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Banff National Park
Box 900
Banff, AB
T1L 1K2
(403) 762-1550
(403) 762-3380

Banff National Park of Canada

Visitor Information

What to See & Do

Banff Townsite Area

Photograph of Cascade Mountain, Banff Avenue
Cascade Mountain, Banff Avenue
© Parks Canada

Banff Townsite
Map of Banff Townsite Area
Hiking Trails

What to see & do:
Lake Louise & Moraine Lake
Bow Valley Parkway
Icefields Parkway
Trans-Canada Highway


A Park Pass is required for use of park facilities such as picnic areas, viewpoints and scenic drives such as the Bow Valley Parkway and Icefield Parkway. Fees go towards maintaining and improving facilities for park visitors.

Banff Townsite

The town of Banff was named after the Banffshire area of Scotland, birthplace of two directors of the Canadian Pacific Railway, built through Banff in 1883.

1 Banff Information Centre
224 Banff Avenue
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Parks Canada information: (403) 762-1550, Banff/Lake Louise Tourism: (403) 762-8421, Friends of Banff National Park gift shop. Watch our video: Welcome to Banff!

Lieu historique national Cave and Basin, parc national Banff
Cave and Basin
© Parcs Canada

2 Cave and Basin National Historic Site
1 km, Cave Avenue; (403) 762-1566
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This is the birthplace of Canada’s national park system. Explore the exhibits, displays and boardwalk. See a real cave! Tours at 11 am daily in summer, weekends in winter.

3 Banff Park Museum National Historic Site
Banff Avenue by the Bow River Bridge; (403) 762-1558
Banff Park Museum National Historic Site, Banff National Park
Banff Park Museum
© Parks Canada
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Built in 1903, this museum offers an enchanting way to learn about Banff’s wildlife, birds and insects. Tours daily in summer at 3 pm, weekends in winter at 2:30 pm

4 Canada Place
In the Park Administration Building at the head of Banff Avenue; (403) 760-1338
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Rediscover Canada!
Interactive exhibits about Canada's land and people

Banff Upper Hot Springs
Upper Hot Springs
© Parks Canada /
B. Falvey

5 Upper Hot Springs Pool
4 km, Mountain Ave.; (403) 762-1515
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Soak in some history.

  • locker, swimsuit and towel rentals
  • full service day spa, call (403) 762-2500

6 Sulphur Mountain
4 km, Mountain Avenue
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Take the gondola, or hike the trail (5.5 km one way, 670 m elevation gain, strenuous). From the upper gondola terminal, a one-kilometre(20 min) boardwalk trail leads to the summit and Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site.

7 Vermilion Lakes
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The Bow Valley’s biggest wetland. Guided nature strolls are offered here in summer. Register in advance at Friends of Banff stores.

8 Sundance Trail
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This wide 3.7 km. asphalted tail ends at a picnic shelter. From there a more strenuous 2.1 km. trail for hikers only loops up into a canyon. Full round trip is 9.5 km (3-4 hours).

9 The Hoodoos
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A short interpretive trail unlocks the mystery of these bizarre natural pillars and leads to a superb view of the Bow Valley.

10 Lake Minnewanka
10 km (15 minutes) from Banff on the Minnewanka Loop
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Enjoy a leisurely lakeside stroll to Stewart Canyon (1.4 km, 30 min return). Boat tours of the lake are available mid-may to September. Please do not feed the bighorn sheep.

11 Johnson Lake
14 km (20 minutes) from Banff on the Minnewanka Loop
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An easy trail circles this lake. There is a small beach and you have a good chance of seeing wildlife.

12 Bankhead
8 km (12 minutes) from Banff on the Minnewanka Loop
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Once the site of a huge coal-mining operation, Lower Bankhead is now a quiet place. A 1.1-km (30 min)interpretive trail loops amongthe ruins. Upper Bankhead is a popular picnic area. Not accessible by car Nov. 15 to April 15.

top Camping

1 Tunnel Mountain Village 1
2 Tunnel Mountain Village 2
3 Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court
4 Two Jack Main Campground
5 Two Jack Lakeside Campground

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