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Banff National Park: the oldest national park of Canada

Banff National Park, which stretches over an area of 6.641 km², is the oldest (it was founded in 1885) and Canada’s most famous park, is now visited by about 4,700,000 people every year. Together with the neighboring National Parks of Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho, and Mount Robson, Mount Assiniboine and Hamber Provincial Parks was inscribed, in 1984, in the list of world heritage sites by UNESCO.

The landscape of Banff National Park is characterized by mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, canyons and caves. The highest mountain in the park is Mount Forbes 3,612 meters high.

The park is located just 128 km west of the city of Calgary, as a base for visiting the park can use the beautiful town of Banff, here is also one of the Visitor Centers of the park (the other is in Lake Louise).

Close to the administrative offices of the park, crossing the Bow River coming from the center of Banff, is also the Luxton Museum, which displays the history of the Indians of the plains of North America and of the Canadian Rockies.

The park is crossed by the Icefields Parkway, a beautiful scenic road that connects Lake Louise with the Jasper National Park, the road passes through mountainous landscapes, lakes and glaciers. Among the attractions of the park are: Moraine Lake, Lake Louise, Mistaya Canyon, Peyto Lake. The area of Banff is famous for its ski slopes and the wealth of wildlife present, there are bears, deer, elk, mountain goats, Bighorn sheep, caribou, etc.. Some animals are easily visible in early morning along the Bow Valley Parkway.


Banff National Park is open all year. Peak season in the park are the months of July and August, in these months is advisable to book well in advance the hotels.

Tickets: Day Ticket Adult (17 to 64 years) $ 9.80; Senior (over 64 years) $ 8.30; Youth (7 to 16 years) $ 4.90; Family / Group (up to seven people traveling in a single vehicle ) $ 19.60

  • Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
  • Surface: 6,641 km²

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