Banff Centre response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) 

Updated May 14, 2020

Banff Centre is doing the necessary planning and preparation work now for the future of Canada’s largest arts and leadership school, so we can welcome students and faculty, residents, conference guests, staff, and visitors back to campus as soon as we can. 

The location of our campus has long been a gathering place within Treaty 7 territory. On the side of Sacred Buffalo Guardian Mountain, we respect the power of this place and the Stoney Nakoda Nations, the Blackfoot Confederacy, the Tsuut’ina, and the Métis, among many other peoples and nations who have come here for generations.

The energy of this place of assembly – the town, the valley, and the mountains - has shifted into stillness.

Our focus now is to make sure our campus is safe and ready to welcome activity by respecting the authorities who are working so hard to keep us all safe and healthy. Banff National Park remains closed to visitors, the town of Banff is still in a state of emergency, the government of Alberta has maintained the public health orders restricting activities, and the Ministry of Advanced Education continues the limitations on in-person classes

Banff Centre, like many in this region and around the world, has had to make difficult decisions during this period. We have suspended all activities on campus including arts and leadership programs and related events until September.

Throughout this crisis, we are thinking of the health and well-being of staff, our faculty and residents, our friends and neighbours in Treaty 7 territory, and connections around the world. 

Please be mindful of our collective health, the best means of supporting communities in need, and know that our limitless imagination will enable us all to reach beyond our physical separation.

Banff Centre has faced many challenges over our 87 years. Founded in 1933 during the Great Depression as an expression of hope, our mandate as a school for arts and leadership education is as vital as ever and we look forward to being able to make this unique contribution to the world as soon as we can.

List of Resources for Artists

We have also compiled a list of resources that could be helpful to you during this period.

Information for Program Participants and Faculty

Updated: May 14, 2020

With so much uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, when restrictions will be lifted, and the lingering economic impacts, Banff Centre has made the very difficult decision to suspend all summer programs and events until the end of August.  

As per our cancellation policy, you will be offered a full refund or credit if applicable for your program fee including your confirmation fee. Refunds and credits will be processed by the Office of the Registrar who will reach out to you in the coming weeks to make arrangements. 

Invitational residency programs can be deferred until a later date when it is safe to re-open campus activities and the Office of the Registrar will reach out to those individuals as we have confirmed information when programs will resume.

Given the unusual nature of this situation, and the volume of transactions, we thank you for your patience and understanding. Refunds will be processed program by program based on program start date.

Please note that recruitment for programming has been temporarily suspended during this period. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Office of the Registrar by email:


Public Events

Updated: May 14, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and recently announced government restrictions on gatherings, we will be cancelling all events open to the public until further notice. 

For those who have already purchased tickets to ongoing shows, refunds will be automatically processed by our Box Office. 

For any questions you might have regarding this process, please feel free to contact the Box Office by e-mail at

Restaurants, Hotels and Campus Services:

Updated: May 14, 2020

All buildings on campus are closed to the public. Please contact guest services for information.

Three Ravens, MacLab and Vistas restaurants are closed until further notice

The Sally Borden Fitness Centre is closed until further notice

The Paul D. Fleck Library is closed to the public until further notice

The Walter Phillips Gallery is closed until further notice

We hope to reopen campus and hospitality services when it is safe and legal to do so, presumably when Banff National Park reopens to visitors and government restrictions are lifted.


Updated: May 14, 2020

For scheduled conferences on campus, we are monitoring the lifting of government restrictions and hope to be offering services as soon it is safe and legal to do so. 

Please reach out to for more information.