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Welcome to Banff National Park!

Banff National Park - Canada's first national park - 1 1/2 hrs drive west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. From Banff's humble beginnings as a 26 square kilometre hot springs reserve, Banff National Park now consists of 6,641 square kilometres of unparalleled mountain scenery nestled in the heart of the magnificent Canadian Rockies.

Each year, millions of visitors come to Banff to marvel at the emerald waters of Lake Louise, walk amongst the flower-filled heavens at Sunshine Meadows, and drive beneath the towering jagged peaks lining the Icefields Parkway. Snow-capped peaks, glistening glaciers and sweeping vistas are just one part of the allure of Banff National Park.

You can enjoy all the comforts of home in the town of Banff and the village of Lake Louise, or step out into the wilderness and the home of some of North America's wildest creatures, including grizzly bears, caribou and wolves. Read more.

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About Banff

About Banff

In the fall of 1883, three Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers stumbled across a cave containing hot springs on the eastern slopes of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains.

    What to See in Banff
    What to See in Banff

    What to see in the Canadian Rockies

    The Rocky Mountains contain some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world, including glaciers, ice fields, snow-covered peaks, crystal clear lakes and raging rivers.

      Family Travel
      Banff Dining Guide
      Canadian Rockies Dining Guide, Banff, Jasper, Canmore

      Canadian Rockies Dining Guide, Banff, Jasper, Canmore

      The Canadian Rockies offers a range of delicious food, served with spectacular views of the surrounding majesty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

      Banff National Park Blogs

      The forum is the premier message board for the United States and Canadian Rockies. This board is for travelers and vacationers to post their trip reports, questions and give advice.

      Canadian Rockies Blogs

      Paul Peters

      He is a staff writer for the CRN network. He spends his days, when he's not chained to his writing desk, roaming the mountains, looking for great hikes, sights, food, accommodations and the occasional brew.

      Alberta Adventure Guide

      Photo Gallery

      Photography of the Canadian Rockies

      Featuring images from Banff, Jasper, Yoho, Kootenay and Waterton National Parks in the Canadian Rockies by by professional nature photographer John E. Marriott.

      Photographer Listings

      Wedding, commercial, stock, wildlife and nature photographers from the Canadian Rockies.