Health & Safety Protocols

Travel, Safety & What to Expect

Travel, Health & Safety Protocols

What to expect in Banff & Lake Louise

TRAVELLING TO (AND FROM) ALBERTA, CANADA

(Updated April 25, 2022) SkiBig3 and the communities of Banff and Lake Louise are committed to the health and safety of both visitors and locals alike.  All travellers 12 years of age or older need to be fully vaccinated in order to board a domestic or international flight departing from airports within Canada.

As of April 1, 2022, pre-entry tests are no longer required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada by land, air or water. You may still be selected for random testing upon arrival, however travellers selected for testing will not be required to quarantine while awaiting their test result. 

Please familiarize yourself with all required entry protocols – Government of Canada – Border & Travel Information. As part of this process all international visitors will need the ArriveCAN ap which provides approved vaccine verification.

For return international air travel, there are a variety of businesses & pharmacies offering testing services in the town of Banff, including Go Rapid Test which offers both Rapid Antigen & Molecular PCR Tests for air travel (no appointment required).  Pre-travel Covid testing facility for air travel is also available at the Calgary International Airport. Familiarize yourself with return travel/testing protocols as per your home country regulations. US visitors returning home by air require a Rapid Antigen Test within 24 hours prior to departure.  Land border crossings are not subject to testing protocols when returning to the US. CDC Airline Travel Checklist.

Covid-19 safety protocols are ongoing and are subject to change based on updates from regional authorities.  SkiBig3 is committed to keeping you informed about what to expect when travelling to Banff National Park. This page will be updated throughout the season as protocols change.

What to Expect in Town

As of March 1, 2022, most public health restrictions were removed across the province of Alberta. The Provincial mask mandate only applies in high-risk settings including public transit, health care facilities, and all continuing care settings. Please note, all ski resort shuttles require guests to wear a face mask while riding the shuttle. When in shuttle lines, please be courteous by encouraging physical distancing. 

Masking and proof of vaccination is no longer required to access restaurants, entertain venues, retail and other public spaces. All indoor and outdoor social gathering limits have been lifted. All capacity limits at large venues and entertainment venues have been lifted. 

Please visit the following links for additional information regarding COVID-19 policies for Banff & Lake Louise, and the province of Alberta. Protocols may be updated throughout the year, please be prepared for changes in service delivery and hours of operation for all local businesses.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE SKI RESORTS

Banff Sunshine

At Banff Sunshine Village, we are firm believers in the power of outdoor recreation. Our mission is to provide a safe and healthy place for our team members to work, and our guests to recreate. 

As per Alberta Health Services (AHS) Guidelines face masks are required to access resort shuttles.  All other restrictions have been removed as of March 1, 2022.

WHERE TO GET A RAPID TEST

These days, air travel into most countries requires proof of a rapid antigen test (or rapid test) with 24 hours of departure, or a PCR Molecular test within 72 hours. In Banff, there are a number of local pharmacies and clinics offering approved covid tests for travellers flying home from their holiday.

Go Rapid Test Banff is a new clinic, located on the main floor of the Bear Street Mall, which is conveniently located in the centre of Banff for travellers to get tested before they leave Canada. Appointments may be booked online and test results are delivered within 15 minutes. 

We recommend that visitors book their departure rapid test before they travel (or as soon as they arrive) to make sure they can get tested before they leave. Prices and result times may vary depending on testing sites, so choose a pharmacy or clinic that works best for you