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Banff N.P.
Travel Planning
Banff N.P.

Banff National Park at a Glance

Banff National Park was Canada's first park and protects mountain slopes, hot springs and deep blue glacial lakes. Visitors can chose to travel deep into the back country or stay in the town of Banff. Where ever you chose to travel, spectacular views await. 

Lake Louise is one of Banff National Park's most impressive places to visit. This easily accessible lake is a shade blue that sometimes matches the color of the sky. Mountains are reflected in its glassy surface and there are plenty of scenic overlooks to enjoy the view. Rent a canoe or a kayak to get out on the lake, otherwise explore its shores and check out the little village at its edge. 

For those seeking solitude, the mountains await. Pick your trail and travel along snowy ridges. Wade through fields of spring flowers, or trek across an ice floe. During the winter ice climb, ski, skate and snowshoe. Banff National Park is yours to explore just as the earliest Canadians did. 

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High Season
May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      • Major Airport Calgary International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American citizens and permanent residents must now have a valid U.S passport or U.S green card to enter Canada. Visitors from other countries may need a tourist visa and can determine their specific requirements by using the website of the Canadian government.  All visitors must be able to convince immigration officials that they have enough money for their trip, that they are healthy, and that they have ties in their home country that will draw them home again at the end of their visit. American citizens can learn more information on world-wide travel at the U.S State Department's website.

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather The Canadian Rockies have cold winter temperatures and frequent snowfall. Lookout for road closures. Weather varies by elevation, so dress in layers and be prepared for fluctuating conditions.

      Safety Hazards Crime rates vary, but in general, they are quite low. Visitors should spend more time learning about the dangers of the outdoors where they will be traveling. Proper bear training, first-aid skills and injury avoidance techniques are important for people traveling in the back country.

      Health Hazards Mosquitoes, sunburn and heat exhaustion can plague summer travelers, but hypothermia can also be an issue winter or summer. Keep a dry set of clothes, regulate your body temperature and drink enough water.