The Banff Marathon takes place on Sunday, June 19th.

There will be some traffic interruptions during the event between 8:00am and 3:30pm.

Thank you for your patience and please allow yourself additional time to reach your destination.


Date: Sunday, June 19th

Time: 6:30am – 3:30pm


The Banff Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K will take place on Sunday, September 12th and include runners of all abilities.  The focus of the event will be on community, Park stewardship and sustainability. The Banff Marathon is partnering with the YWCA Banff, where all fundraising efforts will be put towards valuable services in the community. Participants in the full and half marathon will begin and finish the course in Banff’s Central Park, completing a loop past Vermilion Lakes, along the Legacy Trail (west), and up the Bow Valley Parkway to a designated turn-around point.  The courses have been designed to have very few impacts on the traffic around Banff.  Please use alternative routes as signed, or allow time for delays during these periods. Your understanding and cooperation is greatly appreciated.




Date: Sunday, June 19th

Time: 6:00am - 10:30am

  • Bow Ave from Buffalo St to Wolf St

  • Buffalo St from Bear St to Bow Ave


Time: 6:30am - 3:30pm

  • Bow Valley Parkway from Trans-Canada Highway (easterly access) to Johnston Canyon Campground*

  • Vermilion Lakes Road and Legacy Trail (west) from Lynx Street west to the Bow Valley Parkway

  • Banff Ave Bridge west sidewalk (starting at 8:00am)

*Access to Johnston Canyon from Castle Junction



Date: Sunday, June 19th

Time: 6:00am - 10:30am

  • Single lane Traffic: Mount Norquay Road between Vermilion Lakes Rd and Lynx Street

  • Single Lane Alternating Traffic: Sundance Road (until 10:30am), Birch Drive (until 3:30pm)

  • Single Lane Closure (7:45am - 8:15am): Wolf Street (eastbound lane), Lynx and Bear Streets (southbound lane) from Wolf Street to Buffalo Street


Time: 8:00am - 3:30pm

  • Bow River Trails (north side) from Lynx Street to Muskrat Street (including Central Park)

  • Bow River Trails (south side) & Glen Ave from Bow Falls to Birch Ave (to Sundance Rd until 10:30am)



The Marathon organizers have also planned a contingency race route in the case of heavy wildlife activity – please also familiarize yourself with this route. This route would affect Muskrat Street (single lane traffic) and result in a closure of the Legacy Trail (from Banff to the eastern Park Gates).



We invite all local residents to visit the free Health and Fitness Expo and free Kid’s Run on Saturday, June 18th (Kids Run is at 1:30pm - Bear Street Expo - Registration starts at 12pm). The Kids Run is free and there will be goodies and finisher’s medals for the kids! We also invite you to cheer on the racers on race day (the athletes love it!) or become a volunteer to help make this event a success – it is very inspiring!


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In the event of a route change due to wildlife activity on the course, an alternate route has been planned that will affect businesses and residents along Buffalo, Muskrat, and Fox, Banff Ave and a full closure of the Legacy Trail (east) from Banff to the eastern Park Gates.

Please check for route updates and route changes HERE up to and including June 19th. Please note that changes could be made up until the morning of Sunday, June 19th.


Thank you in advance for working with us to make this a safe and enjoyable experience for local and visitors alike, and for helping to protect the wildlife in Banff National Park.