IE10 and below are not supported.

Contact us for any help on browser support

Banff National Park Management Plan

The Canada National Parks Act requires that each of Canada’s national parks have a management plan, which is reviewed every ten years. A management plan identifies the vision and long-term strategic direction for the park, and describes how that vision and direction will be achieved. It also describes how the park’s natural and cultural resources will be protected while promoting public understanding and appreciation, and facilitating exceptional visitor experiences.

Parks Canada is updating the current management plan for Banff National Park. One of the first steps in this process is determining what issues and opportunities will be priorities for the new plan to address. As national Parks are held in trust for Canadians, Parks Canada is seeking your views about the scope of the next Banff National Park of Canada Management Plan. Input from this process will be used to shape the contents and the engagement process for the draft management plan.

Parks Canada engaged with stakeholders, the public and Indigenous Peoples from January 30, 2019 to April 30, 2019. Indigenous, stakeholder and public views are crucial in helping to shape what the next park management plan should focus on. This ensures that the next plan truly reflects the values and views of Canadians.

The scope of the next management plan will be based on: relevant trends and research; public and Indigenous views and feedback, the State of the Park Report*, an evaluation of the current management plan, key challenges and opportunities, and relevant Parks Canada priorities and direction.

Read the documents (PDF) Read the documents (HTML)

A draft plan will be made available for further Indigenous and public review and comment prior to final approval and tabling in Parliament.

*For more information on the technical compendiums on Environmental Integrity and Visitor experience used in the State of the Park Report, please contact opinion@canada.ca

Guiding principles

1. Moving forward, not starting anew

While the new plans will build on existing policy and plan direction, they will be rewritten and updated to better address emerging issues, new knowledge and the results of engagement processes. The new plans will provide more clarity; respond to government priorities and Parks Canada Agency strategic direction; and reaffirm ecological and commemorative integrity as the first priorities.

2. A platform for relationship building

Parks Canada will use the plan review process to continue its work with the public, partners and Indigenous groups to help advance shared goals for conservation and enjoyment of the mountain national parks. Engagement on the development of the plans presents opportunities to incorporate principles and actions respecting the Government of Canada’s commitment to reconciliation.

3. Decision making that is guided by science and Indigenous traditional knowledge

Parks Canada will use the plan review to reaffirm ecological integrity as its first priority in the management of national parks. To ensure it can respond to the challenges of climate change, impacts to ecological integrity, and development and commercial pressures, Parks Canada will advance and make the best use of conservation science and Indigenous traditional knowledge. This framework will safeguard these parks as treasured places for generations to come.

4. Openness and transparency

The management plan review process provides an opportunity for increased public and Indigenous involvement and for Parks Canada to demonstrate transparency in its decision making.


The Canada National Parks Act requires that each of Canada’s national parks have a management plan, which is reviewed every ten years. A management plan identifies the vision and long-term strategic direction for the park, and describes how that vision and direction will be achieved. It also describes how the park’s natural and cultural resources will be protected while promoting public understanding and appreciation, and facilitating exceptional visitor experiences.

Parks Canada is updating the current management plan for Banff National Park. One of the first steps in this process is determining what issues and opportunities will be priorities for the new plan to address. As national Parks are held in trust for Canadians, Parks Canada is seeking your views about the scope of the next Banff National Park of Canada Management Plan. Input from this process will be used to shape the contents and the engagement process for the draft management plan.

Parks Canada engaged with stakeholders, the public and Indigenous Peoples from January 30, 2019 to April 30, 2019. Indigenous, stakeholder and public views are crucial in helping to shape what the next park management plan should focus on. This ensures that the next plan truly reflects the values and views of Canadians.

The scope of the next management plan will be based on: relevant trends and research; public and Indigenous views and feedback, the State of the Park Report*, an evaluation of the current management plan, key challenges and opportunities, and relevant Parks Canada priorities and direction.

Read the documents (PDF) Read the documents (HTML)

A draft plan will be made available for further Indigenous and public review and comment prior to final approval and tabling in Parliament.

*For more information on the technical compendiums on Environmental Integrity and Visitor experience used in the State of the Park Report, please contact opinion@canada.ca

Guiding principles

1. Moving forward, not starting anew

While the new plans will build on existing policy and plan direction, they will be rewritten and updated to better address emerging issues, new knowledge and the results of engagement processes. The new plans will provide more clarity; respond to government priorities and Parks Canada Agency strategic direction; and reaffirm ecological and commemorative integrity as the first priorities.

2. A platform for relationship building

Parks Canada will use the plan review process to continue its work with the public, partners and Indigenous groups to help advance shared goals for conservation and enjoyment of the mountain national parks. Engagement on the development of the plans presents opportunities to incorporate principles and actions respecting the Government of Canada’s commitment to reconciliation.

3. Decision making that is guided by science and Indigenous traditional knowledge

Parks Canada will use the plan review to reaffirm ecological integrity as its first priority in the management of national parks. To ensure it can respond to the challenges of climate change, impacts to ecological integrity, and development and commercial pressures, Parks Canada will advance and make the best use of conservation science and Indigenous traditional knowledge. This framework will safeguard these parks as treasured places for generations to come.

4. Openness and transparency

The management plan review process provides an opportunity for increased public and Indigenous involvement and for Parks Canada to demonstrate transparency in its decision making.


Banff National Park Management Plan Scoping

The following form will take approximately 15 minutes.

A key component in the development of any management plan is getting the views of interested Indigenous nations, key stakeholders and Canadians. It is only through public involvement that Parks Canada can ensure that the future direction of the park reflects the perspectives and aspirations of the people it is held in trust for.


CLOSED: This survey has concluded.