Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Banff National Park lies in the heart of the majestic Rocky Mountains in the province of Alberta and showcases some of Canada's most beautiful scenery, 1½ hours drive west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. From Banff's humble beginnings as a 262 kilometer hot springs reserve, Banff National Park now consists of 66412 kilometers of unparalleled mountain scenery nestled in the heart of the magnificent Canadian Rockies. Turquoise green lakes, snow-capped peaks, and glaciers are all easily accessible in this stunning park.

The jewel of the park is the Lake Louise, where green waters reflect the surrounding mountains and visitors can stroll easily around the shores. The Icefields Parkway that runs from Lake Louise to Jasper is an unforgettable drive and another must see in Banff. At the south end of the park is the lovely little town of Banff, providing all kinds of accommodation, shopping, and dining options.

Banff town has a rich and vibrant cultural and natural history, recognized globally by the United Nations, which designated the area of the Canadian Rockies as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. In winter Banff is also a major winter sports area and home to Lake Louise Ski Resort and Sunshine Village, two of Canada's most prominent ski destinations.

Banff also has a thriving arts and culture scene. There are a number of museums and art galleries to explore, not to mention concert venues at The Banff Center. If you're a busker, you can find out how to get a street performing permit to show your talents to the World. You can also visit some of the country's national historic sites while you're here. There are so many attractions in Banff you will need many days to visit them all: from the Banff Gondola to the hot springs to lake cruises, there's so much to do in this little town.