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Annual Road Closures in Banff and Kananaskis

by Karen Ung

Take note of these annual road closures in Banff National Park and Kananaskis Country.

As winter approaches, many mountain roads close until late spring. If you plan on hiking in Banff and Kananaskis in the off season, check for seasonal road closures before you go!

Middle Lake, Bow Valley Provincial Park

Kananaskis Annual Road Closures

Road Name – Section(s): Closure Dates

  • Bow Valley Park Road – West of Middle Lake: mid-October – April 30
  • Forestry Trunk Road / Hwy #940 – South of Cataract Creek & northwest of Plateau Mountain Road: December 1 – April 30
  • Highway #532 – Between Highway #22 & Highway #940: December 1 – April 30
  • McLean Creek Road – South of McLean Staging Access Road, north of Fisher Creek: December 1 – April 30
  • Powderface Road: December 1 – May 14
  • Moose Mountain Road: December 1 – May 14
  • Highway #40 – King Creek to Highwood House Junction: December 1 – June 14
  • Highway #66 – West of Elbow Falls & Powderface Trail: December 1 – June 14
  • Highway #546 / Sheep River Road – West of Sandy McNabb Campground: December 1 – June 14

Notes: Gorge Creek Road is permanently closed.

For temporary road closures, see Alberta Parks | Kananaskis Country Advisories.

Biking the Bow Valley Parkway from Banff to Johnston Canyon is wonderful!

Banff National Park Annual Road Closures

Road Name – Section(s): Closure Dates

  • Moraine Lake Road: mid October – May 31, 2022/early June (weather dependent)
  • Bow Valley Parkway / Highway 1A (east of Johnston Canyon): May 1 – June 25, 2022 & September 1-30, 2022
  • Minnewanka Loop Road – West section: November 1 – May 1
  • Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course Road: November 1 – May 1

For temporary closures, visit Parks Canada | Banff National Park | Construction Projects.

Note: Yoho Valley Road (to Takkakaw Falls) in Yoho National Park is closed from mid-October to mid-June each year. See Parks Canada | Yoho National Park Hours of Operation for details.

Forget-me-not-pond, Elbow Valley

Spring biking beyond the winter gates

For an amazing experience, bike past the winter gates on these roads before they open to vehicle traffic in the spring:

For more ideas, see our story: Spring Road Biking in Banff and Kananaskis.

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