Banff

Canadas Most Scenic National Parks

Photo Image of Banff and Lake Louise
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Located about one hour’s drive west of Calgary, Alberta, is Canada’s oldest and one of its best national parks, established in 1885. Banff National Park includes the quaint but lively town of Banff, tucked in a protected valley in the midst of the Rocky Mountains. The town is rich with excellent restaurants and unique shops, a very walkable main street. It’s a super popular ski resort area, and therefore is busy summer and winter.

The park is abundant with all manner of wildlife from bears to cougars, elk to rabbits. Please respect the road signs that instruct visitors to not feed wild animals. It’s for their good and yours.

The park also includes the area of Lake Louise, another favoured ski resort, home of the majestic Chateau Lake Louise, a global tourist destination. In Banff itself sits the regal Banff Springs Hotel, one of the most dignified buildings in Canada, open year-round and seated amid unparalleled beauty. This is a favourite location for elegant weddings.

Also in Banff is the highly regarded Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, which offers workshops and development studies for artists in many genres and at various stages of their careers. For the public, the centre hosts the Summer Arts Festival, including many different disciplines.

Banff is a unique national park in that it offers wilderness attributes as well as urban in the town of Banff. As such, visitors will find bucolic scenery and a vibrant social scene. Ski by day, party by night.

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