by vehicle from Castle Junction. 
  • 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 open.

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 open.
  • Most public washroom facilities are open throughout the park. 
  • Peyto Lake viewpoint and trail remain closed.
  • The Banff Upper Hot Springs are open. Hours are limited, please plan ahead before you visit.
  • The 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.. Night time highway closures 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.

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.