The Town of Banff, Alberta, is located in the southwestern corner of Banff National Park, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, about 90 minutes west from Calgary via the Trans Canada Highway.
|The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel|
The largest community within Banff National Park, the Town of Banff is a unique destination that takes pride in accommodating visitors and providing tourism services, without losing the charm of a small mountain community. The Town of Banff sits at an elevation of 1,383 metres (4,537 feet) making it the highest town in Canada.
Banff runs a local bus service year-round, with stops throughout town including the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and the Sulphur Mountain attractions (Upper Hotsprings and Banff Gondola). In the winter, shuttles are available to and from three world-class ski destinations: Mt. Norquay, Sunshine Village, and Lake Louise Ski Area.
Banff National Park was established in 1885 as Canada's first national park. It is open year-round and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a United Nations designation which helps protect over 20,000 square kilometres (7,700 square miles) of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
The townsite and surrounding areas within the park offer an enormous range of accommodation options, from modest to opulent luxury... hotels and lodges to hostels, campgrounds and bed & breakfasts.