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The location of Banff









Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Banff.

This page contains two sections:

How Far From Banff to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a town such as Banff to various places of note, such as Parliament Hill.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Banff and extending to:

  • Edmonton [Map], which is the Provincial Capital of Alberta, lies 186 miles [299.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE). If you could drive a straight line from Banff to Edmonton, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take a little over three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 11 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 8 days.
  • The National Capital at Parliament Hill (Ottawa, ON [Map]) is 1,849 miles [2,975.7 km] to the East (E). Driving would take most of three days, a buggy would take 73 days and walking would take 105 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,432 miles [10,351.3 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,198 miles [11,584.1 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,285 miles [8,505.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Banff ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Anthracite (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast of Banff   [Map]

Castle Mountain   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Dead Man's Flats   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Eisenhower Junction   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Georgetown (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Ghost Lake   -   34 miles [54.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Hector (BC)   -   37 miles [59.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Lake Louise   -   32 miles [51.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alberta

About Alberta

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Banff: www.banff.ca/

The official website for Province of Alberta: https://www.alberta.ca/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions 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 for our own planning, 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 we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 51.1667, Longitude: -115.5667     [Map].

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Banff to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 335.46 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 336.426 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 322.922 degrees.

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