Banff Railway Station on the Rocky Mountaineer

Rocky Mountaineer Departure City Banff, Alberta

Banff Railway Station

Banff railway station in Banff, Alberta, Canada, is a railway station used by the Rocky Mountaineer and the Royal Canadian Pacific train service. The station is located on Canadian Pacific line.

The station was originally built for the Canadian Pacific Railway. The station was declared a heritage railway station by the federal government in 1991.

Address of the Banff Railway Station: 

Banff Railway Station
Railway Avenue,

DMS Coordinates: 51°10'55?N 115°34'33? 
W Coordinates: 51°10'55?N 115°34'33?W
Decimal: 51.181944, -115.575833    
Geo URI    geo:51.181944,-115.575833
UTM    11U 599540 5671022

History of Banff Railway Station

Previous Names of Railway Companies using this Station:    

Canadian Pacific Railway
Via Rail

Railway Services from Banff Railway Station:

Things to do in Banff, Alberta when you get off the Rocky Mountineeer

Welcome to Banff!

Set in the heart of Banff National Park and snugly embraced by Alberta's Rocky Mountains, the little town of Banff boasts a big, worldwide reputation. Its charming streets are abuzz year round due to an annual influx of millions of visitors, and this famous mountain resort town caters accordingly with world-class shopping, dining and an array of accommodation, from cabins and campgrounds to bed and breakfasts and Banff hotels and motels.

At first sight it's apparent why the world is in love with Banff. From the ever-watchful Cascade Mountain to the picturesque Bow River, the community is blessed with a spectacular natural setting, woven with parks, woods and trails. Winter turns the area into a snow sport enthusiast's dream; the Sunshine Village Ski Resort and Norquay attract a global deluge of skiers and snowboarders, while cross-country skiers, snowshoers and ice climbers explore numerous local trails. Banff is an ideal base for hiking and wildlife viewing excursions into surrounding park areas during summer and provides a popular weekend retreat with excellent restaurants, golf courses, day spas and the Banff Upper Hot Springs.

Located only 144 km (90 mi) from Calgary and close to Kananaskis Country, Canmore and Lake Louise, Banff is a convenient and much-loved mountain paradise.

Banff Attractions

Things to do and see in Banff

Upper Hot Springs

Check out some of the popular attractions in Banff, from the gondola to lake cruises and more.
  • Sulphur Mountain Gondola
  • Upper Hot Springs
  • Cave and Basin National Historic Site
  • Art Galleries and Museums
  • Lake Minnewanka Boat Cruise

Banff Arts and Culture

For generations, the inspirational landscape of Banff has intrigued artists and helped turn Banff into a thriving arts and culture centre. Banff is home to cultural gems such as the Banff Centre and the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, as well as multiple private art galleries and live music venues. Visit Banff Lake Louise Tourism for a complete listing.
The Town Hall Art Gallery showcases work by local artists and was created by the Banff Community Art Committee.

Buskers are a common sight in Banff during the summer months. The Town of Banff welcomes buskers, but each must obtain a busking permit from Town Hall. Call 403.762.1218 for details.

Banff Public Art 

The Banff Community Art Committee develops public art funding and oversees the selection and installation of public art that animates the streets and public areas of Banff.

Summer Activities in Banff

Summer is a wonderful time to enjoy the Rocky Mountains. Banff enjoys extended daylight hours, warm summer days and cool evenings June through September.

Enjoy these Outdoor Summer Activities:
Banff Camping

Rough it in the backcountry away from civilization or set up a tent close to amenities near the Town of Banff. Either way, camping is a wonderful way to experience the Canadian Rockies and get in tune with nature. Find out where and when to camp in Banff National Park.

Banff Canoeing

Rent a canoe or bring your own to Banff and paddle on our glacier-fed waters. You can get some incredible views from a canoe in some popular spots, like the Bow River or Vermilion Lakes.

Banff Cycling

Road bike, mountain bike, townie… we’ve got terrain for it all. Whether you want to see Banff from the spectacular Legacy Trail or if you want a ride through the forest along the Spray River – or even a leisurely ride on a paved trail – bring your bike to Banff or rent one while you’re here. 

Banff Fishing

You don’t have to trek into the mountains for good fishing – but it’s kind of fun to do it. Cast your line in fresh water from the shore or book a guided trip on Lake Minnewanka where local trout anglers can show you the best spots. 

Banff Golfing

Love golf? Then a visit to Banff isn’t complete without a stop at the Banff Springs Golf Course. It’s the only course in Banff and was designed in 1928 by the famed Stanley Thompson. 

Banff Gondola

Take a ride on the Banff Gondola and explore the top of Sulphur Mountain or check out any one of these popular attractions in Banff. 

Banff Hiking

A trip to Banff wouldn't be complete without going on a hike in the mountains. In Banff, you can climb to the top of a mountain that looms over town, or you can enjoy a an easy stole through the forest.

Banff Kayaking

Banff offers a variety of kayaking experiences for all skill levels. The calm waters of Johnson Lake are perfect for the beginner, or you can find Class V+ rapids if you’re an experienced paddler. There kayak rentals available in town.

Banff Skateboarding

Banff has a skateboard park at the Recreation Grounds with a new mini ramp built by local skaters. 

Banff Swimming

Our waters are pretty cold, but in the summer they can warm up enough for a swim. There are a few popular spots to take a dip, but if you’re more interested in swimming indoors, The Banff Centre offers public swimming.

Banff Tennis

The Town of Banff’s two tennis courts have been recently renovated and are available for use for free. Bring your rackets to the Banff Recreation Grounds to hit a few balls around the court.

Banff Walking Trails

Looking for an easy walk around town? These trails are perfect for a quick stroll around Banff. Many are easily accessible from the town and don’t take too long.

Winter Activities in Banff

Banff is a great place to enjoy just about any winter outdoor activity you can imagine. We enjoy a relatively long winter recreation season, and although temperatures are often below freezing, we have regular warming trends called chinooks that relieve the cold and bring more snow.

Enjoy these amazing winter activities in Banff:

Banff Skiing and Snowboarding

This is one of the main reasons people flock to Banff in the winter. Banff National Park boasts three ski hills all within driving distance from the Town of Banff. Depending on the weather, you can ski in Banff from November until May.

Banff Ice Skating

From public skating at the state-of-the-art Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre to man-made outdoor rinks and frozen lakes, Banff is a skating paradise. Enjoy a leisurely skate or grab some friends for a game of hockey.

Banff Cross Country Skiing

What better way for a bit of exploration and exercise is there than cross-country skiing? Banff National Park has plenty of trails ideally suited to the sport, and many trails are trackset so you know you won’t have to struggle to break trail. Cross-country skiing also lets you experience the great outdoors in some spectacular scenery.

Banff Sledding and Tobogganing

Grab your sled or toboggan and head to the hill. No, it’s not just for kids (at least not in Banff). This is a fun way to enjoy the snow as a family if you’re not skiing or snowboarding. Bring your sled or rent one in town and prepare for a thrilling ride.

Banff Snowshoeing

Want to experience Banff’s famous hikes but you’re visiting in the winter? Don’t worry. Just step into a pair of snowshoes and the landscape is yours to explore. Deep snow is no match for snowshoes, and you’ll be able to see how different the area looks in the winter. 

Banff Curling

Curling is a favourite sport in Banff in the winter. If you’re only coming for a visit, there are opportunities to book curling time at the Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre.

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