Banff National Park, about a hundred miles to the west of Calgary in Alberta, is Canada's oldest national park and one of its most exciting natural tourist destinations. There, you can be occupied with quite a few marvels.
Banff Park Museum
The Banff Park Museum was built in 1903, and holds original exhibits that show that era's ideas about natural history.
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
This monument commemorates the founding of the Canadian National Parks system. It has interactive exhibits and a warm mineral spring inside.
Considering the national park is relatively untouched, it's an ideal place to dig to look into our history. Most of the digs take place where humans were thought to have settled: sunny parts of valleys, river crossings and quarries.
Banff Upper Hot Springs
One of the commercially developed areas of the Banff National Park is the Upper Hot Springs. Featuring a 1930s bathhouse, the resort is a renowned relaxation and health hot spot.
At Banff, you can dive under the waters of Lake Minnewanka, or you can ski or snowboard at the Lake Louise resort. A great way to make your way through the park during the winter is cross-country skiing.
One of the best ways to tour Banff during the summer is from the seat of a bicycle. In between bike rides, there are incredible peaks to climb, ranging from easy ones such as Mt. Temple to difficult crags such as Castle Mountain.