Important information

Be extra cautious when engaging in any activities to avoid injury and/or getting lost to help minimize the demands placed on emergency response, search and rescue teams, and on the health care system.


Vehicle parking is limited to designated areas only. Roadside parking is prohibited. Signage and monitoring will be used throughout the park to inform the public of parking restrictions and encourage compliance.


Dogs are allowed on all trails in the summer unless otherwise specified in trail restrictions and closures. Refer to the information below to find out about any special restrictions. Keep dogs on leash and under physical control at all times.

 

Wildlife and you

When you see wildlife, give them space for your safety and their survival. If you’re out on the trails, travel in tight groups of 4 or more, stay alert, make noise, carry bear spray and know how to use it.

Know before you go

Closures and restrictions

For a complete list of ongoing closures and restrictions, please visit our Important Bulletins page.

For more information, please contact us:

 Banff: 403-762-1550

 Lake Louise: 403-522-3833

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 Banff Visitor Centre

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Town of Banff Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Marsh Loop Fair. 23-09-2022: Frequent Horse Use; Trail details
Easy Fenland Trail Good. 23-09-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Easy Healy Creek Trail Mainly Dry. 23-09-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Easy Spray River West Trail Good. 23-09-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Easy Spray River East Trail Good. 23-09-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Trail Good. 23-09-2022: Stay on trail; Trail details
Moderate Goat Creek Trail See comment section 23-09-2022: Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Mountain Summit Trail See comment section 23-09-2022: Stay on trail; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Westside Trail Good. 23-09-2022: Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Moderate Sundance Canyon Trail Mainly Dry. 23-09-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Surprise Corner to Hoodoos Trail Good. 23-09-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Cascade Amphitheatre Trail Good. 23-09-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Upper Stoney Trail Good. 23-09-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details

Lake Minnewanka Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Johnson Lake Loop Good. 23-09-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Easy Cascade Ponds Loop Good. 23-09-2022: Trail is in good condition;  
Easy Stewart Canyon Trail Good. 23-09-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate C-Level Cirque Trail Good. 23-09-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Stewart Canyon–Aylmer Pass Junction Good. 23-09-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Difficult Aylmer Lookout Trail Good. 23-09-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Difficult Aylmer Pass Trail Good. 23-09-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details

Banff Area Biking Trails

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Banff Legacy Trail: Banff–Banff East Gate Dry. 23-09-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Easy Banff Legacy Trail: Vermilion Lakes–Bow Valley Parkway Dry. 23-09-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Return of the Jedi Trail Dry. 23-09-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Difficult Topp Notch Trail Dry. 23-09-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Star Wars Trail Dry. 23-09-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Bench Loop: Coastline Dry. 23-09-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Bench Loop: Teddy Bear's Picnic Dry. 23-09-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Bench Loop: The Spine Dry. 23-09-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details

Bow Valley/Castle Junction Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Difficult Cory Pass Loop Mainly Dry. 23-09-2022: Bridge(s) out; No parking on roadways, highways or trail heads; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Moderate Bourgeau Lake Trail: Trailhead–Bourgeau Lake Good. 23-09-2022: Trail is in good condition; Potential stream crossings; Trail details
Moderate Bourgeau Lake Trail: Bourgeau Lake–Harvey Pass Good. 23-09-2022: Trail is in good condition; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details
Easy Boom Lake Trail Good. 23-09-2022: Wet and muddy sections; Deadfall on trail; Trail details
Easy Johnston Canyon Trail See comment section 23-09-2022: Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Moderate Ink Pots Trail See comment section 23-09-2022: Stay on trail; Trail details
Moderate Rockbound Lake Trail Good. 23-09-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Easy Vista Lake / Arnica Lake / Twin Lakes Trail: Trailhead–Vista Lake Good. 23-09-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Vista Lake / Arnica Lake / Twin Lakes Trail: Vista Lake–Arnica Lake Good. 23-09-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Vista Lake / Arnica Lake / Twin Lakes Trail: Arnica Lake–Twin Lakes Good. 23-09-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Castle Lookout Good. 23-09-2022: Trail is in good condition; Trail details

Lake Louise Area

Parking is often limited to full at Lake Louise. To guarantee your visit, please reserve a shuttle with Parks Canada: www.reserve.pc.gc.ca. Fresh snow at higher altitude.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Tramline Trail Caution. 17-09-2022: Trail advisory in effect from May 15 until October 15. Use alternate route such as Lake Louise Creek trail.; Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Bow River Loop Partially Closed 17-09-2022: Trail sections along the west side of Bow River CLOSED from May 15 to October 15; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Louise Creek Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Fairview Lookout Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Great Divide Trail Caution. 17-09-2022: Parking lot closed.; Mainly dry;  
Moderate Lake Agnes Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Lake Louise Lakeshore Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Big Beehive Trail Caution. 20-09-2022: Snow at high elevation ; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Trail details
Moderate Little Beehive Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Mirror Lake Highline Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry;  
Moderate Big Beehive to Plain of Six Glaciers Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Plain of Six Glaciers Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Trail details
Difficult Fairview Mountain Trail Caution. 20-09-2022: Snow at high elevation ; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Trail details
Moderate Highline/Plain of Six Glaciers Connector Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Saddleback Trail Caution. 20-09-2022: Snow at high elevation ; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Trail details
Difficult Sheol/Paradise Connector Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Trail details
Difficult Ross Lake Trail Caution. 17-09-2022: Stream crossings; Mainly dry; Deadfall on trail; Trail details
Moderate Pipestone Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Trail details
Difficult Taylor Lake Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Trail details

Moraine Lake Area

Parking is often limited or full at Moraine Lake. To guarantee your visit, please reserve a shuttle with Parks Canada: www.reserve.pc.gc.ca. Fresh snow at higher elevation.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Consolation Lakes Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Trail details
Difficult Moraine Lake Highline Trail Caution. 17-09-2022: Stream crossings; Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Moraine Lakeshore Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Rockpile Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry;  
Moderate Eiffel Lake Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Larch Valley/Minnestimma Lakes Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Trail details
Difficult Sentinel Pass Connector Trail Caution. 20-09-2022: Snow at high elevation ; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended;  
Difficult Wenkchemna Pass Trail Caution. 20-09-2022: Snow at high elevation ; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Trail details

Paradise Valley Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Lake Annette Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Trail details
Difficult Sentinel Pass - Paradise Valley Connector Trail Caution. 17-09-2022: Route finding skills essential; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Mainly dry; Trail details
Difficult Paradise Valley and Giant Steps Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Trail details

Icefields Parkway Area

Fresh snow at higher elevation.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Mosquito Creek Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry;  
Difficult Molar Pass Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Trail details
Difficult North Molar Pass Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Helen Lake Trail Caution. 17-09-2022: Stream crossings; Use caution; Trekking pole(s) recommended; Fragile alpine vegetation, stay on the trail; Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Bow Glacier Falls Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Peyto Lake Viewpoint Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Bow Summit Lookout Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Chephren Lake Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Cirque Lake Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Trail details
Difficult Glacier Lake Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Mistaya Canyon Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry;  
Difficult Sarbach Lookout Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Howse River Lookout Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry;  
Moderate Sunset Lookout Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Sunset Pass Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Nigel Pass Trail Caution. 17-09-2022: Stream crossings; Mainly dry; Trail details
Difficult Parker Ridge Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Trail details

Skoki Area

Fresh snow at higher elevation

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Difficult Baker Lake Trail via Boulder Pass Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Trail details
Difficult Hidden Lake Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Trail details
Difficult Boulder Pass Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Trail details
Difficult Skoki Loop Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Trail details
Difficult Deception Pass Trail Good. 17-09-2022: Mainly dry; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Trail details