Banff National Park

Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Alberta, Canada

Renowned for their scenic splendor, the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks are comprised of Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho national parks and Mount Robson, Mount Assiniboine and Hamber provincial parks. In 1984, they were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, because these four national and three provincial contiguous parks, studded with mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, canyons and limestone caves, form a striking mountain landscape that exemplifies the bio-geographical history of the region. The Burgess Shale fossil site, well known for its fossil remains of soft-bodied marine animals, is also found here.

Motorcoach tour operators can choose among an array of one-of-a-kind experiences to offer their passengers from service providers in the area. They include ice walking tours on the Columbia Icefield, heli-hiking tours, guided hikes and walks, boat tours on Lake Minnewanka, and guided sightseeing. One of the most popular Banff National Park activities is taking the Banff Gondola, which allows you to get a birds-eye view of the Canadian Rockies in all their splendor.

Banff is the birthplace of Canada’s national parks system, established in 1885. Covering 2,564 square miles, it is one of the most well known parks in the world. It shares its northern border with Jasper – at a staggering 4,335 square miles, Canada’s largest park in the Rocky Mountains.

Both parks showcase the unparalleled beauty of the Rockies – towering snowcapped mountains, ancient glaciers, dense forests, waterfalls spilling down the mountainsides, rushing rivers and turquoise glacial lakes. And wildlife galore – watch for moose, elk, caribou, mule and white-tailed deer, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, black and grizzly bear and the elusive mountain lions and wolverines.

Linking Lake Louise with Jasper, Alberta, is one of the most beautiful journeys on the planet – the Icefields Parkway. Rated as one of the top drives in the world by Condé Nast Traveler and the No. 1 attraction in Banff National Park on TripAdvisor, it is a 232-km stretch of double-lane highway winding along the Continental Divide through soaring Rocky Mountain peaks, offering spectacular sightseeing of pristine turquoise lakes, tumbling waterfalls, ancient glaciers and the Columbia Icefield. Along the stretch, big horn sheep, deer, black bears and coyotes are frequently spotted, and occasionally, wolves, grizzlies and goats.

In Banff, bus tour passengers can experience Canadian shopping and award-winning restaurants on Banff Avenue and the famous thermal waters at the Banff Upper Hot Springs. A ride on the Banff Gondola to the top of a mountain offers breathtaking views in every direction. In Lake Louise, they’ll find out why this famous lake is known as the jewel of the Rockies. Tour passengers can canoe on the lake and take an easy stroll around the lakeshore, or hike to the Lake Agnes Tea House.

Banff’s dining choices are as varied as the area’s outdoor adventure options. Whatever the craving, area restaurants have it, from fast food to fine dining and everything in between. Many offer a selection of fresh local fish and wild game – trout and salmon, venison, bison and elk.

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