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Banff National Park Travel Guide

Park Essentials


Both visitor information centers are fully accessible, and many of the campgrounds are also wheelchair accessible. There are also several trails in the park that are wheelchair accessible, and Banff Transit operates one fully accessible shuttle. To find out specifics on accessible campgrounds and trails, call the information center at 403/762–1550.

Park Fees and Permits

A park entrance pass is C$9.80 per person or C$19.60 maximum per vehicle per day. An annual pass will cost C$67.70 per adult or C$136.40 per family or group. Larger buses and vans pay a group commercial rate. If you're planning to stay a week or more, your best bet is an annual pass.

Permits are required for backcountry camping and some other activities in the park. Backcountry camping permits (C$9.80 per day), fire permits (C$8.80 per day), dumping station permits (C$8.80 per day), and fishing permits (C$9.80 per day) are available at the park visitor information center or at some campgrounds. In some cases a fire permit is included in your camping fees. Be sure to check with campground staff.

Park Hours

The park is open 24/7 year-round. It's in the Mountain time zone.

Cell-Phone Reception

Cell-phone service in the park is sometimes unpredictable, but is fairly good near the Banff Townsite. Public telephones can be found at the information centers, at most hotels and bars, and at several key spots around the townsite of Banff and the village of Lake Louise.



Park Wardens. For ambulance, RCMP, or fire dial 911. This number reaches the park wardens for any other emergency within the national parks and is staffed around the clock. 403/762–4506.

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