The Town of Banff
The town of Banff is located Banff National Park in the heart of Canada’s Rocky Mountains, near the border between the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia.
Best known for some of the top ski resorts in North America and for having some of the most scenic hiking trails in Canada, Banff also boasts other major attractions such as the Banff Gondola, a 2,281 m ride up the side of a mountain, the Banff Glacier Skywalk, an outdoor walkway with a see-through floor that is 219 m above the ground, and a 6,621 square-kilometre national park centre with a full nature reserve and natural hot springs.
The town features all the amenities and luxuries that you would expect from any world-class resort: including grocery stores, shopping, cafes, and fine dining. Banff Avenue, the main strip that runs across the entire town, is lined with storefronts and restaurants and provides easy access to many side-streets.
Banff provides a visiting experience unlike any other resort town in North America.
Banff National Park
Banff National Park, Canada’s oldest national park, was established in 1885. It covers more than 6,600 square kilometres of mixed terrain including mountains, glaciers, icefields, alpine landscapes, and dense wooded areas. The park remains one of world’s most visited national parks and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
From September 13 to 16, Banff weather ranges from an average high of 160 C to an average low of 30 C. Due to its high elevation in the Rocky Mountains, Banff is subject to a wide range of weather. It is possible to experience rain, snow, sunshine and warm temperatures all in one day!
Wildlife is common and plentiful in the Canadian Rockies. Animals as small as squirrels and chipmunks to as large as moose and grizzly bears are often spotted throughout the national park and even in the town. Other wildlife in the region includes wolves, wolverines, beavers, lynx, cougars, elk, deer, mountain goats, and bighorn sheep.
Though the wildlife is common throughout the region and is a draw for many tourists, ISBAB delegates are reminded that they are wild animals and can be dangerous if approached. Photos are always welcome but you are strongly encouraged not to approach, feed or interact with the animals. Please maintain a safe distance from wildlife.