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Last updated February 9, 2021

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The Banff and Lake Louise community is in “enhanced” status. Mandatory provincial public health measures and restrictions are in place. Please refer to these measures before visiting. 

Some restrictions have started easing from February 8 under the provinces initiatives to move forward safely.

Health and Safety

You can help us by taking the following steps to explore responsibly in Banff National Park. 

  • Masks are mandatory within all indoor public spaces, outdoors in the downtown core and all of Banff Avenue.
  • Social gatherings are not permitted anywhere indoors with anyone other than your immediate household. This includes at restaurants, in hotels, and anywhere else.   
  • Outdoor gatherings are allowed, with a maximum of 10 people, as of Jan. 18. 
  • 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, trails and skating rinks within Banff National Park, please keep these things in mind for your safety and the safety of others: 
    • Parking is limited. Have a back up plan in case the lot is full when you arrive. Parking is not allowed at commercial vehicle brake check areas or along the Trans-Canada Highway. 
    • When travelling in the winter prepare in advance when there is heavy snowfall. Avoid parking on snow plow routes, and ensure vehicles are well equipped with winter or studded snow tires. 
    • 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. 

Lake Louise

Plan ahead and be prepared for your visit to the Lake Louise area.

  • 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.
  • The Lake Louise Visitor Centre is closed for in person visits. Visitor services are available online and by phone until further notice.   
  • Washroom facilities in lower use areas may be closed.
  • When accessing day use areas, trails and skating rinks within Banff National Park, please keep these things in mind for your safety and the safety of others: 
    • Parking is limited. Have a back up plan in case the lot is full when you arrive. Parking is not allowed at commercial vehicle brake check areas or along the Trans-Canada Highway. 
    • When travelling in the winter prepare in advance when there is heavy snowfall. Avoid parking on snow plow routes, and ensure vehicles are well equipped with winter or studded snow tires. 
    • For the most up to date road and day use area closure information within the park, visit the Parks Canada website. 

Ski Resorts

Ski hills are in operation, and implementing COVID-19 safety measures. Please plan ahead and understand these measures before you go.  

There are some operational changes at the ski resorts this season, be prepared for these to evolve and adapt as the season goes on. Find out more below:

Mt. Norquay

Banff Sunshine Village

The Lake Louise Ski Resort 

Health and safety:
  • Face coverings are required indoors, when purchasing tickets, in lift and gondola line-ups, while riding the lifts and gondolas, and in any outdoor areas that people may be congregating. Face coverings must be a solid piece of fabric that snuggly fits your face, fully covering your mouth and nose.
  • Maintain a distance of two metres from other guests in lift and gondola line-ups and other high traffic areas. Be aware of the need to create distance from passing skiers and snowboarders, and do your best to keep a healthy distance from others on the slopes.
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Business Information

Businesses in the Banff and Lake Louise area are following current provincial public health measures. Businesses have made adjustments based on health and safety and the enhanced 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 have reopened to dine-in service effective February 8. Reservations are recommended as capacity restrictions are in place. Support local restaurants by dining in, ordering take out, or delivery. Call individual businesses in advance to ensure you are aware of any closures or 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 closures or 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. 

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

Park Passes

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

If you held an annual Discovery Pass which was valid in March 2020, Parks Canada will automatically extend the date of the Discovery Pass by four months. For example, if your pass originally expired in March 2020, it will now expire in June 2020. If you have a pass that expires in September 2020, it will now expire in January 2021. 

Parks Canada

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

Road & Parking Information  

Road Closures: 
  • The Bow Valley Parkway is closed to private 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. Parks Canada asks visitors to practice safe physical distancing when enjoying the Lake Louise Lakeshore and day use area.
  • Bow Lake parking is limited. Parking of vehicles is restricted to parking lots only.
  • Parking at Lake Minnewanka is restricted to the parking lots, and no roadside parking is be permitted. 
  • For up to date road closures, refer to Alberta 511 and Parks Canada

Camping Reservations  

Banff National Park is happy to welcome back campers. Many camgprounds have closed for the season and camping is currently only available at Tunnel Mountain Village II (reservable) and the Lake Louise Trailer Campground (first-come, first-serve). Restrictions are in place for campgrounds that are open.

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 2020. 

  • 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.  
  • The Visitor Centres in Banff and Lake Louise are currently closed. Parks Canada visitor services are still available 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.  

Visitor Services

The Banff and Lake Louise Visitor Centres are closed for in person visits until further notice. Our Visitor Centre staff members are 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.