May 22, 2019 - May 23, 2019
2 guests - 1 room
Banff is the name of the town in Banff National Park where you can get accommodation, a hot meal, or do some shopping. For a mountain town, it's a bit glamorous.
Banff is a typical resort: alpine chalets, hotels, and restaurants that all want to part with your money. With that said, it is a beautiful town and worth a quick visit as you're there to visit the national park.
City of Banff and Banff national park was a nice weekend getaway from Calgary.
Banff National Park is Canada's oldest national park, established in 1885 in the Rocky Mountains. The park encompasses 2,564 sq mi of mountainous terrain, with numerous glaciers and ice fields, dense coniferous forest, and alpine landscapes. The Icefields Parkway extends from Lake Louise, connecting to Jasper National Park in the north. Provincial forests and Yoho National Park are neighbours to the west, while Kootenay National Park is located to the south and Kananaskis Country to the southeast. The main commercial centre of the park is the town of Banff, in the Bow River Valley. The Canadian Pacific Railway was instrumental in Banff's early years, building the Banff Springs Hotel and Chateau Lake Louise, and attracting tourists through extensive advertising. In the early 20th century, roads were built in Banff, at times by war internees, and through Great Depression-era public works projects. Since the 1960s, park accommodations have been open all year, with annual tourism visits to Banff increasing to over 5 million in the 1990s. Millions more pass through the park on the Trans-Canada Highway. As Banff is one of the world's most visited national parks, the health of its ecosystem has been threatened. In the mid-1990s, Parks Canada responded by initiating a two-year study, which resulted in management recommendations, and new policies that aim to preserve ecological integrity. That explains the occasional "tunnel" along the Trans Canada between Banff and Lake Louise that is actually a wildlife corridor.