Canada's first national park and the third in the world, Banff National Park is part of the Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site and features mountains, valleys, meadows, forests, glaciers and rivers.
Three Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers discovered a cave with hot springs on the eastern hills of the Rocky Mountains during the fall of 1883. The area began as a 279-square-foot hot springs reserve and now spans 2,564 square miles, in addition to giving birth to the Canadian National Park system.
Known as Canada's "Diamond in the Wilderness" and the "Hiking Capital of Canada," Lake Louise in Banff National Park features hiking and walking trails and downhill ski areas.
During summer, Banff National Park offers outdoor activities like backpacking, biking, hiking, camping, boating, canoeing, swimming and scuba diving. Day hikes are also offered.
Banff National Park offers outdoor activities during the winter, including cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating, ice diving, snowshoeing and waterfall ice climbing.
Mount Rundle (9,675 feet), Cascade Mountain (9,836 feet) and Mount Norquay (7,001 feet) are all visible from the town of Banff in Banff National Park.