Banff National Park of Canada

Banff National Park

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VISIT Banff National Park:

Banff National Park was Canada’s first officially designated national park, and it is also the most visited.

Situated in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff has rocky mountain peaks, turquoise glacial lakes, a picture-perfect mountain town and village, abundant wildlife and miles of scenic drives and trails. With easy access to pristine wilderness, endless outdoor adventures, and all the amenities you need, Banff National Park is a place you need to see to believe.

Places to Stay While Visiting Banff

There are a number of hotels, resorts, vacation rentals, and campgrounds in and around the town of Banff, AB. There is also public transportation available in town. Lake Louise, AB is a neighboring town that also has a lot of amenities.

Park Details

Banff National Park was established in 1885, and has a total area of 1,640,960 acres (2,564 square miles, or 6,644 square kilometers).

Address 224 Banff Avenue, Banff, AB, T1L 1B3
HoursOpen year round
Entrance Fee$21 per family daily
Learn MoreOfficial Website

When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation

There is no better way to experience Banff’s pristine mountain landscape than to get out there in the snow. Thousands of avalanches occur throughout Banff National Park every year. Visitors wishing to venture beyond the limits of the trails described in this guide should assume that they are travelling in avalanche terrain and should be prepared with the appropriate knowledge, skills, and equipment.

Using Historical Data to Predict

We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Banff National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Banff National Park is.

Our data shows the best months to visit Banff National Park are September, July, June & August.

Park Visits208,100177,900236,800262,200317,800389,100688,500723,800472,300149,700126,000151,400
Avg Temp293236445563717162473328
Max Temp404146587176838277634440
Avg Temp161723324147525245342216
Min Temp-6-33162836414032172-5
Temperature values in °F; Precipitation in Inches

Banff National Park Road Trips

Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Banff National Park is visited.

Trip NameTrip MilesTrip Days
Jasper, Yoho and Banff6879
Glacier to Canadian Banff & Kootenay1,0359

Other Nearby National Park Sites

From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Banff National Park.

Yoho National Park50 km
Kootenay National Park54 km
Jasper National Park104 km
Glacier National Park114 km
Mount Revelstoke National Park159 km
Waterton Lakes National Park292 km
Elk Island National Park324 km
Glacier National Park338 km
Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area398 km

Nearest Ski Resorts

For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Banff National Park:

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Lake LouiseLake Louise, AB8,652 ft64%22 km
Mount NorquayBanff, AB8,038 ft47%26 km
Banff Sunshine VillageBanff, AB8,957 ft79%28 km
Nakiska SkiKananaskis, AB7,415 ft58%68 km
Fortress Mountain ResortKananaskis, AB8,400 ft56%75 km
Kicking HorseGolden, BC8,218 ft88%81 km
Panorama Mountain VillagePanorama, BC7,875 ft71%103 km
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski AreaFairmont Hot Springs, BC5,200 ft42%113 km

Nearest Airports

When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Banff National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.

Large Airports

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Banff National Park.

Calgary International AirportYYCCalgary, AB132 km
Edmonton International AirportYEGEdmonton, AB268 km
Vancouver International AirportYVRVancouver, BC571 km
Seattle–Tacoma International AirportSEASeattle, WA635 km
Medium Airports

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Banff National Park.

Cranbrook/Canadian Rockies International AirportYXCCranbrook, BC194 km
Castlegar/West Kootenay Regional AirportYCGCastlegar, BC260 km
Lethbridge County AirportYQLLethbridge, AB290 km
Kelowna International AirportYLWKelowna, BC291 km
Kamloops AirportYKAKamloops, BC327 km
Penticton AirportYYFPenticton, BC337 km
Glacier Park International AirportFCAKalispell, MT358 km

Credits: Campground data provided by Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.

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Chris Cagle

I love traveling the United States. I hunt down fantastic places to visit in the summer and great slopes to ski down in the winter. The first national park I ever visited was the Smokies, but since then, I've been to dozens. However, my favorite by far has been Zion.