On the warm and fuzzier side the park is home to many Squirrels and Marmots. The occasional Porcupine and Beaver may also be found. July is the warmest month, with an average temperature of 22C. There is rarely snow at highway level in the summer, but the mountain tops will be snow covered year round. In winter the average temperature drops drastically. January is the coldest month with an average of 15C. Snow will be found at any elevation in the winter, and harsh winter conditions can be expected anywhere at any time. No matter the season, it is important to consider that the temperature will drop 1C for every 200m of elevation gained.

There are three different airport shuttle providers from the Airport to Banff and Lake Louise.

Greyhound[3] and Brewster[4] provide regular scheduled coaches that serve Banff and Lake Louise, departing from and points in British Columbia. Another option is to book one of the many guided bus tours that visit the park. Most of these will depart from or Vancouver.

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The closest International Airport is in . Banff does have an airstrip, but there is no commercial service. An expensive charter flight will be required to land right in the park. Vancouver International Airport is an approximate 12 hour drive to the west. Springbank Airport (west of , towards Banff) is nearly 80 km from Banff. If you are driving straight through the pass is not required. Day passes and annual passes are available.

Flora and fauna[edit]

Banff Information Centre, 224 Banff Av. Hours: Winter (Jan 1 to May 17) 9AM 5PM; Spring (May 18 to June 20) 9AM 7PM; Summer (June 21 to Sept 3) 8AM 8PM; Fall (Sept 4 to 19) 9AM 7PM; Winter (Sept 20 to May 16, 2008) 9AM 5PM. Closed December 25. Hours: Winter (January 1 to April 29) 9AM 4PM; Spring (April 30 to June 21) 9AM 5PM; Summer (June 22 to Sept 8) 9AM 8PM; Fall (Sept 9 to Sept 15) 9AM 7PM; Fall (Sept 16 to Sept 22) 9AM 5PM; Winter (Sept 23 to April 30, 2008) 9AM 4PM. Closed Dec. Anthony Henday was the first non native to see the Canadian Rockies in 1754. The park itself was first 'discovered' by the workers building the transcontinental railway in 1882. At first the park was centered around the Cave and Basin Hot Springs, and was officially born in 1885. The first Banff Springs Hotel was built a mere three years later, the current incarnation was built in 1928. The first highway through the park was completed in 1923. The most dominant feature is of course the mountains, of which vistas are present from anywhere in any direction.

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Rocky Mountaineer Vacations, [8] provides independent year round vacation packages to the most unique and scenic regions of Canada, including travel on the world acclaimed Rocky Mountaineer rail journey.

Brewster Airport Resort Connector[6] offers shuttle service from both the Airports, schedule varies with season. Day rail tours depart from Banff connecting to Vancouver.

Banff National Park is Canada's first national park, and gave birth to the National Park system. At 6,641 square Men Canada Goose Freestyle Vest Graphite Outlet Ireland kilometres it is also one of the largest in Canada, if not the world. The park sees visits well into the millions annually.

The most common wildlife seen in the park are Bighorn Sheep, Deer, Elk, and Caribou. More elusive are the Moose, which are on a decline in population, and Mountain Goats, which are virtually undetectable on the mountainsides without a good pair of binoculars. Although sightings are rare, it is important to keep in mind the park is also home to Black and Grizzly Bears, Wolves, Coyotes, and Mountain Lions (Cougars).

By air[edit]

Highway 1 (Trans Canada) bisects the park east/west. Banff is about an hour and a half from Alberta and the same from Golden British Columbia. Other ways to enter the park by automobile include the Icefields Parkway from Jasper, Highway 11 from Rocky Mountain House and Red Deer Alberta, and Highway 93 from Radium Hot Springs and Cranbrook British Columbia.

By car[edit]

By bus[edit]

Banff Airporter Inc.[5] offers 10 shuttles daily or private charter shuttles if needed.

Between Mid April and Mid October, the two day, all daylight Rocky Mountaineer travels between Vancouver or Whistler, British Columbia and the Rocky Mountain destinations of Jasper, Banff or Alberta. Guests relax in Redleaf or Goldleaf Service, enjoying onboard commentary and bi regional cuisine as the awe inspiring scenery passes by at a leisurely pace. For selected departure date in December, the festive Rocky Mountaineer travels through a winter wonderland where the mountain valleys are covered in a blanket of snow.