Rocky Mountain peaks, turquoise glacial lakes, a picture-perfect mountain town and village, abundant wildlife and scenic drives come together in Banff National Park - Canada’s first national park and the flagship of the nation’s park system. Over three million visitors a year make the pilgrimage to the park for a variety of activities including hiking, biking, skiing and camping in some of the world’s most breathtaking mountain scenery. Banff is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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Hours of operation

Open year-round
Visitor centres 

Fees

Free admission for youth in 2018. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list 

Contact us

Banff Visitor Centre
Telephone: 1-403-762-1550
Email: banff.vrc@pc.gc.ca

Lake Louise Visitor Centre
Telephone: 1-403-522-3833
Email: ll.info@pc.gc.ca

Park Wardens - 24 hours (non-emergency)
Telephone: 1-403-762-1470
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Sites nearby

  • Jasper National Park

    Jasper astonishes visitors with its vast wilderness, dotted with glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, rivers, mountains and deep-cut canyons. Hike, paddle, swim, ski, fish, and take in soothing hot springs, scenic drives and extraordinary wildlife.

  • Radium Hot Springs in Kootenay National Park
    Kootenay National Park

    With diverse terrain embracing everything from arid grasslands to glaciers, Kootenay National Park offers the full Rocky Mountain experience along the historic Banff-Windermere Highway. Take a scenic drive or stay and explore the park’s treasures.

  • Family at Emerald Lake
    Yoho National Park

    In the shadow of the Great Divide, Yoho’s towering rockwalls, spectacular waterfalls and soaring peaks reveal the secrets of ancient life, the power of ice and water and the stories of plants and animals that continue to evolve today.

  • Banff Park Museum National Historic Site

    Explore the Victorian-era collection, while admiring the stately 1903 museum, a log masterpiece and the oldest surviving federal building in any Canadian national park. 

  • Cave and Basin National Historic Site

    Visit the Cave and Basin National Historic Site to experience the birthplace of Canada’s national parks and learn about the natural and cultural history of the mountains.