Welcome to Banff National Park, Canada’s oldest national park! Located in the town of Banff, in the Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta, these 6641 km2 of nature are home to a good number of glaciers, ice fields, dense forests and lakes. Surrounded to the north by Jasper National Park and to the west by Yoho and Kootenay National Park, the park was inaugurated in 1885, and since the 1960s has attracted hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of tourists. Discover this fabulous piece of land with us!
Canada’s first park, but also one of the most visited parks in the world, stretches from the town of Banff to Jasper National Park in the northwest. It is located in the province of Alberta, bordering British Columbia . Banff Park welcomes an average of 3 million curious people each year who come to admire the magnificent and diverse landscapes that are well representative of the mountain ranges of Canada.
It is possible to cross all of Banff Park by Highway 93, also called the Icefields Parkway, which connects the entire park from north to south, while skirting the Canadian Rockies and of course the lakes of the park, in particular the most big as Bow, Hector, Louise, Moraine, Minnewanka and Peyto lakes. The landscapes diversify over the course of the trip and it is always possible to stop at different spots depending on the lakes in order to enjoy a new view of glaciers such as those of Bow, Peyto, Vulture… It is also easy to climb to the various ice fields that overlook the park and the Icefields Promenade.
Since the 1990s, the park administration has implemented preservation policies to conserve and protect the fauna and flora of this unique natural environment. Elk, Moose, Caribou, Mountain Goat, Canadian Sheep, Black Bear and Grizzly are the park’s emblematic animals. We find in this park few reptiles and amphibians given the very cold temperatures in winter , but on the other hand we will be able to meet many mammals, in particular felines with the Canadian Lynx and the Puma. 280 species of birds are recorded in Banff Park, including the Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Mountain Bluebird, Heron…All these animal species take place in the park in different places depending on the climate and the environment : some species will be more or less present on the shores of lakes, in forests, others in glaciers and snowy heights.