Thursday, March 04, 2010

The Heritage of Banff National Park - Alberta

It was the first in Canada and third in the world when it was created in 1885 after a natural hot springs was discovered. Banff National Park soon became a tourism icon around the world, as well-known as our Mounties in red serge jackets and felt hats. Maps were charted, luxury hotels were built, mountains were climbed and tourists arrived with the train, then cars and air travel. Banff - named for Banffshire, Scotland - and Lake Louise are located within the park which forms part of the UNESCO.

In the fall of 1883, three Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers stumbled across a cave containing hot springs on the eastern slopes of Alberta's Rocky Mountains. From that humble beginning was born Banff National Park, Canada's first national park and the world's third. Spanning 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers, Banff National Park is one of the world's premier destination spots.

Banff National Park and Lake Louise encompass a vast, untamed territory begging to be explored. Find adventure in the stunning Canadian Rockies – home to breathtaking wild animals, soaring eagles, and pristine rivers flowing from 1,000 glaciers. Treat yourself to a scenic drive on The Icefields Parkway, Bow Valley Parkway, or TransCanada Highway. Each of these roadways offers spectacular scenery and a sublime, relaxing escape. You’ll love natural wonders like Columbia Icefield, Johnston Canyon, Castle Mountain Junction, and Bow Glacier.

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