The Banff Facts: Everything you need to know

  • Founded: 1885
  • Located: In the Canadian Rockies, the province of Alberta and in Canada’s first National Park
  • Best Points: Incredible mountain scenery, fresh air, protected wildlife, wide range of hotels, excellent restaurants, world class hiking and skiing
  • Elevation: 4000ft or 1400m
  • Main Season: Summer, visitors can reach over 20,000 per day
  • Banff Locals favorite eating spots: Wildflour bakery, The Sushi Train, Banff Brew Pub and Bear St. Tavern
  • Population: Approx. 8400 permanent residents and 1000 non-permanent
  • Land area: 4.85 square km – a tight boundary with no sprawl into the surrounding National Park
  • Medical services: Up-to date hospital facilities and several walk-in medical clinics and pharmacies
  • Wildlife: All wildlife is ‘wild’. It is illegal to feed or interact with any wildlife, dump garbage or pick wildflowers/plants
  • Park Pass: All visitors and their vehicles require a park pass to enter Banff. Prices range from approx. $10 for a day to $136.00 for a yearly family pass. Note: free entry for 2017. See details here
  • Banff’s Top Must Attractions: Sulphur Mt. Gondola, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff Park Museum, LEGACY Bike and walk trail, Concerts at the Banff Centre, swim at the Banff Hot Springs, hike Johnston Canyon, Dinner at Chucks Steak House
  • Best Picnic Spots: Central Park (in Town), Vermilion Lakes boat dock (bring a chair or blanket)
  • Community Calendar: Check here before you arrive
  • Road Report: Check here before you drive into Banff and on any mountain roads

Banff Annual Weather with Average Temperatures and Precipitation

Banff’s seasonal temperatures – July is the hottest month in Banff with an average high temperature of 21°C (71°F). The average lowest temperature in Banff is in January at -15°C (5°F).
Hours of sunshine in Banff ranges from the most daily sun/daylight hours in July at 16.5 hrs and the least sun/daylight hours in January at 8.1 hrs.
The average rainfall in Banff: the wettest month is June with an average of 60mm of rain. The next rainiest months are May and August with 50mm each, followed by July and September with with 40mm. The average rainfall in Banff for the rest of the year; October through to April averages around the 20mm mark.