Banff National Park

national park in Alberta, Canada

Banff National Park (French: Parc national Banff) is the oldest national park in Canada. It was first started in 1885. It is in the Canadian Rockies, 110–180 kilometres (68–112 mi) west of Calgary, Alberta. The park has an area of around 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 sq mi).[2] The park has mountains, glaciers, and ice fields. There is also a large coniferous forest. The main town near to the park is Banff. Banff is one of the seven parks in the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site.[3]

Banff National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
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Map showing the location of Banff National Park
Map showing the location of Banff National Park
Location of Banff National Park
LocationAlberta's Rockies, Alberta, Canada
Nearest townLocated within Banff National Park:
Banff
Castle Junction
Lake Louise
Nearest town outside of Banff National Park:
Canmore
Coordinates51°30′N 116°00′W / 51.5°N 116.0°W / 51.5; -116.0Coordinates: 51°30′N 116°00′W / 51.5°N 116.0°W / 51.5; -116.0
Area6,641 km2 (2,564 sq mi)
Established1885
Visitors3,609,639[1] (in 2014/15)
Governing bodyParks Canada
World Heritage site304
WebsiteOfficial website


View from the top of Sulphur Mountain, showing Banff and the nearby areas

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Parks Canada Attendance 2010–11 to 2014–15". Parks Canada. Retrieved November 15, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. "The Mountain Guide – Banff National Park" (PDF). Parks Canada. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 15, 2006. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. "Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site". UNESCO. Retrieved 16 August 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)