Banff and Lake Louise is open and excited to welcome you.
On September 16, Alberta introduced new temporary measures to reduce the impacts of COVID-19 and increase vaccination rates. From September 20, businesses, including restaurants, may require patrons to provide either proof of vaccination or a negative rapid test result. Learn more about Alberta's temporary COVID-19 measures 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:
- 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.
Border & travel information
Familiarise yourself with border restrictions and travel requirements before you visit. Check the Canada Border Services Agency website for more information.
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.
Starting August 9, 2021 Canada is now allowing entry for non-essential travel to American citizens and permanent residents, who are currently residing in the United States, and qualify for the fully vaccinated travel exemption. Visit the Canada Border Services Agency website to ensure you understand the requirements to travel to Canada.
Travellers that require a valid COVID-19 test to return to the U.S. should make arrangements with a testing location in Banff. Testing is available at Go Rapid Testing (rapid antigen and PCR) and Alpine Medical Clinic (rapid antigen).
Starting September 7, 2021 Canada is now allowing international visitors who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption to enter Canada for non-essential travel. Visit the Canada Border Services Agency website to ensure you understand the requirements to travel to Canada.
Travellers that require a valid COVID-19 test to return to their country of origin should make arrangements with a testing location in Banff. Testing is available at Go Rapid Testing (rapid antigen and PCR) and Alpine Medical Clinic (rapid antigen).
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.
You can purchase your Banff National Park Pass online or in person at the Banff East Gates.
Road & Parking Information
- Please check the Parks Canada website for seasonal road closures in Banff National Park.
- For real-time road closures and road conditions, refer to Alberta 511.
- 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.
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 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.