Banff National Park
Established in 1885, Banff National Park covers 6641 sq.
km/2564 sq. miles, includes the towns of Banff and Lake
Louise, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its natural
setting of ancient mountains (45-120 million years old),
meadows, waterfalls, canyons, rivers and over 1,000
glaciers makes it a playground for nature lovers and
river rafting, horseback riding, mountain biking, caving
and camping in summer and skiing, snowboarding,
snowshoeing, snowmobiling and sledding in winter – Banff
offers it all and more. There are 1600 km/1000 miles of
hiking trails, 2468 campsites, Canada’s longest cave
system, the Castleguard Caves, and the three ski hills
of Sunshine Village, Mt. Norquay and Lake Louise.
Town of Banff
At 1383 m/4537 feet above sea level, Banff is the
highest town in Canada and the urban hub of Banff
National Park. It is full of unique boutiques,
restaurants, nightclubs, resorts and spas. The
commanding Banff Springs Hotel, the largest hotel in the
world when built in 1888, overlooks the town and is a
National Historic Site.
hosts the internationally renowned Banff Summer Arts
Festival in July and August, and the prestigious Banff
Mountain Film and Book Festivals in November.
Where It’s At
Banff is located in Alberta close to the BC border. It
is less than 300 km/185 miles from Three Valley Gap and
Revelstoke. Close by are Kananaskis Country, Canmore and
Calgary, as well as Yoho, Kootenay and Jasper National
Parks and the Columbia Icefields.
million people visit Banff every year.