Banff National Park is one of Canada’s great national treasures, attracting millions of visitors every year. Encompassing a portion of the Rocky Mountains, the park is home to beautiful turquoise lakes mirroring the snow-covered peaks, along with glaciers and forests. Since 1985, it has been included in UNESCO’s list of protected natural and cultural monuments.
The picturesque little town of Banff is the only township in the park and is the main hub of activity. The Icefields Parkway, which winds for 230 kilometers through the 3,000-meter-high mountains, connects Banff and Jasper National Park to the north. The main highlights of this impressive journey along the Parkway are world-famous Lake Louise, the aristocratic-looking Canadian Pacific hotel Château Lake Louise, and the huge Columbia Icefield. Visitors also have a good chance of seeing some of Canada’s wildlife. The park is home to a large number of black bears, elk, caribou, wolves, beaver, and grizzly bears.
The Town of Banff
Located in the south end of Banff National Park, this little town, surrounded by mountains, is a main tourist destination in Alberta. It is devoted to the tourism industry with all kinds of accommodation options, interesting shops, and restaurants that range from casual to high end. In the summer, the streets are packed with tourists from all over the world who come to see the Canadian Rockies, and in winter, the town maintains its lively atmosphere as skiers descend on Banff to enjoy the nearby slopes.