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Sightseeing in Banff - what to see. Complete travel guide

Banff is a town in the province of Alberta approximately 110 km from Calgary. The town is located within the Banff National Park. This is a popular resort destination for Canadians and guests of the country. Banff National Park is the oldest national park in Canada. The Rocky Mountains surround the beautiful area, creating mesmerizing views. When looking at this enchanting scenery, it is so easy to forget about all troubles, routine, and even time. Tourists from different parts of the world visit this magical area to see the nature’s treasure with their own eyes and drink local mineral water.
Banff National Park was founded in 1885. During all its history, the park was the main theme of numerous disputes. People were trying to understand what was more important – to save the beauty of the region or to develop it economically. There were also tensions regarding the commercial use of hot springs. Later, the prime minister decided to form a protected area around the hot springs. Later, Lake Louise and other territories were added to it.
Winter tourism has started developing in the region since February 1917. This is the time when Banff hosted the first Winter Carnival. The event’s schedule included the opening of the first ice palace built by prisoners. Banff hosted winter sports competitions as a part of the event. Sportsmen competed in skiing, ski jumping, curling, snowshoe, and skijoring. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Banff is a paradise place where visitors can enjoy different types of skiing. Alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, sledding, and telemark – the choice of winter sports is really wide. Visitors can always explore the area using show shoes. Do you like fishing? Then winter fishing on a frozen lake will excite you. Brave tourists can try something extreme like diving under the ice.
When you feel tired of skiing, consider visiting a local museum that opened at the beginning of the previous century. This cultural establishment is dedicated to local animal world. You will find the American eek, grizzly bear, lynx, deer, as well as different species of foxes and wolves. Banff National Park is proud of its rich animal world. The park is home to roughly 60 species of mammals and numerous birds, the singing of which adds a special atmosphere to the area. In this national park, visitors can see such rare birds as elegant falcons, sea-eagles with white heads, and gorgeous golden eagles.
If you are not afraid of mountain climbing and like rocky walls, then you simply cannot fail to visit the Athabasca Glacier. This huge ice formation is the largest in the local mountains. Tourists can climb up the glacier but only together with a guide. The road will take roughly three hours and is suitable even for beginners. The company, which organizes the glacier tours, provides tourists will all gear they need.
You are lucky if you arrive in Banff at the end of November or the start of December. The town hosts an interesting celebration at this time of the year. A parade of Santa Clauses is an essential part of the event. Everyone is welcome to join the parade if they have the right costume. This is not the only entertaining celebration in Banff. Indian Days and Winter Carnival are also popular events.
The resort hosts numerous thematic festivals every year. For example, the Mountain festival is the time when visitors can watch films about mountains and make a hiking tour to the mountains and admire the view from above. The Television Festival has gained worldwide recognition. There are cinema stars among the guests of this event. This town is also famous for the Four-piece band festival. Participants of the event play string instruments. The festival attracts musicians from different countries. If you are a connoisseur of live music, you will genuinely like the event.
It is not possible to get directly to Banff. Travelers need to get to Calgary first. There is an airport in the town but it doesn’t accommodate air-passenger flights. It is easy to get to Banff from Calgary by car using the road #1. The total time in transit is 1 hour. It is also possible to get to Banff by bus – there are regular intercity buses to this part of the country. Moreover, tourists can participate in educational excursions, during which they can get to their destination point and find out much interesting about the town and local landmarks meanwhile.

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Reference information
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Banff
♥   Castle 'Banff Springs Hotel' , 1.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Banff
♥   Provincial Park 'Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park' , 16.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Wildland Provincial Park 'Don Getty Wildland Provincial Park' , 29.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   A - Park 'Mount assiniboine park' , 30.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Wildland Provincial Park 'Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park' , 31.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park of Canada 'Kootenay National Park of Canada' , 35.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Banff from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Moraine Lake

From the series “The Cleanest Lakes and Rivers of the Planet”
The lake is open for visiting only from May to September. In other months the mountain road is closed for safety reasons. You can get to the lake by car from the nearby town Calgary. Several years ago, there was opened a tourism route. As a part of the excursion, travellers can visit the small mountain village. It will take half an hour to get there. … Read further
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