Banff National Park

#66 - Calgary, Canada
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What else would you expect from Canada's oldest national park? Established in 1885 in the Rocky Mountains, its views are diverse and the colors vibrant and alive like the nature in them. It's our #66 because it has so much to choose from in its 6,641 sq. miles. From mountains, glaciers and ice fields, forests and alpine landscapes, there aren't enough pictures to describe the beauty of this place. So go and take your own and share afterwards!
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A Lake Louise Cloudy Sunrise
#1 Banff NP Photo - Will Crowthers
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Peyto Lake Lookout
#2 Banff NP Photo - Will Crowthers
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Mythical Morning on Lake Moraine
#3 Banff NP Photo - Will Crowthers
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Unbelievably Blue Lake Moraine
#4 Banff NP Photo - Will Crowthers
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Banff NP_Bow River
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Quick Facts & History

  • Banff National Park, Canada's first national park, spans 2,564 miles (6,641 km), 1,000 miles (1,600 km) of which are hiking trails.
  • The park received its name from Banffshire, Scotland, the birthplace of the engineers of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
  • There are over 1,000 glaciers in Banff National Park.
  • This mountain-filled park has mountains as young as 45 years old and as old as 120 million years old.
  • The largest man-made lake in Canada, Lake Minnetonka, is in Banff National Park. The park is also home to Canada's longest cave network, Castleguard Caves.
  • Banff is the highest town in Canada at an elevation of 4,537 feet (1,383 meters).

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A Lake Louise Cloudy Sunrise
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Peyto Lake Lookout
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Mythical Morning on Lake Moraine
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Unbelievably Blue Lake Moraine
Ranked #4 by Will Crowthers

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# 1

A Lake Louise Cloudy Sunrise

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Peyto Lake Lookout

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Mythical Morning on Lake Moraine

# 4

Unbelievably Blue Lake Moraine


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Summer Rules!
Unless you really really love winter weather and have a vehicle to drive through blizzards, Summer in Banff totally rocks. Not only will you get to enjoy the intense beauty of the Canadian Rockies and Banff's famous blue lakes, but you can also check out tons of other activities like hiking, rafting, climbing, fishing, etc.

Get there in the summer - I loved it!
Submitted By: Will Crowthers
Submitted On: Dec 8, 2012
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