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.

Featured things to do

Three people and a dog on a leash sit atop the summit of a mountain.
Hiking: Take your pick of over 1,600 kilometers of maintained trails

Watch the sunset on a riverside stroll or feel the breath of glaciers in the alpine. Many of the park’s most famous hikes are easily accessible from the Town of Banff and the village of Lake Louise.  

Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Explore Cave and Basin National Historic Site: the birthplace of Canada’s national parks

When three railway workers stumbled upon bubbling hot springs in 1883, they had no idea it would lead to the creation of Banff National Park. Discover the birthplace of Canada’s first national park at Cave and Basin National Historic Site.

Three adults on mountain bikes
Exploring trails by bike

With more than 190 km of mountain bike trails and numerous road riding options, biking is an excellent way to explore Banff National Park. Trails range from easy to difficult and the biking season typically extends from May to October.

Getting here

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

Hours of operation

Open year-round
Visitor centres 

Fees

Free admission in 2017. 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.