Banff Information


Banff (bãmf, bãnf)

Approximately 7,500 people

Calgary (YYC) (website: is 20km (12.5 miles) from the city. To/from the airport: A bus service to the city operates every 30 minutes (journey time – 20 minutes). Regular transfer buses also operate to Banff (journey time – about two hours) and Lake Louise (journey time – three hours).

Edmonton (YEG) (website: Edmonton International) is 28km (17 miles) from the city. To/from the airport: A shuttle bus service to downtown operates every 20 minutes (journey time – 40 minutes).

Air Travel:
From Edmonton/Calgary to London is 8 hours 30 minutes, to Los Angeles is three hours and to New York is five hours.

Major airlines operating regular flights to Calgary include Air Canada, Westjet, American Airlines, United Airlines, Continental Airlines, and Northwest Airlines

Car Travel:
Getting to Banff is reasonably easy given it’s less than 2 hrs by car from a major urban center, Calgary.

Calgary AB130 km
Canmore AB25 km
Corner Brook NF5923 km
Edmonton AB400 km
Dawson Creek YT990 km
Golden BC134 km
Halifax NS5125 km
Hay River YT1456 km
Hope BC697 km
Jasper AB290 km
Lake Louise AB60 km
Lethbridge AB42 km
Montreal PQ875 km
New York USA4450 km
Ottawa ON965 km
Port-aux-Basques NF5707 km
Quebec City PQ4140 km
Regina SK896 km
Revelstoke BC282 km
Rocky Mountain House AB259 km
Saskatoon SK753 km
San Francisco USA2050 km
St.Johns NF6510 km
Toronto ON565 km
Vancouver BC850 km
Victoria BC885 km
Whitehorse YT2500 km
Winnipeg MB1455 km

The park, located 120 kilometres (80 mi) west of Calgary in the province of Alberta, encompasses 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 sq mi) of mountainous terrain, with numerous glaciers and ice fields, dense coniferous forest, and alpine landscapes.

Time Zone:
The entire province of Alberta is in the Mountain Time Zone. Daylight savings time is in effect from the first Sunday in April until the last Sunday in October.

The weather throughout the Canadian Rockies and around Banff is extremely variable due to high elevation and rugged topography.