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Posted on: June 26, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Situation Update #23: Highways, trails and town information


The section of the Bow Valley Parkway (1A) from Castle Junction to Johnston Canyon Resort is now open. Johnston Canyon Trail, however, remains under Superintendent's closure for safety reasons. Johnston Canyon Campground is also still closed. Parks Canada is doing their best to complete the required work on the trail and at the campground in time for the upcoming long weekend.

The section of the Bow Valley Parkway from Lake Louise to Baker Creek Chalets is open. The remaining parts of the Parkway remain closed to all vehicle and bicycle traffic: Castle Junction west to Baker Creek (due to a washed-out bridge) and Johnston Canyon Resort east to the Banff end of the 1A (due to water flowing on the road).

The status of all other roadways in Banff, Kootenay and Yoho National Parks remains unchanged from Parks Canada’s last update:

The Trans-Canada Highway west of the Town of Banff, between Banff and Lake Louise, Field, and Golden is open in both directions to passenger vehicles and tour buses ONLY. No commercial vehicles (semi, 18-wheelers, transport trucks) except those making deliveries to the communities of Field, Lake Louise, Banff and commercial accommodations (hotels, hostels, bed & breakfasts, restaurants, etc) are allowed at this time.

The Trans-Canada Highway east of the Town Banff, between Banff and Canmore is open to emergency, maintenance and service vehicles, and to the Roam and airport shuttle bus ONLY. Parks Canada's goal is to restore four lanes of operation on the Trans-Canada Highway as soon as possible.

Highway 93 South is open from Radium Hot Springs to Castle Junction (at the Trans-Canada Highway) for non-commercial transportation vehicles (passenger vehicles and buses) ONLY.
The Icefields Parkway (93 North) is open in both directions from Lake Louise to Jasper.

In Yoho: Takkekaw Falls Road, Yoho Valley Road, and Lake O'Hara Road are OPEN.

In Banff: Sunshine Road, Minnewanka Loop Road, and Vermilion Lakes Road are CLOSED.

For the latest road conditions visit: or

Parks Canada is regularly updating their trail report. For up-to-date openings and closures, visit

Town of Banff:

All roads in the Town of Banff are open.

There are no water restrictions in the town, and water remains safe to drink.

The flood warning for Banff was lifted the morning of Tuesday, June 25.

The Banff Farmers Market will be held today in Central Park with Banff vendors and vendors from the west of Banff.

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