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Banff National Park

A sunset over Banff National Park, AB
Copithorne & Blakely

Banff National Park

Banff National Park is famous for its surreally coloured lakes, majestic mountains and endless outdoor adventures. Canada’s first national park and the world’s third, it has a rich heritage as one of the world’s most awe-inspiring mountain destinations. 

What makes Banff National Park so special is its easy access and close proximity to the vast unspoiled wilderness of the Canadian Rockies. The park spans 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) of mountainous terrain, packed with spectacularly scenic valleys, peaks, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers. 

It’s a romance that goes back and forth, the mountains and people. The reason for the national parks is so we can pass on this beauty.– Long-time Banff local, Eddy Hunter, February 27, 2016, The Telegraph

The bustling town of Banff and hamlet of Lake Louise are uniquely located in the National Park. You feel truly immersed in the mountains and close to nature when you visit Banff & Lake Louise.

  • Wildlife Awareness & Safety

    Wildlife Awareness & Safety

    Banff National Park is home to black and grizzly bears, wolves, cougars, elk, deer, bighorn sheep, bald eagles and many other mammal and bird species.

    It’s not uncommon to catch sight of wildlife when you are in Banff National Park - we are in their home, after all! It’s a special and unique experience, but it is important to be aware of how to keep both the animals and yourself safe.

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  • Weather and Seasons

    Weather and seasons

    Banff National Park enjoys four distinct seasons which each offer unique experiences and attractions.

    Warm and sunny summers followed by the crispness of glowing fall; cold and snowy winters into fresh, green spring. The weather in Banff & Lake Louise is always changing and often unpredictable.

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  • History & Heritage

    History & Heritage

    Founded in 1885, Banff National Park has a rich heritage and history that is still very much alive in Banff & Lake Louise today.

    Throughout centuries of habitation by indigenous peoples, the establishment of a tourist town in the 19th century, and today’s modern, world class destination: the landscape of Banff National Park has long inspired people with its natural beauty and grandeur.

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Plan Your Stay

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