Here are some basic facts about Banff:
Banff has has about 10,000 residents, and only recently became its own incorporated municipality (the first inside a National Park). Banff receives about 6 million vistors each year!
Banff is located in Alberta, about 100 kilometres west of Calgary, and nestled just inside the Rocky Mountain. The National Park around the town covers and area of 6, 641 square kilometres (2, 564 square miles). The town is at 51°10' north latitude, 115°33' west longitude. We are in Mountain standard time, two hours earlier than Toronto and New York, and 8 hours earlier than western Europe.
Banff is named for a town of the same name in Scotland, home country to most of Canada's
early explorers and particulararly the railway builders.
Tourism drives Banff's economy. The 3.5 million annual visitors to Banff National Park [879, 000 of them alpine skiers] spend almost $290 million every year. Other than servicing the permanent residents of Banff, there is no other industry, since no other industry is allowed in the National Park.
Daytime and nighttime temperatures can differ widely, because of the Canadian Rockies's dry air (there is little atmospheric moisture to slow temperature swings) and its mountain elevation.
Hours of High Low Month Sunshine C F C F January 57 -5.3 23 -14.9 5 February 99 -0.1 32 -11.3 13 March 131 3.8 40 -7.9 18 April 155 9.0 49 -2.8 27 May 197 14.2 57 1.5 34 June 197 18.7 66 5.4 42 July 259 22.1 71 7.4 45 August 211 21.6 70 6.8 44 September 167 16.1 60 2.7 38 October 126 10.1 50 -1.1 31 November 81 0.5 32 -8.2 18 December 44 -5.3 23 -13.8 7
An approximate guide to Celsius Temperatures is as follows:
Alberta has significant variations in temperature between seasons and between locales. South-eastern Alberta has some very hot, dry summer days has the most hours of sunshine of any province. Because of the dry climate, temperatures rise quickly in the day, and fall quickly at night; temperatures can range as much as 20C (45F) on any given day. In central and northern Alberta (from Red Deer north), rainfall is slightly more frequent during spring and summer, and temperatures are more consistent over a day. The mountains are usually warm in mid-summer, spring and fall, yet cool at night. Winter temperatures are milder in southern Alberta than most people expect, often with the highest temperatures in Canada.
Some hotels include tips or gratuities with group programs to simplify bookkeeping. This will usually include gratuities for housekeeping, bell service and food service. In a hotel, bell service should be tipped about $1 per bag, and housekeeping $1 to $5 dollars a day (in proportion to your room rate). Visitors should know that the standard tip in restaurants is 10%-15% (on restaurant bills, an average tip will be 150% of the GST), with 20% (double the GST) for very outstanding service. This is especially important for visitors from countries where tipping on meals is not done: here the waitering staff depend on tips for a significant portion of their incomes. Tip taxis about 10%, and a dollar a bag they carry for you (not just unload), or at the very least round fares up to the nearest dollar.