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A Look at Banff & Lake Louise

The finest blend of heaven and earth you’ll find anywhere

A Look at Banff & Lake Louise

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Banff National Park’s infrastructure enables people of all walks of life, despite age or physical abilities, to see and touch a natural environment that has been an inspiration to generations of travellers. It is this infrastructure that also places additional responsibility on those who manage and live in the park to ensure ecology and economics remain harmonious.

Banff National Park’s infrastructure enables people of all walks of life, despite age or physical abilities, to see and touch a natural environment that has been an inspiration to generations of travellers. It is this infrastructure that also places additional responsibility on those who manage and live in the park to ensure ecology and economics remain harmonious.

Treasures of Wilderness

The wisdom of protecting the wilderness treasure of Banff National Park is wholly applauded by the many hard working people who call Banff and Lake Louise home. Dedicated park residents have legitimately earned the often squandered entrustment as the “environmentalist” through their steadfast efforts toward one common goal: a balance between use and preservation that maintains the values and beauty of the National Park, while providing the means to enjoy the recreational opportunities available within the park. This balance is assured by the strict limits placed on developments throughout the Park, which prohibits any expansion beyond existing boundaries. Enjoy our Rockies, the finest blend of heaven and earth you’ll find anywhere.BA AT Upper Hot Springs; place for those seeking wild animals and wilderness and the tranquility of high alpine meadows filled with wildflowers. The glaciers that once covered the Canadian Rockies retreated long ago, but they left behind their unmistakable beauty in the jade green lakes and the unusual gorges, canyons and rock formations evident throughout Banff National Park.

All the elements of heaven surround two townsites that offer every earthly delight—fine accommodations, shopping, dining, sports, leisure activities, nightlife, arts and culture. Banff and Lake Louise offer a natural richness that is becoming increasingly rare and which was recognized in 1985 when the Park was designated a United Nations World-Heritage Site. Visitors atop any mountain in the Canadian Rockies will be struck by the jagged peaks and unspoiled wilderness of Banff National Park.

UNO World Heritage Site

BA SC BaNorqVwW webA unique preserved and protected World-heritage Site, it is virtually the same sight which greeted explorers, mountain climbers and adventurers when they came to the Rockies from around the world more than 100 years ago. Using hemp ropes and sheer determination, mountain guides (imported from Switzerland) led parties of enthusiastic climbers on first ascents of the surrounding peaks and traversed prehistoric glaciers. In leather bindings and wooden skies they discovered untracked snow in wide-open bowls and meadows.

Settling in Banff and Lake Louise, the pioneers embraced the raw, rugged and largely uninhabited landscape eventually establishing hotels and businesses. While charting the future of the area, these visionaries also laid the ground work for what has become Canada’s first National Park. Its very essence was the enjoyment and preservation of the wilderness and wildlife, a philosophy which Canadians have entrenched in law and in their hearts. Today, Banff National Park draws people from every corner of the world to catch a glimpse of big horn sheep, elk, moose and mountain goats.

Discovery for Explorers

It also lures people year-round who want to explore their own piece of the wilderness by skiing and snowboarding, hiking, climbing, dogsledding, horseback riding, ice skating and canoeing. When visitors come to explore, they are surrounded by what many consider to be the most spectacular scenery in North America. There are only a few unique places where you can be utterly alone in the silence of the forest one minute and join civilization the next. Discover the protected wilderness surrounding Banff and Lake Louise and experience your own natural high.

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