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Banff National Park of Canada
A Park Pass is required for use of park facilities such as picnic areas, viewpoints and scenic drives such as the Bow Valley Parkway and Icefield Parkway. Fees go towards maintaining and improving facilities for park visitors.
The town of Banff was named after the Banffshire area of Scotland, birthplace of two directors of the Canadian Pacific Railway, built through Banff in 1883.
Parks Canada information: (403) 762-1550, Banff/Lake Louise Tourism: (403) 762-8421, Friends of Banff National Park gift shop. Watch our video: Welcome to Banff!
and Basin National Historic Site
This is the birthplace of Canada’s national park system. Explore the exhibits, displays and boardwalk. See a real cave! Tours at 11 am daily in summer, weekends in winter.
Park Museum National Historic Site
Built in 1903, this museum offers an enchanting way to learn about Banff’s wildlife, birds and insects. Tours daily in summer at 3 pm, weekends in winter at 2:30 pm
Hot Springs Pool
Soak in some history.
Take the gondola, or hike the trail (5.5 km one way, 670 m elevation gain, strenuous). From the upper gondola terminal, a one-kilometre(20 min) boardwalk trail leads to the summit and Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site.
The Bow Valley’s biggest wetland. Guided nature strolls are offered here in summer. Register in advance at Friends of Banff stores.
This wide 3.7 km. asphalted tail ends at a picnic shelter. From there a more strenuous 2.1 km. trail for hikers only loops up into a canyon. Full round trip is 9.5 km (3-4 hours).
A short interpretive trail unlocks the mystery of these bizarre natural pillars and leads to a superb view of the Bow Valley.
Enjoy a leisurely lakeside stroll to Stewart Canyon (1.4 km, 30 min return). Boat tours of the lake are available mid-may to September. Please do not feed the bighorn sheep.
An easy trail circles this lake. There is a small beach and you have a good chance of seeing wildlife.
Once the site of a huge coal-mining operation, Lower Bankhead is now a quiet place. A 1.1-km (30 min)interpretive trail loops amongthe ruins. Upper Bankhead is a popular picnic area. Not accessible by car Nov. 15 to April 15.
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