About Banff National Park

About Banff National Park
Banff National Park is Canada's first national park and is one of the world's great destinations for outdoor activities. Banff National Park offers a unique assortment of sightseeing and leisure activities.


Banff National Park is nestled in Canada's Rocky Mountains in the province of Alberta. The park covers 2,564 square miles of mountains, valleys, glaciers, meadows, forests and rivers.


Banff National Park is open year-round. Summers are mild with July being the warmest month at an average temperature of 72 degrees F. Winters bring snow and an average temperature of 5 degrees F. in January.


Banff National Park offers its visitors an array of activities in all seasons. Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, boating, fishing, bird watching and downhill and cross-country skiing are examples of what you can do in the park.


Camping in Banff National Park is available with reservations. Other accommodations are available in Banff town and nearby Lake Louise.

Getting There and Transportation

The closest airport is in Calgary, 80 miles east of the park. Bus and taxi services are available from the airport to Banff and Lake Louise. You can also rent a car at the airport. If you choose to drive to Banff National Park, several highways will get you there.


As of 2009, the cost to enter Banff National Park was 19.60 Canadian dollars per vehicle.

Article Written By Candi Lemon

Candi Lemon has a passion for reading and writing. She combines her love for traveling, food and the outdoors in her personal blog and for Demand Studios. Her articles appear on eHow and Trails. Lemon holds a Bachelor of Science in medical technology from the University of Michigan.

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