Banff National Park


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Banff National Park,

2,564 sq mi (6,641 sq km), W Alta., Canada, in the Rocky Mts.; est. 1885. Noted for its mountain scenery and mineral springs, Canada's oldest national park is a year-round resort area. Banff and Lake Louise are the chief centers.

Banff National Park

Address:Box 900
Banff, AB T1L1K2

Phone:403-762-1550
Fax:403-762-3380
Phone:877-737-3783
Web: www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/banff
Size: 6,641 sq. km.
Established: 1885.
Location:In the Canadian Rocky Mountains on the Alberta side of the Continental Divide, 128 km west of Calgary and 401 km southwest of Edmonton. The Trans-Canada Highway runs west from Calgary into the park and through Banff and Lake Louise, then continues west towards Vancouver. Buses to Banff and Lake Louise run year round. The 230-km Icefields Parkway connects Lake Louise with Jasper National Park (see separate entry for description).
Facilities:Visitor centers, Banff Springs Hotel, park museum (established in 1895), 13 campgrounds, hot springs, rustic shelters, commercial backcountry lodges, Alpine Club of Canada huts, trails (1600+ km), commercial horse outfitters, and numerous guide services. The resort towns of Banff and Lake Louise are located in the park and each offers visitors a full range of services and facilities, including information centers. The Cave and Basin National Historic Site in Banff commemorates the establishment, growth, and development of Canada's national parks through interactive displays and exhibits.
Activities:Camping, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing (permit required), canoeing, kayaking, rafting, wildlife viewing, scenic touring, mountaineering, rock climbing, interpretive programs, guided tours, cross-country skiing, skating, snowshoeing.
Special Features:Founded in 1885 following the discovery of the Cave and Basin Hot Springs, Banff is Canada's oldest and most famous national park, and is part of the UNESCO Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site. It includes a variety of outstanding geological and ecological features, including rugged mountains, glaciers, icefields, alpine meadows, lakes, mineral hot springs, deep canyons and hoodoos. Its diverse wildlife features 53 species of mammals, including elk, bighorn sheep, black and grizzly bear, wolf, coyote, caribou, and mountain lion. The Castleguard Caves in the remote northwest corner of the park form Canada's longest cave system.

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By returning plains bison to Banff National Park, Parks Canada is taking an important step towards restoring the full diversity of species and natural processes to the park's ecosystems while providing new opportunities for Canadians and visitors to connect with the story of this iconic species," McKenna said in a statement.
I think it's a gimmick hatched by Canadian tourism authorities to make the shores around Banff National Park some of the most photographed locations on the planet, just like they added the area's ski resorts and four-star hotels.
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The highway swings to the left to catch the Bow Valley Parkway and enters the town of Banff wedged between the forested mountain valleys of the Banff National Park.
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The illustrated Banff National Park map is now available at selected retail locations, lodges, resorts, and Visitor Centers in Radium Hot Springs, Canmore, Golden, Banff, Lake Louise, Calgary and other outlying communities.
Wilderness and Waterpower: How Banff National Park Became a Hydroelectric Storage Reservoir is a thoughtful, in-depth history of why and how Banff National Park (Canada's oldest national park, situated in the Rocky Mountains) became substantially altered to serve as hydroelectric storage, and the legacy of this transformation up to the modern day.
He helped establish Banff National Park and emphasized the management of water resources and the use of irrigation.
For those visiting Jasper National Park or Banff National Park, the Glacier Discover Centre is a destination in itself.
More than a century has passed since we built the Canadian Pacific Railway, created Banff National Park and saved the bison from the brink of extinction--and since New Brunswick poet Bliss Carman observed that "there is something in the Autumn that is native to my blood.
Wilderness and waterpower; how Banff National Park became a hydroelectric storage reservoir.