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Banff National Park | Alberta, Canada


51° 11' 3.0192" N, 115° 33' 39.8376" W
Banff National Park

Banff National Park - Banff - Photo: grcav

Banff National Park /ˈbæmf/ is Canada's oldest national park, established in 1885 in the Rocky Mountains. The park, located 68–112 mi (110–180 km) west of Calgary in the province of Alberta, encompasses 2564 sq mi (6641 km2) of mountainous terrain, with numerous glaciers and ice fields, dense coniferous forest, and alpine landscapes. The Icefields Parkway extends from Lake Louise, connecting to Jasper National Park in the north. Provincial forests and Yoho National Park are neighbours to the west, while Kootenay National Park is located to the south and Kananaskis Country to the southeast. The main commercial centre of the park is the town of Banff, in the Bow River valley.

The Canadian Pacific Railway was instrumental in Banff's early years, building the Banff Springs Hotel and Chateau Lake Louise, and attracting tourists through extensive advertising. Since the 1960s, park accommodations have been open all year, with annual tourism visits to Banff increasing to over 5 million in the 1990s. Millions more pass through the park on the Trans-Canada Highway. As Banff is one of the world's most visited national parks, the health of its ecosystem has been threatened. In the mid-1990s, Parks Canada responded by initiating a two-year study, which resulted in management recommendations, and new policies that aim to preserve ecological integrity.

More infos: Wikipedia

Banff National Park

Banff National Park - Banff - Photo: Mohsen Kamalzadeh

Banff National Park

Banff National Park - Moraine Lake - Photo: Richard Taylor

Banff National Park

Banff National Park - Lake Louise - Photo: Kimberly Vardeman

Banff National Park

Banff National Park - Vermillion Lake - Photo: Ikka

SUBMITTED ON 08.08.2014.