The town of Banff, the Hamlet of Lake Louise, the three ski resorts and all the mountains, trails and lakes in between are located inside Banff National Park. Anytime you come to explore and enjoy the area, you need to make sure you have a National Park Pass.
Banff National Park entry fees help support visitor services and facilities so we can all continue to enjoy these beautiful mountains. You can purchase a daily pass or an annual pass depending on how long you plan to visit the Banff and Lake Louise area. Purchase your pass online.
You do not need a reservation to enter the Park, however it is recommended to reserve your accommodation, transportation and activities before you arrive. Even though you do not need a reservation to enter, everyone who spends time enjoying the National Park is required to have a National Park Pass.
How much time do you have? It could be 1 day, 1 week, 1 month or 1 year, there is always something new to discover in Banff National Park! We've written a handy blog on this topic to give you more insight.
Banff is year-round destination; however, each month brings its own unique charm.
If you are looking for some fresh snow on the slopes and ice on the lakes, then January and February would be the perfect time to visit. If spring skiing is a little more your thing, then head out here in March or April. Peak season tends to be June through to September and that’s when you will find all the popular summer activities and stunning turquoise lakes. If you are looking for a little peace and quiet to connect with nature, then book a visit during the shoulder season in November and April/ May.
Both are located within the borders of Banff National Park. Sitting roughly 65km apart, The town of Banff and hamlet of Lake Louise are the two main hubs of activity within Banff National Park. Learn more.