Banff National Park in Alberta is the birthplace of Canada’s National Park system. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, and gateway to Lake Louise and Jasper National Park, the town of Banff holds endless wonders for discovery. In all directions you’re surrounded by strikingly beautiful and rugged mountains. You might see a herd of deer wandering down the main street during your early morning jog. 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. For information on what to see and do, visit the Town of Banff's website.
The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
Founded in 1933, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organization built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. As a unique creative and learning experience, the Banff Centre curates innovative programs that develop artists and leaders, inspiring them to conceive and create powerful works and ideas that are shared with the world. The Banff Centre is a catalyst for knowledge and creativity through the power of its unique environment and facilities in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, its rich learning opportunities, cross-disciplinary and cross- sectoral interactions, outreach activities, and performances for the public.
Directions to the Banff Centre
The nearest airport to Banff is the Calgary International Airport.
Shuttles operate between the airport and Banff. To book a direct shuttle, visit the Banff Airporter's website.
The drive from the Calgary International Airport to Banff takes approximately 90 minutes.
- Depart from airport and take Deerfoot Trail (Highway 2 North)
- Take the exit for Stoney Trail NW heading West, approximately 4 km after arriving on Deerfoot Trail. Signs should indicate it heads towards Banff and Highway 1.
- 23 km later you will have circumvented the city centre, take the exit for Trans-Canada Highway 1 West (Banff).
- Continue West approximately 90 km on the Trans-Canada Highway 1. This will eventually take you through the park gates.
- Once through the park gates, continue approximately 10 km and take the first exit into the town of Banff.
- Make a left-hand turn at the base of this exit ramp. Follow this road (Banff Avenue) into the town of Banff. Continue on Banff Avenue.
- At Buffalo Street, turn left and follow Buffalo Street up hill. After the sharp corner you'll see the entrance to The Banff Centre (and St. Julien Road) to your left. The reception is just a hundred metres to your right.
Parking at the Banff Centre
There is parking available on site at The Banff Centre. There is a two-level parkade as well as a lot located next to the Professional Development Centre, close to the Front Desk and Reception. Parking is complimentary for Banff Centre guests (overnight guests will receive a pass to be placed on the dash of your car upon check-in). Parking areas are patrolled on a regular basis by on-site security. As thefts can occur, we suggest that all valuables be removed from view in the car.