Before You Go
BEFORE YOU GO
How to Get There
Banff National Park is within the Canadian Rocky Mountains, located 128 km (80 miles) west of Calgary via the Trans-Canada Highway (#1).
When visiting Banff National Park, you are required to pay an entry fee. The entry fee supports visitor services, programs and facilities. Park passes are available in Calgary at the Alberta Motor Association Centres throughout the city, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Camper's Village, Visitor Information Booth at the Calgary Airport, or upon arrival at the Banff Park East Gate.
Parks Canada Fee Exemptions - did you know Parks Canada provides entry fee exemptions?
What to Bring
Banff National Park has a diversity of outdoor experiences to offer. To prepare for your visit, you may want to visit one of Calgary’s outdoor sports stores to stock up on items for your day trip activities. Weather in the mountains can be unpredictable and change quickly, so plan to dress in layers so that you can adapt to varying weather conditions.
Banff National Park Visitor Centres
Make the Parks Canada Visitor Centre your first visit when arriving in Banff or Lake Louise. It’s your one stop-shop for information provided by park experts. Stock up on maps and brochures or get some ideas on the best things to see and do while in the park.