Quick Facts

  • Established in 1885, Banff National Park was the first national park in Canada.
  • Banff National Park encompasses 6641 km2 of protected wilderness areas.
  • The highest mountain entirely located in Banff National Park is Mt. Forbes, at 3612m (11, 850 feet). At 3618m, Mt. Assiniboineis slightly higher than Mt. Forbes and stands in Banff National Park, Kootenay National Park and Mt. Assiniboine Provincial Park.
  • Banff National Park sees 4 million visitors each year. The peak season is July and August
  • At 4,537 feet, the Town of Banff is the highest town in Canada. The Lake Louise village is the highest community at 5,033 feet.
  • The Town of Banff has a permanent population of about 8300. This number increases in the summer to accommodate the high tourist season.
  • Many movies have been filmed in Banff National Park, including “River of No Return,” starring Marilyn Monroe.
  • There are three ski resorts located in Banff National Park, with 200 kilometres of trails spread over 7,748 acres. They are Banff Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village and the Lake Louise Mountain Resort.