Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest national park, established in 1885 in the Canadian Rockies. The park is located 70 miles west of Calgary, in the province of Alberta and encompasses 2,564 square miles of mountainous terrain, with numerous glaciers and ice fields, dense coniferous forest, and alpine landscapes. In 1985, the United Nations declared Banff National Park, a World Heritage Site. It is a land full of stunning peaks and vistas.
The town of Banff itself was established in 1883 and is the main commercial center in Banff National Park, as well as a center for many cultural activities. Banff is home to several cultural institutions, including the Banff Centre, the Whyte Museum, the Luxton Museum, and several art galleries. The Bow River flows through the town of Banff, with the Bow Falls located on the outskirts of town. There are a number of popular mountains near the town. They include Mount Rundle, Cascade Mountain, and Mount Norquay—which has a ski slope as well as mountain biking trails. A ride on the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain is a fun adventure. A boardwalk from the gondola terminal takes visitors to Sanson Peak. Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit to the top too…you’ll want to soak in the Upper Hot Springs located there!
If you are interested in exploring the Canadian Rockies, please take a look at our Castles in the Rockies package. This is a sample itinerary and may be customized upon request. If you are interested in receiving more information about this vacation package, please contact Rhonda Sand or Linda Bruno today at 1-800-975-7775 or by emailing them.