Banff Travel Guide
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- 98%History Buffs
- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 98%Adventure Travelers
- 52%Business Travelers
- 52%Spiritual Seekers
- 51%Local Culture
- 51%Art & Design Lovers
Member Reviews (70)
- BanffOct 21, 2013
The hub of habitation right in the heart of The Canadian Rockies. The town that gave the National Park its name is a bustling hive of tourist activity. The perfect place to base yourself for mountain and increasingly small-town-urban adventures.
- BanffMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesHistory Buffs+ 1Nov 06, 2012
The town of Banff is located in one of the most spectacular areas of the Canadian Rockies. The mountains draw outdoor and wildlife enthusiasts from around the world. The town itself reflects its tourist orientation which has its pros and cons.
- BanffOct 22, 2012
Banff is a resort town within Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, and with an elevation of 1,463 metres, it is the community with the second highest elevation in Canada. It was first settled in the 1880s and is the first municipality to incorporate within a Canadian national park. It is known for its mountainous surroundings and hot springs as well as a destination for outdoor sports such as hiking, biking, scrambling and skiing.
- BanffMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Nov 26, 2013
Banff National Park is Canada's oldest national park, established in 1885 in the Rocky Mountains. The park encompasses 2,564 sq mi of mountainous terrain, with numerous glaciers and ice fields, dense coniferous forest, and alpine landscapes. The Icefields Parkway extends from Lake Louise, connecting to Jasper National Park in the north. Provincial forests and Yoho National Park are neighbours to the west, while Kootenay National Park is located to the south and Kananaskis Country to the southeast. The main commercial centre of the park is the town of Banff, in the Bow River Valley.
The Canadian Pacific Railway was instrumental in Banff's early years, building the Banff Springs Hotel and Chateau Lake Louise, and attracting tourists through extensive advertising. In the early 20th century, roads were built in Banff, at times by war internees, and through Great Depression-era public works projects. Since the 1960s, park accommodations have been open all year, with annual tourism visits to Banff increasing to over 5 million in the 1990s. Millions more pass through the park on the Trans-Canada Highway. As Banff is one of the world's most visited national parks, the health of its ecosystem has been threatened. In the mid-1990s, Parks Canada responded by initiating a two-year study, which resulted in management recommendations, and new policies that aim to preserve ecological integrity. That explains the occasional "tunnel" along the Trans Canada between Banff and Lake Louise that is actually a wildlife corridor.
- BanffMember ofFoodiesLuxury TravelersTrendsters+ 1Jul 05, 2012
Banff and the Lake Louise region is without a doubt one of the nicest places on earth. See glaciers, wild animals, hot springs, amazing scenery... and it goes without saying, home to some of the best skiing in the world. Worth the detour!
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