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History and Heritage
Bow River BridgeBanff has a rich and vibrant cultural and natural history, recognized globally by the United Nations, which designated the area of the Canadian Rockies as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

Explore our Heritage
  • Banff's Architectural Styles have changed over the years, but maintain a common theme that contributes to our unique character. 
  • Building on Tradition shows time-lapse photos of Banff's landmark over two different time periods.
  • Landmarks & Legends celebrates some of Banff’s landmark buildings and locations, as well as the legendary individuals that are part of our rich history. 
  • Walking Through Banff's History is an excellent way to experience the roots of Banff's unique community character. Download a map or try an interactive tour.

Heritage Planning
  • Current Heritage Applications will be listed online while they're under review.
  • Designated Heritage Resources shows formally recognized and legally protected heritage resources of local significance.
  • Financial Incentives are used to encourage the retention and restoration of heritage resources. There are two types of incentives available to resource owners: Conservation Incentives and Financial Incentives. 
  • Banff Heritage Corporation works toward the the protection, preservation, enhancement and promotion of Banff’s built heritage. Meetings are open to the public.
  • Banff Heritage Resource Policy (PDF) provides a framework for identification, protection, preservation, commemoration and education activities related to heritage resources in Banff. 


Planning & Development