Banff COVID-19 Updates


In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, Parks Canada has effectively closed Banff National Park to visitors. The Banff COVID-19 closure is effective March 25, 2020 until further notice.

The remote wilderness of Banff National Park is a tempting place to practice social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, but please support Parks Canada and stay home until it’s safe..

Please note that Banff is a National Park and is not included in the May 1, 2020 partial opening of Alberta Provincial Parks. See below for more info on Alberta Provincial park closures.

Parks Canada Banff National Park COVID-19 Updates

Please refer to this Parks Canada page for official Banff COVID-19 updates. This page provides the official updates on:

  • Banff road closures
  • Banff facilities closures
  • Banff visitor services closures
  • Banff camping updates

For up-to-the-minute updates, please follow Banff National Park on Facebook and Twitter.

Banff COVID-19 – Local Media Coverage

Alberta Parks COVID-19 Update

The mountain parks of Kananaskis and Bow Valley Provincial Park are under the jurisdiction of the Alberta provincial government. Please refer to this Alberta Parks page for official Alberta Parks COVID-19 updates. This page provides the official updates on:

  • Alberta parks road closures
  • Alberta campground closures and reservations
  • Alberta fire ban
  • Backcountry safety

April 30 Update: In the “Early Actions” section of the Alberta Restart Plan, the Alberta government announced:

  • Vehicle access to parking lots and staging areas on public land and parks will open on May 1.
  • Alberta Parks’ online campground reservation system will open on May 14 for bookings at select campground starting June 1 onward.
  • Access to boat launches will open in select provincial parks May 1
Wildlife is enjoying a break from the tourists during the Banff COVID-19 closure
The bears are enjoying a vacation – Photo courtesy of Jayden Daniels Wild Imagery

Take a Virtual Trip to Banff

Just because you can’t visit Banff National Park in person, doesn’t mean you can’t take a virtual trip to Banff. Scratch that Rocky Mountain itch with these virtual Banff National Park resources:

Plan Your Trip to Banff

We’re locals who are passionate about our beautiful backyard. We’d love for you to visit Banff when it’s safe to do so.

We launched Travel Banff Canada in 2019, so we’re still small but are growing fast. We invite you to browse our Banff planning resources on our website. We don’t have it all on our site yet, so you won’t go wrong with the Banff & Lake Louise Tourism webpage.


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