Escorted Rail Tours in Banff National Park
Explore Canada's scenery from Banff
Established in 1885, Banff National Park is the oldest National Park in Canada. It encloses a vast 2,564 square miles (6,641 square kilometres) of stunning scenery, and is home to a number of rare creatures including cougar and lynx. The largest town and primary hub of the park is Banff, which is one of the highest towns in Canada, situated at 4,800 feet (1,463 metres) above sea level. Surrounded by mountains and known for its hot springs, Banff is popular with tourists all year round.
Some of the most famous attractions in the vicinity include the 8,041 feet (2,451 metres) tall Sulphur Mountain, so-called because of the hot springs discovered on its lower slopes. There are cable cars that run all the way to the observation decks at the summit, offering marvellous views over the surrounding area. The emerald-coloured Lake Louise is another popular tourist spot. This was named after Princess Louise, a daughter of Queen Victoria - whose husband was the Governor of Canada between 1878 and 1883. The beautiful lake's unique colour is caused by rock flour, which is mixed in to the water as it melts during glacial activity. It attracts many visitors each year.