Banff National Park
Banff National Park is located 120 - 200 km west of Calgary, and includes the town of Banff, Alberta. Banff National Park covers 6,641 km² and contains over 1,600 kilometers of accessible roads.
Banff is Canada's first national park, created when the Rocky Mountain Park Act came into effect on June 23, 1887. Banff is named after a Canadian Pacific Railway station, which is believed to be named after the nearby town of Banffshire, Scotland. The Canadian Pacific Railway, interested in attracting tourists, built the magnificent Banff Springs Hotel and Castle on Lake Lewis.
Banff and Cortina D'Ampezzo in Italy were candidates to host the 1972 Winter Olympics and lost to Sapporo in Japan.
The attractions of the National Park include, among other things, mineral hot springs, mountainous landscapes, the possibility of camping, hiking, walking, golfing, horseback riding, alpine and Nordic skiing, as well as Lake Lewis. Some of the most attractive places to visit are Lake Minnewanka, Mount Rundle, Vermilion Lakes, Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks (famous for its turquoise blue waters), Bow Lake and Peyto Lake.
Information for tourists
A permit to park in the park is required and a tourist ticket is common during the summer months, especially at Lake Lewis and for the start of the Icefields Parkway. Permits are not required to drive through the National Park without stopping. The Trans-Canada Highway passes through the park. Destruction of nature and animals due to traffic is a big problem, so the road is fenced and overpasses and animal crossings are built.
National Parks of Canada
"Parks Canada" official website
Bivouac.com - Banff National Park
History of Banff
Pictures of Banff National Park
Pictures of Banff - Terra Galleria