SnowDays Festival.

Tips for your trips. Tourist information. Official websites.

Banff (map) is a town within Banff National Park (map) in Alberta, Canada. It is located approximately 126 km (78 mi) west of Calgary (map) and 58 km (36 mi) east of Lake Louise (map). Banff is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Banff is a resort town and one of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations. Known for its mountainous surroundings and hot springs, it is a destination for outdoor sports and features extensive hiking, biking, scrambling and skiing destinations within the area.

Sunshine Village (map), Ski Norquay (Mt Norquay, map) and Lake Louise Ski Resort (map) are the three nearby ski resorts located within the national park.

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In fact, the tradition began in Banff as the Winter Carnival over 100 years ago. In 1917, the town came alive with this winter sports festival – complete with ski jumping, cross-country skiing and skijoring with horses.

A park pass is required for stopping in the park (Banff National Park), and permit checks are common during the summer months, especially at Lake Louise and the start of the Icefields Parkway. A permit is not required if travelling straight through the park without stopping. Approximately 5 million people pass through Banff annually on the Trans-Canada Highway without stopping.

Additional variable fees are required for camping and backcountry exploration. See the official Parks Canada website for a complete current schedule.

The town is also the starting point of the 4,417 km (2,745 mi) Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, which terminates at Antelope Wells (map), New Mexico in the United States. (


Public transport.

Information about all types of public transport.

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BUS: Greyhound Canada serves Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto, with connecting service to regional lines and US Greyhound coaches. + Brewster provides regular scheduled coaches that serve Banff and Lake Louise, departing from Calgary and points in British Columbia. + Rider ExpressOn-It Regional Transit

TRAIN: Via Rail is Canada’s national passenger rail service. The US counterpart, Amtrak, provides connecting rail services to Toronto from New York via Niagara Falls. + Rocky Mountaineer Vacations

AIRPORT: Canada’s main international airports: Toronto Pearson International Airport • Vancouver International Airport • Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport.

FERRY: Marine Atlantic provides ferry service between North Sydney, Nova Scotia, and Port-aux-Basques, Newfoundland. There are also ferries to the Îles-de-la-Madeleine from Souris, PEI, and Montreal. BC Ferries has an extensive network of services along the coast of British Columbia and to Vancouver Island and to outlying islands.

BANFF IN THE WINTER! Experiencing the SNOWDAYS Festival.

Banff is a magical place in the winter and visiting during one of the many Banff festivals is a wonderful way to experience Banff National Park and the winter in Canada!

video source: Must Do Canada / /

Useful websites.

Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.


Apply for a visitor visa. Find out what document you need to travel, visit family and friends, do business, or transit through Canada.

Parks Canada.

Check out unique experiences from coast to coast to coast. Hiking, biking, wildlife watching and more. Visitor guidelines / Parks Canada APP.

Discover what makes the Yukon unlike any other place in the world, capturing the hearts and imagination of travellers from around the world.

National parks: Check out unique experiences from coast to coast to coast. Hiking, biking, wildlife watching and more. Visitor guidelines / Parks Canada APP.

Best Backpacking Trails in Canada (

Camping and accommodations at Parks Canada (

Camping-Canada.Com, your Canadian campgrounds directory featuring a search engine by location and camping preferences.

Parks Canada Reservations ( makes it easy for campers to book their favourite campsites online! Pick a site, reserve your spot, and go camping!

Fishing & Hunting

Fisheries: Licences, permits and funding programs related to fishing, aquaculture and marine mammal harvest.

AlbertaRELM: AlbertaRELM is the online licensing system for hunting and fishing in Alberta. is a community-driven website that offers forums, articles, and resources related to hunting in British Columbia.

Quebec Outfitters Federation represents outfitters in Quebec, offering a directory of hunting and fishing outfitters in the province.