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  Majestic Mountains   With its lush green forests, majestic snowcapped peaks, sparkling blue glaciers and alpine meadows ablaze with wildflowers, its no wonder that Banff is Canada's most popular park. It's also one of the countries largest parks, at 6,640 square kilometers, allowing for a wealth of visitor experiences. Banff is a part of the UNESCO Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site, some 23,000 square kilometers of spectacular mountains, lakes, glaciers and alpine,
 
  which also includes Jasper, Kootenay, and Yoho National Parks. Together, they represent one of the worlds most magnificent natural areas.
   
 
It's surprising how easily accessible this wilderness is. Most of Banff's beauty and splendor is within easy reach of the Trans Canada Highway and the connected Icefieds Parkway. By car, Calgary is less than two hours away, with Edmonton a couple of hours more and Vancouver less than a day.
   
  There are hundreds of hikes in the park. An excellent choice in the alpine is Sunshine Meadows. With an average elevation of 2220 meters, the meadows straddle the Continental Divide and the boundary between Alberta and British Columbia. You can take in views of some of the highest peaks in the park along with some of the abundant wildlife that make this area their home.
   
  For mountain bikers, there are the parks fire roads or jeep track with scenery that will overwhelm you. You access seemingly endless backcountry on day rides, or as another option put on some panniers and ride some extended trails to some of the best bike camping in the Rockies.
   
  There are innumerable climbing areas in the park. Aside from the challenges offered, the crags also give you a chance to see some of the park's wild and remote sections. Of course there are easily accessible areas too. You might want to start with Castle or Cascade Mountain, or perhaps Mt. Rundle near the Banff town site. In the Lake Louise area, check out Mt. Fairview. Once you've experienced the ones with easier access, you can hone you skills as a mountaineer and travel deeper into the park to bag some peaks.  Several years ago the area celebrated the Swiss Guides Centennial,  100th year anniversary of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) having introduced professional mountain guides from Switzerland to the Canadian Rockies.
   
 

In winter you can ski on track set trails in Banff and Lake Louise or you can choose to do some ski touring in the backcountry. Backcountry skiing ranges from short loops, to multi-day hut to hut traverses. This may well be the best way to see the park in winter. You can snowshoe just about anywhere in Banff. Follow the tracks of winter animals like the wolf and deer or head up to one of the accessible lookouts. Winter camping, huts and backcountry lodges are also available for the ski and snow shoe enthusiast.

Snowboarders and skiers have several excellent mountains to choose from in both Banff and Jasper National Parks. Tons of snow, great runs and some of the worlds best scenery make the area a must visit in the winter.

   
 
   
 
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Banff is Canada's most famous National Park. It is one of the four National Parks, (Jasper, Banff, Kootenay & Yoho) that were declared a World Heritage Site in 1985 by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Large numbers of elk, bighorn sheep, mule deer and other large animals live in the park. Of course, this includes their predators such as grizzly bears, mountain lions, wolves and wolverines. Banff National Park is one of the last great protected ecosystems remaining in the Rocky Mountains.

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Banff National Park - Parks Canada
Banff Lake Louise Tourism
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