Banff & Jasper National Parks in detail

Regions at a Glance

Which national park you visit really depends on two things: what you want to see and how much time you have to spare. The vast majority of visitors kick off their stay in Banff, thanks to its proximity to Calgary International Airport, its comprehensive facilities, plentiful restaurants and family-friendly activities, not to mention easy access to wonderful trails.

If you have a bit more time for your trip and want to immerse yourself more deeply in Canada's northern wilds, Jasper is the place to go, particularly if you’re interested in wildlife watching and backcountry hiking.