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Profile Last Updated: May 11, 2009
Banff National Park, 128 kilometres west of Calgary on the Trans-Canada Highway, is Alberta's Eden. This beautiful landscape with its own unique ecosystem is not only a favourite destination for Albertans, but also for nature lovers from all over the world. Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this magnificent playground spans 6,641 square kilometers of mountains, valleys, forests, meadows, rivers and glaciers.
Camping at a World Heritage Site
Reservations for Banff area campgrounds must be made through Parks Canada. With more than 2,400 camping spots, you would think that you'd have no trouble getting set up for the night, but on a long weekend the park fills up fast. At times, tourists might even outnumber the park's wild inhabitants, like grizzly and black bears, wolves, elk, moose, deer, bighorn sheep and mountain goats.
There's more than enough to do
Park visitors can experience whatever their heart or budget desires from a stroll around Lake Louise to a night at the historic Banff Springs Hotel, or a trip up the Icefields Parkway or a soak in the Upper Hot Springs. For history buffs, there's the Banff Park Museum, the Cave & Basin National Historic Site, Luxton Museum of the Plains Indians and of course lots of places to ski! There is also the town of Banff, which is loaded with every amenity you’d ever need.
Price: Entrance Fees Adult $9.80, Youth $4.90, Family $19.60
Tip: It’s a smart idea to hire one of the local guides, they can take you hiking, fishing or even a climb up a frozen waterfall.
Reserve: Parks Canada’s reservation system.
Campgrounds: Tunnel Mountain, Two Jack Lakeside, Two Jack Main, Castle Mountain, Protection Mountain, Johnston's Canyon, Lake Louise, Mosquito Creek, Waterfowl Lake, Rampart Creek