Wildlife and you

Banff National Park

Banff National Park is a special place! It’s home to hundreds of species, including grizzly bears, wolves, elk and more. The chance to view wildlife in their natural environment is one of the most exciting things about visiting the mountain national parks. #WildlifeRules this special place, and you can help them survive by keeping them wild.

Help protect this special place by learning the #WildlifeRules before you visit:

Respect closures

Respect areas that are closed or restricted in Banff National Park, it's the law.

Safely view wildlife

Give all wildlife space when you visit Banff. Learn how to view wildlife from a safe distance.

Obey speed limits

When driving in Banff National park, always obey the posted speed limits and be aware of the road conditions.

Keep dogs on leash

To protect this special place, we always keep our pets on leash in Banff National Park.

Dispose of garbage

To protect the wildlife in Banff National Park, we take responsibility for our own food and garbage.

Never feed wildlife

Learn how to securely store food while in Banff National Park. Never feed wildlife, big or small.



An aerial shot of Lake Louise in Banff National Park.

Banff National Park: this place is special. 

It’s alive, wild, and interconnected.

It’s thriving… yet fragile.

People hiking through delicate wilderness.

This place has the power to transform. Long after you leave, it will stay with you.

Woman admiring beautiful view of Moraine Lake.

What legacy will you leave behind?

Woman disposing of garbage properly.

To protect this special place, we give wildlife the space they need to survive and thrive.

We take responsibility for our own food and garbage – even if it feels inconvenient.

We follow speed limits, to protect wildlife and all others on the road. 

Car slowing down while passing cyclist.

We keep our dogs on leash, knowing that wildlife’s survival may depend on it.

We respect area closures and restrictions, to make space for wildlife and keep both us and wildlife safe.

Your actions matter.

When you leave Banff National Park, leave it wild.

An animation of six behaviour actions shown in this video: Respect Closures, Give Space, Slow Down, Dogs on Leash, Dispose of Garbage, and Never Feed Wildlife.

Hashtag Wildlife Rules. Protect this special place, Banff National Park appears on screen.

Website URL: www.parkscanada.gc.ca/wildliferules

It is illegal to feed, entice or disturb any wildlife in a national park. Violators will be charged, be required to appear in court, and could pay fines up to $25 000.

Please report bear, cougar, wolf and coyote sightings and encounters to Banff Dispatch: 403-762-1470

To stay safe in wildlife habitat:

Wildlife may be present anywhere in Banff National Park (including in the townsites).

Your actions matter! When you leave Banff National Park… leave it wild.

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