Banff National Park
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 98%Adventure Travelers
- 82%Family Travelers
- 67%Green Travelers
- 67%Spiritual Seekers
- 66%Budget Travelers
- 51%Art & Design Lovers
Member Reviews (23)
- Banff National ParkMember ofSpiritual SeekersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 6Jul 04, 2012
Driving to Banff from Calgary always impresses me for ever closer majestic peaks the you see starting from the City, and the fact that there are really no curvy roads or switchbacks to get here. And before I know it, Kananaskis Country (a fine visit by itself) and a busy "metropolitan" Canmore are in my rear view mirror, and I'm at the pay gate handing over my hard earned Loonies.
Banff is Canada's oldest national park, established in 1885 in the Rocky Mountains. The park (located ~70 miles west of Calgary), encompasses 2500+square miles of mountainous terrain, with numerous glaciers and ice fields, dense coniferous forest, and alpine landscapes. The Icefields Parkway (the most gloriously scenic road ever) 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 in the millions. Millions more pass through the park on the Trans-Canada Highway. This is a Park that is in danger of being loved to death and in recent years recommendations have been made to preserve its ecological integrity.
I'm not a huge fan of the Banff Town Site (with some notable exceptions), but I love the Park. I've driven it, skied it, animal watched it, and hiked it. I have also made visits in all 4 Seasons and have been awed and humbled each time. You'll find many of my Banff reviews sprinkled throughout my catalogue and I can easily tell you that the totality of Banff National Park definitely exceeds the sum of those parts. My only regret has been not taking the train here and through the Spiral Tunnels. VIA no longer offers service, but the Rocky Mountaineer excursion train does.
My first Honeymoon was here, Gayle has made the trip with me, and I'm itching to get back and explore something new that I had not previously considered. And to reconnect, I first stop at one of the Parks Canada Visitor Centres. One is smack dab on the main street of the Banff Town Site and the other is at Lake Louise right next to the Samson Mall. There's also a nice Welcome Centre in Field BC for those of you who want to expand your National Park horizons to Yoho. The nearby Jasper and Kootenay wonders are pretty cool too.
- Banff National ParkOct 21, 2013
How can this not be five stars? I've been all over the world and this will always be my benchmark for natural beauty and nothing else has come close. Great hiking, awesome scenery and abundant wildlife to populate your postcard quality photos.
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