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Banff National Park | Map, Visitor Info, Activities, Fee, Camping, Hotels

Banff National Park | Map, Visitor Info, Activities, Fee, Camping, Hotels

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Banff National Park, Canada

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Phone Number
+1 403-762-1550 | +1 403-762-1200
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National Park Info

Established
1885
Area (Milllion Acres)
1.64
No. of Visitors
3927557
Visitor Services Info
Banff Information Centre, 224 Banff Av. Banff, tel: 403-762-1550 Fax: 403-762-3380; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lake Louise Visitor Centre, near Sampson Mall Lake Louise, tel: 403-522-3833 Fax: 403-522-1212 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Map Guide
Things NOT to do
  • Hunting
  • Motorized off-road traveling
  • Ice Fishing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Paragliding
  • Parachuting
  • Hang gliding or any heavier-than-air aircraft
  • Use of personal watercraft, (such as Sea Doos, Jet Skis etc.) or water skiing equipment
  • Collecting natural (eg. wildflowers, rocks, mushrooms, berries) or cultural objects (eg. arrowheads)
How to get there?
By Vehicle
1. Trans-Canada Highway (#1) runs west from Calgary into the park, through Banff and Lake Louise, and eventually reaches Vancouver.
2. Icefields Parkway (#93) runs between Lake Louise and Jasper Townsite
3. Radium / Invermere Highway (#93) between the Junction with the Trans-Canada and the Radium Hot Springs
4. Bow Valley Parkway (#1A)

By Air
Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver all have international airports that are serviced by major national and international carriers.

By Bus
There is direct bus service connecting downtown Calgary and the Calgary International Airport with the town of Banff and village of Lake Louise. There is also bus service connecting Banff and Lake Louise with the town of Jasper. Taxi service is available in Banff and Lake Louise. Several guiding companies also offer shuttle service to trail-heads.

By Rail
There is limited rail service on a sightseeing basis between Banff and Vancouver. Contact Banff / Lake Louise Tourism for details.
When to go?
All Seasons
Facilities Available
  • Accessibility
  • Camp Grounds
  • Community Services
  • Emergency Contacts
What to See Around
  • Lake Louise
  • Banf Gondola
  • Upper Hot Springs
  • Banf Park Museum
 
 

Banff National Park:

Iis home to the following seven National historic sites: Skoki Lodge, Abbot Pass Hut, Howse Pass, Cave and Basin, Banff Park Museum, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, and the Cosmic Ray Station on Sanson Peak. The highest mountain in Banff National Park is Mt. Forbes which stands at 11,850 feet (3,612 meters). The mountains in Banff National Park are 45 to 120 million years old and has in excess of 1,000 glaciers.

Banff National Park, located in Alberta, Canada, is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountains Parks, four national parks and several provincial parks that make up an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Banff is home to native hot springs as well as numerous campgrounds, hiking trails, winter sports, nature experiences and several archaeological sites, making it a favorite destination of outdoor adventurers from all over the United States and Canada.

Quick Facts:

  • Banff National Park is Canada's first national park and the world's third.
  • The main commercial centre of the park is the town of Banff, in the Bow River valley.
  • Since the 1960s, park accommodations have been open all year, with annual tourism visits to Banff increasing to over 5 million in the 1990s
  • Natural ice skating areas are not maintained or patrolled. Skate at your own risk.
  • Ice skate rentals are available in town.
  • Banff National Park is 140 kms from the city of Calgary, 417 kms from Alberta’s capital city, Edmonton and 850 kms from Vancouver, B.C.
  • There are no commercial aircraft landings in Banff National Park.
  • Town of Banff has a population of 8,352 and Village of Lake Louise has a population of 500.
  • The Bow River in Banff flows as far as Hudson's Bay
 

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