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Parks Canada is excited to welcome cyclists and pedestrians back to the Legacy Trail!

Just one month since the flooding event in the Bow Valley and the Legacy Trail is fully OPEN between the Banff Town site and the east Banff Park Gate. We are extremely proud of the collaborative efforts of our contractors and partners to achieve this huge task within this short time frame!

With the summer season well underway, rehabilitation of the Legacy Trail has been a top priority for Parks Canada. Over 50,000 riders enjoyed this trail last year and numbers were on the rise this year prior to the flood.

The Banff Legacy Trail is one of Banff National Park’s most highly sought after experiences for visitors and Bow Valley residents and we are thrilled to be able to continue to provide this amazing experience.

Although the trail is fully open, we ask for your patience as you may encounter construction zones and are advised to travel with extra care. Due to damages in infrastructure and on-going repairs please note that there is one detour, starting just east of the Minnewanka interchange and continuing east for 1.3km until joining the existing Legacy Trail. For your own safety, and to protect others:

•    There is one detour in place due to damages in infrastructure and on-going repairs; CYCLISTS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION.

•    Cyclists MUST respect all signs, fencing and traffic personnel.

•    While Parks Canada is working as quickly as possible, safety remains our number-one priority. We are working to get the Legacy Trail fully accessible with no detours as soon as possible, and as soon as it is safe.

In total there are 54 core trails within the Banff area outside of Lake Louise. During the flood, 21 trails/areas were impacted by flooding. 

Thanks to a lot of hard work by a lot of people Parks Canada is happy to announce that approximately 42 of the total trails in the Banff area are now accessible for the public to enjoy!

Click here for additional information and updated trail reports.

For more information:
Dani McIntosh
Communications Officer, Banff Field Unit

Parks Canada