Banff National Park is located in the Rocky Mountains of southwest Alberta, 128 kilometres from the city of Calgary (1.5 hours by car; direct bus service also available). The park is fully accessible by car, and its scenic parkways are among the finest in the world. Campers will find 13 frontcountry campgrounds, while extensive hotel accommodations are available in the town of Banff and village of Lake Louise.

Getting here


Banff Visitor Centre
224 Banff Avenue
Banff, AB T1L 1C3


Banff National Park is located in the province of Alberta in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. It is situated 128 km (80 miles) west of Calgary, 401 km (250 miles) southwest of Edmonton and 850 km (500 mi) northeast of Vancouver.

Free admission in 2017. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list

Facilities and services

Accessible Facilities Accessible services
Lookout Lookout
Picnic Shelter Picnic shelter
Restrooms Restrooms
Bank or ATM
Gift Shop Gift shop
Parking Parking
Bus parking
Information Information
Picnic Area Picnic area
Restaurant or café

Quick facts

  • Founded in 1885, Banff National Park is Canada’s first national park. 
  • Hundreds of kilometres of hiking trails traverse high mountain passes, turquoise glacial lakes, plunging waterfalls and steep canyons. 
  • The 232-kilometre Icefields Parkway, shared with Jasper National Park, is one of the world’s most famous drives. It skirts great glaciers and some of the Rockies’ tallest peaks, while offering chances to see wildlife along the way, from grizzlies to bighorn sheep.