Banff National Park

Alberta’s First National Park

Banff is the closest National Park to Calgary and has a rich history. It was Canada’s first National park when it was created in 1885. Today, millions of tourists flock to Banff to experience the majesty of the Canadian Rockies. Banff is a popular hiking, skiing, and tourism spot in Alberta.

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Banff National Park – Quick Facts

  • Established 1885 as Canada’s First National Park
  • Approximately 6,641km2 (2564mi2) of Alberta Rockies
  • Over 1600km of hiking trails
  • World Class Skiing at 3 Resorts
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Nearly 2500 designated campsites
  • 4,000,000 + Visitors Yearly

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Visiting The Town of Banff

Where to Eat in Banff

Visitors to Banff have access to a diverse set of dining options. Whether you are looking to enjoy food in a t-shirt and ski boots or a tuxedo and dress shoes – Banff has something for you.

What to do in Banff

Banff didn’t become a global tourism destination without having things to do! Whether it is exploring caves, sightseeing from atop a mountain, or relaxing in the hot springs – Banff has something for everyone!

Hotels in Banff

If camping isn’t your thing that is okay! Banff has a wide variety of high quality hotels and motels for visitors. Since Banff is such a tourist economy, there is a wide range of condos and homes for rent too!


Hiking In Banff

Banff is a popular hiking destination for tourists and Albertans alike. With more than 1600km of trails throughout the National Parks, there is something for every skill level and ambition. Even the short, easy hikes traverse some of Earth’s best landscapes

History of Banff National Park

Banff National Park has a rich and vibrant history being Alberta’s National Park. We have covered this history from the very first pioneers to call the region home to the present day. If you have ever been curious about the history of Banff National Park: be prepared to learn a lot!