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BC wildfire update

Our thoughts are with the communities, first responders and tourism industry colleagues affected by the forest fires currently burning throughout British Columbia. We are committed to sharing any relevant information on our consumer and industry websites.

As of Monday, July 17, 2017, a forest fire in Kootenay National Park is approaching the Banff National Park border near the Verdant Creek area, and Parks Canada is managing the issue. Banff and Lake Louise area highways and town sites remain open and are not impacted by the Kootenay fire at this time.

Please refer to Parks Canada as the official voice on the fire and its status. Travel Alberta is committed to sharing any relevant information received on a timely basis as it impacts operators and those travelling to or from the province.


As of July 17, there are no highway closures or evacuation orders, but a limited number of backcountry trails in Banff National Park are closed as a precaution.

Advise anyone travelling to Banff National Park to plan ahead and check the resources below for any potential impact.

  • Parks Canada Important Bulletins provide the latest updates
  • Receive real-time information on Banff parking, camping, tails and day-use areas at 
  • Check environment Canada air quality advisories
  • The Banff Lake Louise Visitor Centre assists with trip planning information or alternative hiking and camping routes. Reach them on Twitter at @banff_info
  • Individuals with backcountry reservations in the area closure should contact 403-762-1556 or visit a Parks Canada Visitor Centre.
  • Contact your hotel or tour operator if you are concerned about any impact on your travel plans.
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