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March 1 – June 25, 2017.
Bow Valley Parkway – Banff National Park.

Logo_BowValleyParkway_Renewal_Stacked_EN_2013What’s Happening: From March 1st to June 25th, travel is not permitted between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. on the 17 kilometre eastern section of the Bow Valley Parkway between the Trans-Canada Highway/Bow Valley Parkway interchange and the Johnston Canyon campground. This restriction applies to all motor vehicles and bicycles as well as foot traffic.

Why It’s Important: The eastern section of the Bow Valley Parkway traverses a small but important area of the park for wildlife. This area is especially important in the spring when most of the park is still snowbound, as it provides species like grizzly bears and wolves with much needed food and a place to raise their young. These same species are also sensitive to the presence of people, particularly at dusk and dawn when their natural activity is highest.

Protecting wildlife is the foundation of a great visitor experience and sustainable future for Banff National Park. This mandatory travel restriction will allow sensitive wildlife to move unimpeded across the landscape, use high-quality habitat, and engage in normal behaviour. It is part of a larger action plan to ensure the ecologically and culturally rich Bow Valley Parkway area continues as a world-class setting for visitors to learn about and experience the park, and as a safe and secure environment for wildlife.

What You Need to Know:

  • From March 1st to June 25th, travel is not permitted between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. on the 17 kilometre section of the parkway from the Trans-Canada Highway/Bow Valley Parkway interchange and the Johnston Canyon Campground.
  • All accommodations and facilities will remain open during these hours and are accessible via the Trans-Canada Highway (#1) and Castle Junction.
  • The mandatory travel restriction plays an important role in supporting Parks Canada’s first priority of ensuring ecological integrity in Canada’s national parks.
  • The mandatory travel restriction will help improve wildlife habitat and the lives of the animals that visitors come to Banff National Park to see
Welcome sign on the Bow Valley Parkway. Photo courtesy of Parks Canada.

Welcome sign on the Bow Valley Parkway. Photo courtesy of Parks Canada.

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