Banff National Park

Rocky Mountain peaks, glacial lakes, and adventure come together in Banff National Park - Canada’s first national park and the flagship of the nation’s park system. Banff is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Please be advised that there is an active fire ban in effect for Banff National Park. For more information, click here.

 Using recreational drones in Banff National Park is prohibited. Anyone caught operating a drone within park boundaries may result in law enforcement action and a fine of up to $25,000.

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Clean Drain Dry

Planning to spend time on the water this summer in Banff National Park? Here’s what you need to know.

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Fire information and updates

Do your part and stay informed! Your actions can help prevent unnecessary human-caused wildfires.

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Plan ahead

Home to glacial lakes and stunning mountain peaks, it's no wonder Banff National Park is an adventure seekers paradise! It's essential to plan ahead before visiting Banff National Park.

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Seasonal closures and restrictions

Planning ahead is essential! Keep an eye on seasonal and safety closures to avoid disappointment.

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Wildlife and you

Your actions matter! Help protect this special place by learning the #WildlifeRules before you visit.

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Getting around Banff

The best Banff National Park experience happens when you step out of your vehicle and explore the park.

Visiting Banff National Park

Activities and experiences

Explore activities and attractions in Banff National Park.

Plan your visit

How to get here, local attractions, and facilities and services.

Camping and over night accommodations

Types of accommodations, equipped camping, and nearby accommodations.


Daily visitor fees, camping and program fees, and more. Free admission for youth.


Banff National Park entry and service fees help support visitor services and facilities.

Safety and guidelines

Natural hazards are a part of the national park experience. Learn the most common risks and how to avoid them.

About Banff National Park

Nature and science

Learn about the conservation work being done to protect Banff National Park's wilderness.

Stewardship and management

Planning and management guiding documents, public consultations, information for businesses and residents, filmmakers, photographers and special events.

Indigenous connections

Parks Canada is working with Indigenous groups with longstanding connection to Banff National Park to strengthen connections with traditionally used lands...

How to get here

Contact Banff National Park

Location: Banff Visitor Centre

(403) 762-1550

Location: Lake Louise Visitor Centre

(403) 522-3833

Banff Dispatch (24 hours)
(403) 762-1470

Contact us

Hours of operation

Banff National Park is open year-round.

More on hours of operation

@BanffNP / #BanffNP


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