Banff National Park Facts

Banff National Park Facts
Banff National Park, the first national park in Canada, is visited by millions of people annually. The lush scenery, outdoor activities and family-friendly atmosphere add to its popularity. This is the perfect place for outdoors lovers traveling through Canada to visit.


Banff is located in the Canadian Rockies, about a 90-minute drive west of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.


When founded in 1885, Banff National Park was only 26 square km but has expanded to cover 6,641 square km (2,564 square miles).


Some of the memorable features include Lake Louise, the wildflowers at Sunshine Meadows and the snowcapped peaks at Icefields Parkway.


During the summer, camping, fishing, mountain climbing and even scuba diving are popular activities. In the winter, ice climbing, skiing and snowboarding are among the recreational interests.


Among the wildlife in the park are a variety of birds and 29 species of small mammals, along with larger animals like moose and grizzly bears.

Article Written By Mark Orwell

In the summer of 2003, Mark Orwell began his career as a freelance writer focusing on popular culture, music, and film. He continues to write on a broad array of topics from Miami, Florida. His work has been available in the United States, the Caribbean, and South Africa.

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