Banff National Park Management Plan

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Introduction to the Banff National Park Draft Management Plan

Banff National Park is Canada’s first and most popular national park. As such, it carries special responsibility for leading and upholding Parks Canada’s reputation for protected area management and innovation in conservation science, while providing exceptional visitor experiences to millions annually.

With Parks Canada’s mandate and ecological integrity as its touchstone, the draft management plan was shaped by the efforts and accomplishments of previous plans, the monitoring results and trends described in the State of the Park Assessment, feedback from Indigenous communities and the public, and changes in the environment, technology and protected area management practices.

The plan sets out a vision for the park as a place characterized by respect – for Indigenous peoples who were the original inhabitants and stewards of the land before the park was established, for experiences based in the unique human and natural history of the place, and for the inherent value of the environment and protected areas. Framed by this vision, the draft management plan describes Parks Canada’s approach to fulfilling its various responsibilities through specific strategies, objectives and targets.



This plan was developed concurrently with the management plans for Jasper, Kootenay, Yoho, Waterton Lakes, and Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks, as these special places share many of the same challenges, opportunities, stakeholders and visitors. This also allowed for a landscape level, co-ordinated approach to key aspects of Parks Canada’s work in numerous areas. As a result, the plans share many common themes and priorities including:

  • Conserving natural and cultural resources, and protecting ecological integrity and park landscapes for future generations;
  • Providing exceptional opportunities for Canadians to experience and connect with the natural and cultural landscapes, features, activities and stories that define Canada;
  • Strengthening Indigenous relations based on respect, collaboration, and partnership; and
  • Contributing to landscape-scale conservation and an understanding of climate change and its impacts.

National parks are managed in trust for all Canadians, so ensuring their values and views are reflected in every park management plan is a priority. This draft was written with strong consideration for the earlier feedback received from a wide variety of organizations and individuals about their vision for the park, and the values and principles that should guide its future management and priorities. We need to hear from you if we’ve achieved that goal.

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Please join the conversation. Leave a comment, share an idea, complete a survey, or ask a question on this site. You can also submit comments to: opinion@canada.ca or via regular mail to Banff Superintendent, Box 900, Banff Alberta, T1L 1K2.


Introduction to the Banff National Park Draft Management Plan

Banff National Park is Canada’s first and most popular national park. As such, it carries special responsibility for leading and upholding Parks Canada’s reputation for protected area management and innovation in conservation science, while providing exceptional visitor experiences to millions annually.

With Parks Canada’s mandate and ecological integrity as its touchstone, the draft management plan was shaped by the efforts and accomplishments of previous plans, the monitoring results and trends described in the State of the Park Assessment, feedback from Indigenous communities and the public, and changes in the environment, technology and protected area management practices.

The plan sets out a vision for the park as a place characterized by respect – for Indigenous peoples who were the original inhabitants and stewards of the land before the park was established, for experiences based in the unique human and natural history of the place, and for the inherent value of the environment and protected areas. Framed by this vision, the draft management plan describes Parks Canada’s approach to fulfilling its various responsibilities through specific strategies, objectives and targets.



This plan was developed concurrently with the management plans for Jasper, Kootenay, Yoho, Waterton Lakes, and Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks, as these special places share many of the same challenges, opportunities, stakeholders and visitors. This also allowed for a landscape level, co-ordinated approach to key aspects of Parks Canada’s work in numerous areas. As a result, the plans share many common themes and priorities including:

  • Conserving natural and cultural resources, and protecting ecological integrity and park landscapes for future generations;
  • Providing exceptional opportunities for Canadians to experience and connect with the natural and cultural landscapes, features, activities and stories that define Canada;
  • Strengthening Indigenous relations based on respect, collaboration, and partnership; and
  • Contributing to landscape-scale conservation and an understanding of climate change and its impacts.

National parks are managed in trust for all Canadians, so ensuring their values and views are reflected in every park management plan is a priority. This draft was written with strong consideration for the earlier feedback received from a wide variety of organizations and individuals about their vision for the park, and the values and principles that should guide its future management and priorities. We need to hear from you if we’ve achieved that goal.

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

Please join the conversation. Leave a comment, share an idea, complete a survey, or ask a question on this site. You can also submit comments to: opinion@canada.ca or via regular mail to Banff Superintendent, Box 900, Banff Alberta, T1L 1K2.