- City Guide - Banff
Banff is one of Canada's most popular tourist destinations and is known for its mountainous surroundings and hot springs. It is an excellent destination for outdoor sports and features extensive hiking, biking, scrambling and skiing areas for tourists and visitors alike.Banff is located within Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada - in Alberta's Rockies along the Trans-Canada Highway. At an elevation of 1,463m, Banff is the community with the second highest elevation in Canada after Lake Louise. The Town of Banff was the first municipality to incorporate within a Canadian national park – and is a member of the Calgary Regional Partnership.
In the 2011 Census, the Town of Banff had a population of 7,584 living in 2,565 of its 2,850 total dwellings. With a land area of 4.88 km2, it has a population density of 1,554.1/km2 in 2011. Banff's 2011 municipal census population of 8,244 comprised 7,251 permanent and 993 non-permanent residents.
Visitors to Banff will feel right at home with our local bus system – called Roam. The service is operated using four hybrid buses that operate on two separate routes. Route 1 goes to Sulphur Mountain and route 2 goes to Tunnel Mountain. The best part is that many of our bus stops along the route have screens which tell exactly you how many minutes before the next two buses arrive.
There are a number of popular mountains located immediately adjacent to the town which include; Mount Rundle, Cascade Mountain, and Mount Norquay. Sulphur Mountain, another tourist destination, features a boardwalk beginning on the upper terminal that takes visitors to Sanson Peak – and is also the location of one of Banff’s most populat tourist attractions, the Banff Upper Hot Springs.