Parking

Parking in Banff

Pay parking is now in effect in the Town of Banff. Free parking is still available in certain locations around town. See green areas in the map for details.

Use the mobile-friendly website Banffparking.ca to help you find available parking spaces in the Town of Banff - in real time. This web application provides a map, directions, fee or free designation and time limits.

Pay for parking through mobile devices via the PaytoParkBanff.ca website or at Pay Stations or on the downloadable Blinkay App.

Visit banff.ca/PayParking for rates, map, free parking zones, payment app/web portal and more.

Park at the Train Station for free 9-hour parking and free weekend shuttle downtown, or 8-minute walk.

You are able to pay parking fines online.

Commercial tour buses have special parking regulations and are required to use the Legal Bus Routes (PDF) when travelling to their destinations in the Town of Banff.

In residential areas, unless otherwise posted, vehicles may not park for more than 72 hours, according to the Alberta Traffic Act.

Public Parking Map

Resident Parking Downtown

To park for up to 3 hours free in the downtown paid zone, residents are required to have a Resident Parking Permit. The virtual permit also allows residents to park in the resident-only streets around the downtown paid zone. 

Residents are encouraged to visit Resident Parking Permits to apply for their permit, to learn how to park for free and find more information about the program.

Residents call 403.762.1294 or email parking@banff.ca for assistance during business hours.

Find car and RV parking in the Town of Banff

Banff is a walkable community, and most things are within a 10-minute walk. Find out more about Getting Around in Banff.

Parking in Banff National Park

  • Check Banff Now for real-time parking and traffic information for lots and roads in the national park.
  • Buy your national park Parks Pass online

Free Shuttle for Campers

People camping in the Tunnel Mountain Campgrounds should leave their vehicle in their spot and take the free Roam Public Transit shuttle to downtown Banff.

Explore Banff National Park 

Find out how to get to Banff, the best ways to get to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, Roam Transit information, cycling routes and more at http://explorethepark.ca/

Bike Valet

A Bike Valet is a free, secure, staffed bicycle storage in downtown Banff, available seven days/week from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. until mid-September.  The valet is located near the north entrance to the Pedestrian Zone on Banff Avenue beside of the Visitor Centre building and services tents operated by Parks Canada and Banff and Lake Louise Tourism. It's a great place to safely store bikes during a break from the Legacy Trail and Bow Valley Parkway.

Cyclists

Cyclists must ride on the road and follow all traffic rules used by all other vehicles. Cyclists must dismount when going on sidewalks to use bicycle parking racks located throughout the downtown. 

No Yellow Curbs

In the Town of Banff, we don't paint our curbs yellow to indicate where you can't park. The only place you'll see curb paint is by the Fire Hall, where the 'no parking' area is indicated with red paint.

Rules of the Road
There are a number of parking regulations that are common throughout Canada so they are generally not noted by signs. For example, it is illegal to park:

  • within 5 metres on the approach to a stop sign or a yield sign
  • within 5 metres of any fire hydrant
  • within 1.5 metres of an access to a garage, private road or driveway or a Motor Vehicle crossway over a Sidewalk
  • within 5 metres of the near side of a marked crosswalk
  • on a side of a road facing the opposite direction of motor vehicle traffic on that side
  • in excess of 72 consecutive hours on any roadway

Motorists must be responsible for learning the rules of the road and parking.