Places to Visit: Banff National Park

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Banff National Park

A great side trip from Glacier National Park, Banff National Park is a destination of choice where you enter one of the largest areas of protected wilderness in the world.

  • Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest national park
  • Only a 5 hour and 44 minute drive from Glacier
  • Fees are adults - $9.80, youths - $4.90, seniors - $8.30 and families/groups - $19.60
  • See majestic mountains, hot springs and alpine vistas
  • Winter vacations offer plenty of snow sports

Overview

Banff National Park is a must-see on your Glacier vacation. Canada’s oldest national park offers the visitor wild and untamed wilderness land covering 2,564 miles of forests, valleys, glaciers, rivers and meadows.

Seasons

All entrances to Banff National Park are open the year through, weather permitting.

Fees

Admission fees are FREE FOR 2017!!

  • Adults - $9.80
  • Youths - $4.90
  • Seniors - $8.30
  • Families/Groups - $19.60

Contact

Parks Canada National Office
25-7-N Eddy Street
Gatineau, Quebec
Canada
K1A 0M5
888-773-8888
International inquiries: 613-860-1251

Highlights

Banff National Park attracts millions of visitors annually and is a true nature lover’s paradise. Seeing the majestic mountains, the impressive hot springs and alpine vistas is only part of the attraction. The outdoor recreational opportunities are vast and inviting.

Banff is the place to experience a wealth of wildlife. Visitors will encounter grizzlies, black bears, moose, cougars, wolverines, river otters and much more. With around 280 species of birds in Banff, bird lovers find this the ideal place to spot red-tailed hawks, falcons, bald and golden eagles and American Three-toed woodpeckers.

Along the Continental Divide, there are trails that offer plenty of adventure in climbing, mountain biking and hiking. You can take short trips or try overnight or multi-day treks. It’s the ultimate way to see the park in all its glory.

Winter provides an array of sports for those who want the best in snow activities. From cross-country skiing and curling to snowshoeing and downhill skiing, you’ll find it all here.

Getting Here

From Banff, Alberta, Canada, it’s easy to get to Glacier National Park. You take Highway 1 East toward Calgary, to Highway 2 that turns into US 89. It’s a 307-mile trip or about 5 hours and 44 minutes.

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