Know before you go

Views of Cascade Mountain from Banff Ave in winter

Travelling to Banff National Park and Canada for the first time? Here is some basic travel information to help with your planning process.

Banff is located in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. It's one of five national parks in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. It is located along the TransCanada Highway, a well maintained road open year-round. The closest international airport is Calgary (130 km/87 miles away). You can get here by car, shuttle service or RV. To know more about getting around Banff, visit here.

Before deciding how to spend the day exploring Moraine Lake, it's essential to work out how you'll get there first. You can't drive personal vehicles up Moraine Lake Road at any time of day. This means you must hike, bike, take a shuttle or transit, or go on a tour. To help with your planning, we have created a handy list of all of the options, check it out here.

Banff National Park sees mild summers and cold, snowy winters. It’s been said that the most reliable characteristic of Banff and Lake Louise’s weather is its unpredictability. Be prepared! Make the most of your visit to Banff and Lake Louise by packing for all weather possibilities and checking the forecast and conditions before your trip. Check out the season information here

Check out the weather today and for the next few days in Banff & Lake Louise with our webcams. Keep in mind that temperatures will vary depending on what time of day it is and what elevation you're at. These webcams might help also help to assess traffic conditions.

Get your Park Pass

Don't forget to buy your Park Pass. Everyone visiting Banff or Lake Louise needs to purchase a Park Pass for entry into the National Park. Buy yours online and save time and hassle when arriving at the park entrance. 

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