1) It’s Canada’s first National Park:
At the base of Sulphur Mountain, railroad workers found a natural hot spring in 1883, which led to the establishment of Banff National Park. Prime Minister Macdonald established a 26 square kilometre preserve in 1885 to settle title conflicts and preserve the area’s natural beauty. It was then designated as Canada’s first National Park in 1887.
2) It got into the list of World Heritage Sites:
In 1984, Banff National Park received the title of World Heritage Site. Four national parks, Banff, Jasper, Yoho, and Kootenay along with three provincial parks in British Columbia Mount Robson, Mount Assiniboine, and Hamber combine to form the Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site.
3) Unbelievable flora and fauna:
Over 53 different animal species reside in Banff, along with an astoundingly large variety of other wildlife. Elk, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, grizzly bears, black bears, moose, hoary marmots, wolves, wolverines, beavers, bald eagles, owls, and pumas are among the large creatures that are frequently seen in Banff. There are reportedly 996 different varieties of trees, grass, and flowers.
4) Home to longest cave and highest town:
The longest cave in all of Canada is located in this park. The limestone Castleguard Cave, located near the park’s northernmost point, has a length of more than 66,700 feet. The highest settlement in the country is Lake Louise, which is located at a height of 5,200 feet. With an elevation of 4,600 feet, Banff, the town that bears the park’s name, is the second-highest settlement in Canada.
5) It had another name earlier:
The park was given the name “the Rocky Mountains Park” after becoming Canada’s first national park in 1887 and expanding to 674 square kilometres. After more than 40 years, the park was renamed Banff National Park under the National Park Act in 1930. The head of Canadian Pacific Railway chose the name Banffshire to honour his native Scotland.
6) It alone has 7 national historic sites:
The Skoki Lodge, Howse Pass, Abbot Pass Hut, Cave & Basin, Banff Park Museum, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, and the Cosmic Ray Station on Sanson Peak are among the seven National Historic Sites that can be found in Banff National Park.
7) Extreme blue colour lakes secret:
Two of the most photographed lakes in Banff National Park are Moraine Lake and Peyto (pronounced Peeh-toh) Lake, which are frequently distinguished by their distinctive blue colour. The fact that they are both glacially supplied throughout the year is the primary cause of their vibrant blue hues. The sun is refracted as a result of the fine rock “flour” ground that melting glaciers deposit into the lake in the spring and early summer.
8) Golf can be played here:
Golfers are rewarded to breathtaking vistas of Rundle’s enormous rock wall as they manoeuvre through the course. One of the most magnificent golf courses in the world, the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course has been around for more than a century. The golf course is located between Tunnel Mountain and Mount Rundle, just where the Bow River constricts.