Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Ideal for: Outdoor Enthusiasts, Adventure Seekers, Families

  • Banff is a resort town located within Banff National Park. Established in 1885, it is Canada’s oldest national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The area comprises more than 2,500 square miles of park area and 1,000 miles of multi-use trails.
  • Rising above the famous Lake Louise, the area’s mountains are estimated to be 55-80 million years old. Of the mountains, the highest peak is Mt. Forbes, which towers at 11,850 feet.
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Nestled within a national park, Banff is storied resort town in the province of Alberta on the east side of the Canadian Rockies. The area’s dramatic landscape encompasses more than 2,500 square miles of pristine wilderness, soaring mountain peaks, impressive glaciers, abundant wildlife, and picture-perfect Lake Louise—named after Queen Victoria’s fourth daughter. With this much natural wonder, the opportunities for recreation are endless any time of year. Nature lovers will be in their element on a guided dusk wildlife safari. Many animals are at their most active during the evening, so keep a sharp eye out for deer, moose, elk, bighorn sheep, and even grizzly bears!

Quick Facts

  • SUGGESTED AIRPORT
    YYC (Calgary International Airport)
  • HIKING TRAILS
    1,000+ miles
  • HIGHEST PEAK
    Mt. Forbes (11,850 ft.)
  • PARK AREA
    2,564 square miles
  • MOUNTAIN AGES
    55-80 million years old

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  • Forecasting Your Banff Vacation

    Banff is truly a four-season destination. In the summer, hikers and climbers take to the world-famous mountains, where sparkling waters and fragrant forests await. Winter brings plenty of snow to Banff, sometimes more than 150 inches each year. Skiers and riders can hit the slopes at one of the area’s three renowned ski resorts.

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Map of Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

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