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Banff, Alberta

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Welcome to Banff ...

When the people of Banff refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Banffite<1>

From the 2006 Statistics Canada (StatCan) census, Banff had a population of 6,700 people.<2>

The town of Banff was founded in 1885.

Banff is 4,590 feet [1,399 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the altitude of Banff is about ¾ mile [or ~1½ km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Banff lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time. The time zone in French: MST- Heure Normale des Rocheuses (HNR), MDT- Heure Avancée des Rocheuses (HAR).

Area codes for Banff: (403) and (587)<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2006 StatCan census, Banff had a population of 6,700 people.

The population of Banff represents 0.2% of the total population of Alberta (which had 3,290,350 people at that time), making it Alberta's 38th most populous community.

With a 2006 count of 6,700 people, the population of Banff decreased 6.1% from the 2001 StatCan census (with a count of 7,135 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Banff.

Communities near Banff ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance from Banff and not the distance if you drove.<5>.

Community   2006
Bankhead - Historic   [Map]   ---   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
Canmore   [Map]   12,039   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
Dead Man's Flats   [Map]   ---   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
Exshaw   [Map]   ---   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
Georgetown - Historic   [Map]   ---   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
Harvie Heights   [Map]   ---   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities, please visit the Nearby Page for Banff.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Banff. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Banff:

Websites for Banff ...

Official Website:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Banff ...

Looking for more information about Banff? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Banff, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Banff.

Search for Local Businesses ...

People have found Google's 'Search-by-Location' to be a useful tool when planning visits to this area. We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities that are in (or close to) Banff. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

LodgingGas StationsBanks
Bed & BreakfastTruck StopsATMs
RestaurantsAuto RepairReal Estate
 RV RepairRentals
PharmacyAuto PartsChurches
 RV PartsCemeteries
AttractionsMotorcycle Parts 
 DentistsPost Offices
Auto RentalChiropractors 
Auto LeasingVeterinarians 

Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Banff:

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Footnotes ...

<1>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Banff refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a town's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Banff may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.

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<2>Unless noted otherwise, the population counts we use should be considered estimates. Our population values for Banff were taken from various sources and although they can be traced back to Statistics Canada (StatCan), they should not be considered official.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Banff - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>Area code (587) is an overlay for area code (403). For more about area code overlays, please see our Glossary for Banff.

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance from Banff. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Banff) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Banff. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Banff

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Banff. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 51.1667, Longitude: -115.5667     [Map].

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Banff.