Banff is a spectacular and peaceful place any time. But during a global pandemic, it's been particularly quiet. Most businesses, including hotels and restaurants, are closed. Tours are cancelled. Attractions are temporarily shut down. While the community rallies and supports one another, so many are focused on what's next.
When will Banff be able to open to tourists again?
It's still not clear when the kind people of Banff and Jasper national parks will be able to once again welcome the world to the majestic Canadian Rockies. This will only happen when it is safe to do so. The communities, including business owners, continue to work with health and government officials to chart a course forward. The situation is changing daily. What is clear, however, is that a number of steps have to happen first.
- The Province of Alberta and The Towns of Banff and Jasper need to lift their states of local emergency. All non-essential visits to Banff and Jasper are restricted and visiting is not encouraged. Learn More
- Parks Canada has to lift closure of the parks. Right now, all campgrounds and facilities are closed until May 31. Updates from Parks Canada
- Businesses have to be capable of opening safely. Local businesses are evolving and adjusting their operations to the new normal, and preparing to make sure that they'll be ready when the time is right. There is much work to be done! At Pursuit, we're implementing our new Safety Promise protocol to include stringent new cleaning and social distancing protocols. Learn More
- Guests have to want to visit. Normally, Banff and Jasper are major international destinations. We know people are aching for the freedom and inspiration time spent in the mountains brings. We expect this summer to be much quieter than normal. While we'll miss welcoming travellers from around the world, this presents a unique opportunity for Albertans (and potentially all Canadians) to experience the Rockies this summer in a more private and peaceful atmosphere.
So what can you do in the meantime? Continue to dream about your trip to Banff and Jasper. Read up on itineraries and tips. Start planning a getaway for this summer. Be inspired by the beauty that is here through social media channels and know that we here in Banff will be ready to welcome you!