About Banff

The town of Banff is located in the Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, west of the city of Calgary. Banff is the first town to be incorporated within a Canadian national park and it is the second highest elevated community in Alberta. The town is considered a resort town and attracts many visitors because of its many hot springs and mountains. The town was first settled in the 1880s and later made into a resort town due to its location. Banff is located near many mountains including Cascade Mountains and Sulphur Mountains, and is situated above the Bow Falls, near the Bow River and Spray River.

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Banff National Park

Located in the Rocky Mountains, this scenic wilderness area is Canada's oldest national park established back in 1885. The park founding was sparked two years earlier when two Canadian Pacific Railroad workers came upon hot springs. Banff National Park is on 2,564 acres within the Alberta province and consists of mountains, valleys, forests, glaciers, lakes and rivers. It is one of the most visited parks in the world welcoming approximately four million people annually. Popular attractions are Upper Hot Springs, Moraine Lake, Lake Louise, Peyto Lake, Columbia Icefield, Castle Mountain and Valley of the Ten Peaks. Along with four other Canada national parks, it makes up a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage Site.

  • Banff National Park
  • Bow Falls
  • Banff Gondola
  • Sulphur Mountain
  • Moraine Lake
  • Johnston Canyon
  • Bow Valley
  • Banff Hot Springs
  • Lake Minnewanka
  • Valley of the Ten Peaks

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