Banff National Park ponders car-free Bow Valley Parkway for spring and fall of 2022

Parks Canada is considering whether to continue closing a section of Banff’s Bow Valley Parkway to motor vehicles, after two trial runs proved to be popular among cyclists and other road users.

Both this summer and last, the eastern 17-kilometre section of Highway 1A has been closed to public vehicles from the Highway 1 junction just outside the Banff townsite to where it meets Highway 93 South.

Now, Parks Canada is asking for public feedback on making the closure a regular occurrence, but limited to the spring and fall.

Two options are being looked at:

  • Closing the section of highway for seven days a week in May and June, and September and October for a total of 122 days.
  • Closing it only two days a week (weekends only) in May and June, and September and October for a total of 36 days.

Feedback can be submitted by email to or by regular mail to:

Banff Superintendent

Box 900 Banff, AB

T1L 1K2

The public review period is open until Sept. 9.

Any change would become effective in 2022.

Until further notice, motor vehicles aren’t allowed on the Bow Valley Parkway and Tunnel Mountain Drive in Banff. 0:50

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