Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks are ready to welcome visitors over the May long weekend 

News release

May 13, 2019                                    Banff, Alberta                                Parks Canada Agency

Whether you’re looking for adventure, fun activities for the whole family, a chance to explore history, or a break from the everyday, Parks Canada has 450 000 km² of protected areas with countless unique experiences to suit your needs.

Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks are ready to welcome visitors over the May long weekend and throughout the summer. With new transit and shuttle initiatives across Banff, guided hikes to see the Burgess Shale fossils in Yoho and Kootenay, and more campgrounds available to reserve in advance, there is something for everyone to do, from youngest to wisest!

Parks Canada wants to ensure the best possible experience for visitors to Banff National Park. In collaboration with destination partners, we have improved and expanded public transit to and within the national park. Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead for their trip and take public transit to make the most of their experience.

In 2019, new and existing transit services enable visitors to travel round trip from Calgary to iconic places including the Town of Banff, Lake Minnewanka, Johnston Canyon, Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Fewer cars on the roads will reduce congestion, making visitors’ experiences more enjoyable. Transit is good for the environment and this is one more step that Parks Canada is taking to conserve this special place, now and for future generations. For more information visit or

Staying the night? We’ve got you covered! Canadians, youth, and visitors to our country are able to book a variety of experiences at Parks Canada’s treasured places for the 2019-2020 operating season. Whether it is booking a full serviced campsite, an oTENTik, or an interpretive guided hike to see Burgess Shale fossils in Yoho or Kootenay national parks, Parks Canada’s reservation service allows visitors to book their trips to a wide variety of national parks and national historic sites across Canada with confidence, ease, and knowledge that they have a guaranteed spot at their favourite park or site.

New this year, all campgrounds in Kootenay National Park are now reservable, as is Kicking Horse Campground in Yoho National Park. Redstreak Campground in Kootenay National Park is now full for the May Long weekend. Check Parks Canada’s Reservation Service website for more information when looking to book or for possible cancellations.

Parks Canada’s places belong to all Canadians. That is why the Government of Canada is pleased to continue to offer free admission to all Parks Canada’s places for youth aged 17 and under. By encouraging young people to discover nature and connect with history, we can help to inspire the next generation of stewards for these protected places.

In celebration of diversity, Parks Canada continues to offer free admission to new Canadian citizens for one year through the Institute for Canadian Citizenship’s Canoo mobile app. Visiting Parks Canada’s national heritage places is a great way for Canadians to experience the outdoors and learn more about our environment and heritage.

Parks Canada’s staff at Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks are excited to welcome new and returning guests back to experience everything that the national parks have to offer. Wildlife are active for the season and we ask all visitors to watch wildlife safely from inside your vehicle, secure food in your vehicle, and never feed wildlife. Anxious to hit the trail? Don’t forget your bear spray and a reminder that many higher elevation trails remain snowbound with avalanche hazard. Check the trail report or visit any Parks Canada’s Visitor Centre for safe and fun destinations.

We look forward to seeing you!


“Warm weather is finally here. It’s the perfect time to head back outside and reconnect with the places we love. Parks Canada has so many wonderful places where Canadians and visitors to Canada can explore our wilderness and learn about our culture and history. The Government of Canada is pleased to offer free admission to all Parks Canada’s places for young people, 17 and under. So let’s get outdoors, visit our national parks, historic sites, or marine conservation areas, taking advantage of discovering the places in Canada we love best.”

The Honourable Catherine McKenna,

Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Quick facts

  • The latest Parks Canada’s app update makes trip planning for Parks Canada’s locations across the country even easier for first time visitors. Visitors can now find Learn-to Camp content in the app and can obtain information on proper camping equipment, tips, and recipes. Visitors can even plan their entire trip itinerary and create a camping checklist.

  • Canada’s network of protected areas play an important role in helping to mitigate the impacts of climate change by protecting and restoring healthy, resilient ecosystems and contributing to the recovery of species at risk.

  • Visitor safety is important to Parks Canada. Visitors can do their part by getting informed and being prepared by planning an activity and sharing that information with a friend or family before they begin. Learn about the wildlife in the park/site you will be visiting to help us keep wildlife wild by checking out our top ten tips:

  • Enter Parks Canada’s Discover Canada contest for a chance to win an amazing trip to Canada’s North- Yukon! In collaboration with our proud partners: MEC, CIBC Air Canada, and Air North.

  • The possession and consumption of cannabis is now legal and is strictly regulated in Canada. For more information about cannabis in Canada, please visit: 

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Amy Krause
Public Relations and Communications Officer
Lake Louise, Yoho and Kootenay national parks

Carly Wallace
Public Relations and Communications Officer
Banff National Park

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