Essential information for residents and businesses

Banff National Park

Canada’s Species at Risk Act requires you to protect species designated as extirpated, endangered or threatened. Harming a species at risk or its habitat is a serious offence. As a resident, leaseholder, licensee or business operator in the park, you have three key responsibilities:

1. Knowing which species are at risk

It is your legal responsibility to know which species in your area are listed in the Act and to understand your obligations regarding them.

2. Keeping their habitat intact

You must ensure that nests, dens, burrows, hibernation sites or other residences of species at risk are not disturbed or destroyed. This protection extends to all habitat needed for the survival or recovery of an at-risk species.

3. Protecting individual species at risk

You must not kill, harm, harass, capture or remove a species at risk from its habitat. It is also illegal to possess, collect, buy, sell or trade any individual or part of a species at risk.


In Banff National Park, the following species are listed as endangered or threatened, as of March 1, 2023:

  • Banff Springs Snail
  • Bank Swallow
  • Barn Swallow
  • Black Swift
  • Bull Trout
  • Little Brown Myotis
  • Westlope Cutthroat Trout
  • Whitebark Pine


Not sure? Call us first.

Phone 403-762-1470 if you have questions about your obligations. Parks Canada will work with you to ensure the species and its habitat are protected.

Essential information for residents and businesses (PDF)

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