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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.  

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
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“A Winter Wonderland”
A Winter Wonderland
February 15, 2021, by SafiFariaa
A winter wonderland in the Canadian Rockies. The drive from Calgary to Banff is breathtaking. Every turn and corner you want to stop and take pictures. The mountains, the trees, the water, the sky...
“A great winter getaway”
A great winter getaway
February 13, 2021, by AlasdairAllchin
Hello all, just returned from a 2 day trip to Banff. Winter is an absolutely amazing time to visit this wonderland, and I highly recommend taking the trip up. That said, I thought I’d give you all a...
“had an awesome new years eve there”
had an awesome new years eve there
January 12, 2021, by kristaande
My family went for new years eve and had an incredible time snowboarding and sightseeing! I would recommend this area to anyone!