Free COVID-19 Testing
The Alberta Government encourages everyone to be tested for COVID-19. Anyone – whether showing symptoms or not – can best tested for COVID-19 in Alberta. Book a testing appointment online with the AHS assessment tool at ahs.ca/COVID. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you may also call Health Link at 811 for assistance.
Avoid Traffic and Delays
Recommend visitors to use the best highway exit into town to avoid traffic and delays. With several roads closed to vehicles, help them plan ahead to make their visit more fun.
Use the Banff Avenue/Minnewanka exit for:
• Visitors checking into hotels or camping
Use the Norquay Road exit for:
• Day visitors to access parking at the Train Station Public Parking Lot. It’s free and parking is allowed there for 9 hours. It’s just an eight-minute walk to downtown Banff.
• Visitors accessing destinations across the bridge.
Remind campers camping at Tunnel Mountain, to take the free Roam Public Transit bus into town to avoid having to find parking.
National Drowning Prevention Week
July 19 – 25
Celebrate National Drowning Prevention Week. Be water smart and know your limits while enjoying Banff’s lakes and rivers year round. Make smart choices before going into or out on the water:
- Be boat smart and always wear a life jacket when in a boat.
- Always directly supervise children around the water - if you’re not within arms’ reach, you’ve gone too far.
- Always swim with a buddy.
Drowning is preventable. Over 400 Canadians die in preventable water-related incidents annually. Even one drowning is one too many. Learn more at lifesaving.org.
Farmers Market Safety
Make your farmers market visit safe by following distancing markers in line to access the market, keep a 2-meter physical distance at all times and wear a mask. The market is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m every Wednesday throughout the summer at Central Park. Avoid the line up by booking your visit online at thebanfffarmersmarket.com.
Outside Fitness Classes
Register for an upcoming outside fitness class. Class will run rain (with the exception of downpour) or shine. Register for the following at banff.ca/register or call 403.762.1251.
Parent & Baby Outdoor Fitness
Wednesdays: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. with instructor Kim Mayberry. July 29, August 5 & 12.
Outdoor Dance Conditioning
Wednesdays: 9 – 10 a.m. with instructor Kim Mayberry. August 5 - August 26 classes are free thanks to the Alberta Blue Cross Community Roots Program.
Outdoor 50+ Fitness
Fridays: 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. with instructor Fiona Groves. July 31 - August 21 classes are free thanks to the Alberta Blue Cross Community Roots Program.
It is important to support local businesses during these challenging times. Help keep our community vibrant by visiting local stores while practicing physical distancing and wearing a mask. Shop local stores offerings online, reserve your table to dine out at local restaurants or order takeout or delivery.
Visit banff.ca/OpenInBanff for listing of open businesses.