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Banff National Park

Canada's first national park, spanning Spanning 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers.

Watch the sunset on a riverside stroll or feel the breath of glaciers in the alpine. Take your pick of over 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) of maintained trails. Many of the park’s most famous hikes are easily accessible from the Town of Banff and the village of Lake Louise.  

Parking is extremely limited in Lake Louise. Booking a seat on a Parks Canada shuttle is the best way to see Moraine Lake and Lake Louise, and the only way to see both lakes in one day. Reserve your seat at

Banff National Park also incorporates historic sites such as Cave and Basin National Historic Site and Banff Park Museum National Historic Site of Canada.

Banff National Park Fast Facts

  • Established in 1885 as Canada’s first National Park (third in the world) and was the birth of Canada’s vast national parks system.
  • Banff is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The mountains are around 45 to 120 million years old.
  • The park encompasses Banff, the highest town in Canada at an elevation of 1,384 m (4,540 ft).
  • Banff is home to Alberta’s southernmost herd of the endangered woodland caribou.

For more information visit Banff National Park.

TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews
5.0 based on 548 reviews
“Bucket list visit”
Bucket list visit
September 14, 2022, by dixiepeach
Banff National Park has been on my bucket list for many years. It is truly magnificent. Lake Louise and Moraine Lake were gorgeous. The entire area is one scenic panorama leading to another...
“Beautiful view”
Beautiful view
September 12, 2022, by Sreelakshmysreejith
Most beautiful view I’ve ever seen in my entire life. 💙 Must place to go especially for nature lovers. The unreal Colors of the lakes have to be seen to be believed.
September 12, 2022, by natureEXPLORER56
Stayed in Canmore for a week, visiting Banff National Park daily, and had an absolutely incredible experience! We visited all the major sites, like Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, and did lots of...