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Banff, Alberta

Administration
Full nameBanff
Official nameTown of Banff
Settlement typeTown
CountryCanada
ProvinceAlberta
RegionAlberta's Rockies
Census division15
Founded1885
Government
MayorKaren Sorensen
Governing bodyBanff Town Council
Paul Baxter
Grant Canning
Stavros Karlos
Chip Olver
Brian Standish
Leslie Taylor
ManagerRobert Earl
MPBlake Richards
MLAJanis Tarchuk
Geography
Total Area1.9 sq mi (4.85 km2)
Elevation4537.4 ft (1383 m)
Demography
Total Population6700 (2006)
Density (pop.)1381.7/km2 (3578.6/sq mi)
DemonymBanffite
Other information
Time zoneMST (UTC−7)
- Summer (DST)MDT (UTC−6)
Postal code spanT1L
Area code+1-403

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Banff (c-eniconˈbæmf) is a town within Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. It is located in Alberta's Rockies along the Trans-Canada Highway, approximately 126 km (78.3 mi) west of Calgary and 58 km (36 mi) east of Lake Louise.

At an elevation of 1463 m (4799.9 ft), Banff is the community with the second highest elevation in Canada after Lake Louise. It is surrounded by mountains, notably Mount Rundle, Sulphur Mountain, Mount Norquay, and Cascade Mountain. The town is situated above Bow Falls near the confluence of the Bow River and Spray River.

The Town of Banff is the first municipality to incorporate within a Canadian national park. The town is a member of the Calgary Regional Partnership.

Banff is a resort town and one of Canada's most popular tourist destinations, known for its mountainous surroundings and hot springs. It is a destination for outdoor sports and features extensive hiking, biking, scrambling and skiing areas within the area. Sunshine Village, Ski Norquay and Lake Louise Mountain Resort are the three nearby ski resorts located within the national park.


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