Banff National Park is Canada's first national park, established in 1885, in the Canadian Rockies. The park, located 120 kilometres (80 miles) west of Calgary in the province of Alberta, encompasses 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 mi²) of mountainous terrain, with numerous glaciers and icefields, dense coniferous forest, and alpine landscapes. The Icefields Parkway extends from Lake Louise, connecting to Jasper National Park in the north. Provincial forests and Yoho National Park are neighbours to the west, while Kootenay National Park is located to the south, and Kananaskis Country to the southeast. The main commercial center of the park is the town of Banff, in the Bow River valley.
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Cranbrook, British Columbia
Banff National Park lies between Three Bars Ranch and Calgary, Alberta. Our guests often fly into Calgary International, rent a car and spend time in Banff National Park. The drive from Calgary Airport to the town site of Banff is an hour & half drive. Banff has an array of lodging available from the famous Banff Springs Hotel to mountain Chalets, there are accommodations for all budgets. Driving from the town site of Banff to the ranch is 3 hours, most of which is within Banff, Yoho & Koootenay Park. Your return trip to the airport you can take what we call the southern route via the Cowboy trail. Either trip is 4 hours from the city limits of Calgary to the ranch.