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Town of Banff

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The Town of Banff is located inside Banff National Park, Canada’s first and the world's third national park, established in 1885. The park itself is 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles); 96 percent of the park is wilderness.

The Banff townsite covers 3.93 square kilometres (2.5 square miles) and has an elevation of 1,383 metres (4,537 feet) making it the highest town in Canada. Banff's townsite boundaries are fixed by federal law. The municipality may not expand its land base.

Banff National Park is one of four adjacent national parks designated as the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site. Banff National National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.