Banff National Park is Canada's first national park and the world's third. Spanning 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers, Banff National Park is one of the world's premier destination spots. It is set in the heart of the Canadian Rockies and attracts about 4.5 million visitors each year.
Banff National Park

Banff National Park

With its towering peaks and stunning glacier-fed lakes, it’s hard to believe that an area as beautiful as the Canadian Rockies once lay dormant to Western eyes, known only by the native peoples who dwelled in the valleys below.

Getting Here

Getting Here

Banff is easily accessible from Calgary International Airport, a hub for world-wide connections. Transportation to and from Banff is also easy on Canada's national Highway 1, the Trans-Canada Highway.

Weather

Weather

The seasonal weather throughout the Canadian Rockies and around Banff is extremely variable due to high elevation and rugged topography.

Dining In Banff

Dining In Banff

There's lots to choose from when it comes to dining in Banff, from home-style cooking to Italian, Steakhouses and even Greek! You will be sure to find something to satisfy your craving! See below for a list of our favourite restaurant partners.

FAQs

FAQs

Do I need to tip? Do I need a vehicle to get around Banff? What time does the Park close? Read on to find the answers to these questions and more.

Banff Events

Banff Events

If you’re heading to the Rockies and looking for things to do, give our event calendar a once over first and learn about all the exciting Banff events going on during your visit.

Interesting Facts

The Town of Banff sits at an elevation of 1,383 metres (4,537 feet) making it the highest town in Canada

The Town of Banff has a population of 8,352

Mountains surrounding the townsite include Tunnel Mountain (1,690 m/5,545 ft), Mount Rundle (2,949 m/9,675 ft), Cascade Mountain (2,998 m/9,836 ft), Mount Norquay (2,134 m/7,001 ft), and Sulphur Mountain (2,281 m/7,484 ft).

Banff National Park is managed by Parks Canada, a division of the Canadian government's Department of Canadian Heritage

The highest mountain in Banff National Park is Mt. Forbes, which stands at 3,612 metres (11,850 feet)

The name "Banff" is derived from Banffshire, Scotland, the birthplace of two of the original directors of the Canadian Pacific Railway