Banff National Park
Improvement District No. 9, AB T0L, Canada
Banff National Park is Canada's oldest national park, established in 1885 in the Rocky Mountains. The park is located 110–180 km west of Calgary in the province of Alberta.It consists of numerous glaciers and ice fields, dense coniferous forest, and alpine landscapes. The Icefields Parkway extends from Lake Louise, connecting to Jasper National Park in the north. Provincial forests and Yoho National Park are neighbours to the west, while Kootenay National Park is located to the south and Kananaskis Country to the southeast. The main commercial centre of the park is the town of Banff.
A scenic hour and a half drive west of Calgary leads to one of the most popular national parks in the world. Nestled in superb natural settings, the charming towns of Banff and Lake Louise have all the comforts of the big city. Over 7,500 people call the park home, so you’re as likely to encounter the locals as you are the resident wildlife.
Banff National Park: National Park Entry Fees
When you enter one of the Rocky Mountain national parks, you'll have to pay an entry fee. For the purposes of fees, Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, and Yoho National Parks can be considered one large park--your entrance purchased at one is valid at all the others.
You can purchase your pass for the number of days you need (or get an annual pass) when you first arrive at a park gate. You will be given a receipt that you attach to your windshield for subsequent pass checks.
An annual Discovery Pass is valid in 27 of Canada's national parks and 77 of Canada's national historic sites until the end of the 13th month after it was purchased.
Mapview of Banff National Park