Banff Canada Facts

Banff Canada Facts
Banff Canada Facts
Banff is much more than the national park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains which bears that name. The town itself, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a good stopping place for supplies before continuing on to Banff National Park.

The town of Banff may not have existed had it not been for Cave and Basin hot springs and the discovery of these springs by Canadian Pacific Railway workers in 1883. In 1887, Rocky Mountains Park, the predecessor to Banff National Park, was formed.

Time Considerations

July and August are the busiest tourism months of the year and visitors must have a plan in place as to where they will stay. Reservations are suggested.


Banff Town lies in the Bow River Valley. The Bow River flows through the town which is sandwiched between two mountains. Mount Rundle lies to the south and Mount Cascade to the north.

Special Activities

A gondola car ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, dogsledding, ice or rock climbing, whitewater rafting and snowshoeing are some of the activities the visitor can find in the Banff area.

Fun Fact

The name Banff was taken from Banffshire in Scotland where two of the founding leaders of the Canadian Pacific Railway were born.

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