It’s almost cycling season and one of Alberta’s favourite mountain towns is ‘gearing up’ for the warmer weather. Rocky Mountain hotspot, Banff National Park has announced that after receiving a ton of positive feedback from last year’s trial run, they’ll once again be closing a number of roads to make room for bikes.
Mondays to Thursdays between Saturday, May 1st and Thursday, May 20th, Banff will close the Minnewanka Loop for cyclists, but motorists, don’t worry!
This road will still be open to you on Fridays through until Sundays – the busier days of the week.
If you’re among the two wheeler’s who will definitely be taking advantage of the initiative, parking will be available at the Cascade Ponds day-use area, not far off from the first closure at the T intersection on Minnewanka Loop Road.
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In addition to this, the easter section of the Bow Valley Parkway between Fireside day-use area to Castle Junction (Highway 93) will also be closed to all visitors throughout the summer, much like it was last year, so expect limited vehicle traffic!
Parking for this stretch of road can be found in the Town of Banff at the Fenlands Rec Centre or one of the Train Station parking lots, both of which are accessible via the Noquary Road entrance.
Please note that vehicle access to the Johnston Canyon day-use area will too, be restricted, however, you’ll still be able to visit via Roam Transit Route 9, which will take you there from downtown!
Lastly, be advised that from March 1st to June 25th, travel is not permitted from 8 pm to 8 am. This is being done in order to give wildlife their space during one of the most crucial times of the year!
For more information, please visit the official Banff National Park website here. Please continue to be safe and smart out there, friends. We’ll see you out there this May!