Banff National Park

Banff National Park
Banff National Park is one of Canada's great natural wonders, encompassing 2,500 square miles filled with glaciers, mountains and alpine forests. It lies in the Canadian Rockies, in the province of Alberta near the border with British Columbia.

History

Banff National Park was established in 1885 after hot springs were discovered in the area by railway workers. It was Canada's first national park, and the second in North America after Yellowstone.

Banff

The national park is serviced by the town of Banff, which contains several museums and art galleries covering the area.

Ecosystems

The park consists of three distinct ecosystems--montane, subalpine and alpine--which determine the various flora and fauna found there.

Activities

Activities in Banff National park include hiking, biking, golfing, horseback riding, rock climbing and skiing in the winter.

Wildlife

Wildlife in Banff National Park includes bears, wolves, moose, otters, bighorn sheep, mountain goats and bald eagles.

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.

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