Traffic Impacts

The fifth annual RBC GranFondo Banff will give 1,500 cycling enthusiasts the opportunity to ride in Canada's oldest and most cherished national park. This world class cycling event would not be possible without some road closures along the route in the early hours of the day.We value the ongoing support from the community and would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation on event day.

Motorists are advised to plan ahead, as there will be delays on some routes along the course. It is recommended that you allow yourself extra time to arrive at your destination.

Always use caution around cyclists and obey traffic marshals.

Summary of Impacts - Saturday, August 20, 2016

4:00am – 5:30pm

Bow Avenue from Wolf Street to Buffalo Street closed.

4:00am – 6:00pm

Buffalo Street from Bow Avenue to Bear Street closed.

6:30am – 9:00am Tunnel Mountain Road Northbound lane closed. Southbound lane will remain open.
6:30am – 9:00am Westbound exit from Trans-Canada Hwy onto Banff Avenue closed.
6:30am – 9:00am Banff Avenue access to Trans-Canada Hwy eastbound via Minnewanka Interchange closed. However, eastbound TCH accessible via Norquay and Compound Road Interchanges.

6:45am – 9:00am

Tunnel Mountain Drive closed.

6:45am – 9:00am

Buffalo Street from the Banff Centre to Muskrat St closed.

6:45am – 9:00am Lake Minnewanka Scenic Drive closed.

6:55am - 7:15am

Banff Avenue North & Southbound lanes closed for start – expect a 15 minute delay.

7:30am – 3:00pm

Vermillion Lakes Road closed.

7:30am – 2:15pm

Bow Valley Parkway closed.

* NOTE: Norquay Interchange is not affected.

Specific information for accessing Lake Minnewanka

Lake Minnewanka Drive will be closed early in the day and will not be accessible from 6:45am to 9:00am. This will affect those wanting to use the lake for fishing and diving purposes. For people who want to access Lake Minnewanka Scenic Drive by vehicle on August 20th, it is recommended that you plan to arrive before 6:45am or after 9:00am.

Specific information for accessing Bow Avenue

The homes and businesses on Bow Avenue will be impacted.  There will be no vehicle traffic in and out of this area all day. The public parking lot located on the corner of Lynx and Wolf can be accessed through the main parking lot of the Mineral Springs Hospital. Access to Bow View Lodge will be done through the alley behind the Banff Park Lodge via Caribou Street.

Specific Information for accessing Bow Valley Parkway

Bow Valley Parkway will be closed from 7:30am to 2:15pm. Two-way traffic will be re-established by 2:15pm. Please expect delays throughout the day.

This will affect: Fireside, Backswamp, East Gateway, Mule Shoe, Sawback Prescribed Burn, Sawback Day Use, Hillsdale Meadows Day Use, Johnston Canyon Campground, Johnston Canyon Day Use and Hiking Trail, Pilot Pond, Moose Meadows Day Use, Silverton Falls Trail, Castle Mountain Campground and Rock Bound Lake Hiking Trail.


Spectators can be a part of the RBC GranFondo Banff experience too. Event organizers would like to invite your family and friends to this community celebration. The best place to watch on event day will be at Central Park beginning at 7:00am, August 20th Visit the Banff Park Museum National Historic Site.


It is highly encouraged for riders to park at their respective hotels or residences and ride to the start line. There are limited parking spots available at the Central Park rail station at the corner of Mt. Norquay Road and Railway Ave. This is approximately 1 km from the start line. For full parking information, click here.