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BC wildfire update

Our thoughts are with the communities, first responders and tourism industry colleagues affected by the forest fires currently burning throughout British Columbia. We are committed to sharing any relevant information on our consumer and industry websites.

Information and Resources 

  • July 26, Sunshine Village is now open, including the gondola, upper village, hotel and Sunshine Meadows hiking. Hiking trails in the Egypt Lake and Healy Pass areas have also re-opened. There continues to be visible smoke some days in the Bow Valley area along with many other parts of Alberta and a fire ban continues to be in effect throughout Banff National Park. Banff and Lake Louise continue to welcome visitors to enjoy the many businesses and attractions in the area.
  • July 24, the operational closure of Sunshine Village will no longer be required and has been lifted: the Sunshine Road, gondola, Standish Chairlift and Upper Village facilities are open. The hiking trails in Sunshine Village remain closed. Smoke is visible in the Bow Valley area and is expected to continue and a fire ban is in effect throughout Banff National Park.
  • July 21, Parks Canada is working with Sunshine Village to implement an operational closure of the ski area to all visitors to allow for further fire mitigation activities. Equipment operation from the crew staging area established at Sunshine Village may create additional smoke, which is why they are closing to visitors until further notice.
  • July 20, Banff and Lake Louise town sites remain open and are there are no highway closures or evacuation orders. A limited number of backcountry trails in Banff National Park are closed as a precaution.
  • July 20, a forest fire in Kootenay National Park’s Verdant Creek area continues to burn near Banff National Park. The fire is currently not a threat to local communities. Please refer to Parks Canada as the source of truth on the fire and its status.

Advise anyone travelling to Banff National Park to plan ahead and check the resources below for the most up-to-date information;

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