Located in the province of Alberta, the Banff National Park is not only Canada’s first national park, but also one of the nation’s largest and most visited national parks. Covering miles of forests, mountains, rivers, lakes, glaciers and a few small towns, Banff National Park remains more than 93 percent untouched. The park’s breathtaking scenery and wildlife draw many tourists every year along the Trans-Canada Highway, which passes through the park.
Banff National Parks large concentration of wildlife includes mammals like black bears, grizzly bears, bison, moose, bighorn sheep, wolves and cougars in addition to 280 species of birds like bald eagles, Canada geese, red-tail hawks and osprey.
The town of Banff is the park’s primary settlement, offering the most variety of lodging, shopping and dining. There are a number of pubs and restaurants here specializing in local game and produce. Accessed by the Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise offers luxurious accommodation in a gorgeous setting of turquoise lakes and majestic mountains. Lake Minnewanka and Sunshine Meadows are other smaller villages.
Other attractions include historic sites, museums, waterfalls, hot springs and the three alpine skiing mountains of Lake Louise, Sunshine and Mount Norquay.
Summer activities include golf, hiking, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, whitewater rafting, ATV adventures and horse riding while winter fun involves ice fishing, ice skating, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Visitors can get around Banff National Park by driving or a year-round bus service that connects Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise.