In 1883, three Canadian Pacific Railway workers stumbled into a steam-filled cave deep in the Rocky Mountains west of Calgary - and unwittingly sparked the creation of Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada.
Banff National Park Quick Facts
Banff National Park is Canada's first national park and the world’s third National Park. Cave hot springs was the birth of tourism in Banff National Park – now known as Cave & Basin. The first hotel, then Canadian Pacific Banff Springs Hotel was built in 1885. Today, Banff National Park in Alberta is Canada's largest and oldest conservation wilderness and wildlife park.
The park encompasses 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows, rivers and hiking trails. Banff National Park is one of the world's premier destination spots and notably is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Banff, Alberta, Canada hotel accommodations have more information or contact www.parkscanada.ca.
Town of Banff, Alberta Quick Facts
Elevation is at 4,537 feet (1383 metres) making it the highest town in Alberta and Canada. Banff is home to 8,500 people and hosts approximately 3 million guests each year in the many Canadian Rockies hotels and accommodations. The footprint of the town is just 3.93 km2 and it will never grow larger. Everything, including restaurants, shopping, hotels and accommodations, are approximately 10-20 minutes’ walk in the Town. The town population will not exceed 10,000 and all residents must meet the federal regulation of “need to reside”, which means individuals must be employed in the town in order to live here. Tourists can enjoy a variety of accommodation styles and there is a restaurant for every taste.
Canadian Rockies hotels and accommodations, like The Juniper Hotel employs local residents for their intimate knowledge of the Park. Banff is 20 minutes drive from Canmore, 40 minutes drive from Lake Louise and is 1.5 hour drive from Calgary/Calgary International Airport. Make the Juniper hotel your choice of accommodation for your Rocky Mountain vacation.
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