The Banff National Park located in Alberta in Canada. The park is spread on the vast stretch of around 1.64 Million Acres. Established in the year 1885, the park is the first National Park in Canada. The credit goes to the three railway workers who spotted the natural hot spring in the Canadian Rocky Mountains in the year 1883, which was then developed as a national park.
Banff is now among UNESCO’s world heritage site, the Canadian Rocky Mountain World Heritage Site. The park is located in the Canadian rocky terrains, and consists of picturesque mountains. The stone formation ages back to almost 45 to 120 million years old. The highest peak in the park scales to 11850 feet. This peak is Mount Forbes.
How to reach:
Banff National Park Canada is in Alberta, located 80 miles west of Calgary, There is an international airport in Calgary, which is used by a number of international carriers besides the national carrier with a number of flights operating daily, and the visitors or the international tourists can land at Calgary for visit to Banff National Park. From the airport the visitors can reach the Park through rented car, which are available or the Trans-Canada 1 west line. There is also a direct bus service from the airport or the city of Calgary at the Park.
Banff is the highest town in Canada which is in the midst of the National Park; the town is at a height of 4540 feet above, whereas the highest settlement in Canada is at a height of 5052 feet at Lake Louise. This is the highest permanent settlement in the nation.
The Banff National Park has numerous attractions for the visitors, there are the Castleguard Caves the largest caves in the nation, the Park has plenty of glaciers and the subsequently formed lakes. There are a number of lakes in the Park such as the Lake Louise, Peyto Lake, Moraine Lake and the Bow Lake. The Park also hosts a golf course of 27 holes for the lovers of the game.
The Park also consists of a number of eateries to serve the visitors; there are hotels and restaurants to quench the foodies. There are also retail shops as shopping is an inevitable part of travelers and the visitors.
In the year 2010, the Park celebrated its 125th anniversary, glorifying some of the best ecosystems which were not spoiled in the course of time and the change. The main aspect of the celebration was the Banff Legacy Trail, a non-motorable track for walking, cycling, and skating. This is a 16 miles trail running parallel to the Trans-Canada 1, and has an abundance of beautiful scenic views across the trail.
Though summer is the preferred time for the hiking, cycling, photography and the other activities, the Park is open throughout the year. The Banff National Park offers thrill and adventure along with fun and frolic. There is a stunning wildlife viewing and sightseeing, plenty of shopping opportunities and culinary delicacies for the dining option.
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To get maximum fun in the vacation in the Park, it would be advisable that the visitors plan to spend a day in Banff town as well and rest of the time in the mountains and nature.