Banff National Park was the first national park created in Canada. It encompasses 2,500 square miles of gorgeous terrain about an hour and a half's drive from the city of Calgary. It's an outdoorsman's paradise, featuring dozens of activities amid the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies.
Thirteen campgrounds can be found in Banff National Park. The summer season runs from May until September.
Banff National Park encompasses a number of peaks along the Continental Divide, facilitating a lot of mountain-climbing opportunities. In the winter, experienced climbers can try their hand at waterfall ice climbing.
With an emphasis on ecological harmony, Banff National Park welcomes respectful hikers who wish to explore over a dozen trails scattered throughout the park.
A number of glacier-fed lakes dot Banff National Park--facilitating fishing and boating--while the Bow River allows for canoeing in the summer. The park's Upper Hot Springs also contain a mineral spa and bath house.
The snowy winters bring cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing in the park. The season typically runs from December through March.
Article Written By Robert Vaux
Robert Vaux has been a professional writer and editor since 1995. He has traveled throughout Europe and North America as well as parts of North Africa. Since 2000 he has been a professional movie critic at Flipside Movie Emporium, the Sci-Fi Movie Page and Mania.com. Vaux has a Master of Arts in English literature from Syracuse University.