Banff has a short but colourful human history, easily enjoyed by
visiting local museums or participating in an interpretive program.


Banff is unique in that the land was originally set aside as a park to attract passengers to the newly created rail line through the Canadian Rockies, not to protect the wilderness. For over a century, the tourism industry has been inextricably linked to the town and the surrounding wilderness. Today, there are many programs and initiatives in place to ensure the short but colourful human history of this very special town is protected.


  • Banff Park Museum
  • Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
  • Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum
  • Cave and Basin National Historic Site


  • Whyte Museum Heritage Home Tours
  • Luxton Historic Home
  • Doors Open Banff
  • Walking Through Banff’s History (self-guided tour)
  • Landmarks and Legends


  • Banff Heritage Corporation
  • Banff Heritage Awards
  • Banff Heritage Incentives
  • Banff Heritage Tourism


Lake Louise is more remote than Banff and a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts!  You will never run out of trails…summer or winter!  Lake Louise is a very close-knit community with many recreational and connecting activities available.

For the most up to date information, check out the Lake Louise Recreation Centre Facebook Page.

Lake Louise creates a community newsletter each month!

The hamlet is named for the nearby Lake Louise, which in turn was named after the Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848–1939), the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria, and the wife of John Campbell, the 9th Duke of Argyll, who was the Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883.

The hamlet was originally called Laggan, and was a station along the Canadian Pacific Railway route. It was built in 1890. The rail station building was preserved and moved into Heritage Park in Calgary.