About the town of Banff and Banff National Park
The town of Banff is a spirited place, alive with adventure and wonder. In all directions you are surrounded by strikingly beautiful and rugged mountains. The lively streets of downtown are lined with top class restaurants, bars, and shops, as well as a vibrant range of art galleries and museums. The town of Banff offers you endless options for rejuvenation and exploration every day.
Banff National Park is one of the seven parks that form the Canadian Mountain Paks which was designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Banff National Park is famous for its surreally coloured lakes, majestic mountains and endless outdoor adventures. Canada’s first national park and the world’s third, it has a rich heritage as one of the world’s most awe-inspiring mountain destinations.
What makes Banff National Park so special is its easy access and close proximity to the vast unspoiled wilderness of the Canadian Rockies. The park spans 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) of mountainous terrain, packed with spectacularly scenic valleys, peaks, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers.
What to see and do in Banff
The list of things to do in Banff is amazingly diverse. No matter the season, there is a wide range of activities for people of all ages, abilities and interests. Make sure to bring appropriate gear. Depending on the weather, hike the 4.3 kilometre (2.6 mile) trail up Tunnel Mountain to get a loftier perspective of the town and valley; or learn more about the history and culture of the area.
Browse the Banff & Lake Louise Tourism website to explore more information on what you can do in Banff and the surrounding area.
Getting to Banff
The closest airport to Banff is Calgary International Airport. From the airport, it is a scenic 90 minute (140 kilometres) drive to Banff. There are regular shuttle bus connections from the airport to Banff (details below) or you could rent a car from the airport.
Banff Airporter offers the most extensive shuttle service between Calgary International Airport and Banff, starting as early as 5am from Banff and departing as late as 10:30pm from Calgary International Airport. Regular adult rates are $60.50 one way and $121 return excluding GST.
CAPhO has arranged for a 15% discount for Conference attendees.
To make your shuttle reservations, visit www.banffairporter.com and proceed through the online booking system. Type "CAPhO" in the Promo Code section on the payment page to receive the 15% discount. Alternatively, book your shuttle transportation by calling Banff Airporter at 1(888)-449-2901 and mention you are attending the CAPhO conference to receive the discount.
The Rocky Mountaineer has regularly scheduled train services that stop in Banff. For more information, visit the Rocky Mountaineer’s website.
Please refer to the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel website for information on driving directions to Banff and parking at the hotel.
Parking is $25 per night with unlimited access. You will need to purchase and display a Parks Canada Pass on your vehicle.