Banff is a resort town in the province of Alberta, located within Banff National Park. The peaks of Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade, part of the Rocky Mountains, dominate its skyline. On Banff Avenue, the main thoroughfare, boutiques and restaurants mix with château-style hotels and souvenir shops. The surrounding 6,500 square kilometres of parkland are home to wildlife including elk and grizzly bears..
The Town of Banff has an elevation of 4,537 feet (1,383 metres) making it the highest town in Canada
Banff National Park was established in 1885 as Canada’s first National Park (third in the world) and was the birth of Canada’s vast national parks system
Banff National Park covers 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 miles)
The tree line lies approximately around 7,500 feet (2,300 metres) leading to glaciers and beautiful alpine meadows
Banff National Park has in excess of 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) of hiking trails
Castleguard caves in the Northwest corner of Banff are Canada’s longest cave system
To Do in Banff
- Cave and Basin – Visit the Cave and Basin National Historic Site to experience the birthplace of Canada’s national parks and learn about the natural and cultural history of the mountains. Touch the hot water that seeps from the rocks, smell the minerals and explore the trails. Discover it on your own or enjoy one of the many guided tours.
- Banff Gondola – you can summit a peak near Banff thanks to the Banff Gondola, with four-person enclosed cars that glide up to the top of Sulphur Mountain in less than 10 minutes. Named for the thermal springs that emanate from its base, this peak is a must-do Banff attraction.
- Banff Upper Hot Springs – Soak in the steamy hot mineral water where travellers have come to “take the waters” for over a hundred years. Banff National Park’s only hot springs pool welcomes you year-round for an authentic heritage experience that is a favourite amongst visitors. When in Banff do as the locals do – come in the morning for the most relaxing visit.
- Town of Banff – The town of Banff has a wide variety of shops, with everything from big brand clothing and technical outerwear, to local art and must-have souvenirs. Spend time on Banff Avenue browsing the latest in men’s and women’s fashions, or make a quick stop to pick up some new gear on the way to your next adventure.