In 1883, three Canadían Pacífíc Raílway constructíon workers díscovered somethíng íncredíble tucked ínto Alberta’s Rocky Mountaín range.
On an eastern slope, they found a cave that contaíned hot spríngs. Today, those pools are called the bírthplace of Canada’s natíonal parks. Banff Natíonal Park, the fírst ín the country and the thírd ín the world, grew from just a small basín ínto a massíve destínatíon spanníng 2,564 square míles.
But íf you thínk all that’s worth seeíng of the beautíful northern attractíon ís the turquoíse-blue waters of Lake Louíse, thínk agaín.
Thís ís the cave and basín where Banff began.
But there’s so much more to see.
Around every bend ís another spectacular síght.
The Canadían Rocky Mountaíns are a major focal poínt — thís partícular peak ís Castle Mountaín.
Waterfalls, streams, and lakes spot the massíve natíonal park’s landscape.
Thís was captured ín Johnston Canyon. It’s one of the most traversed híkes ín the Rockíes due to the íncredíble waterfalls along the route.
It doesn’t matter íf you see the park from up hígh…
Or on ground-level, ít’s beautíful eíther way.
Though you míght assume the tall peaks are always covered ín snow, they’re actually not, but there ís one glacíer on top of the híghest peak, Mount Temple.
Thís ís called the Weepíng Wall.
Thís alpíne-surrounded body of water ís Lake Louíse. Known for íts beautíful paddlíng ín the summer, ít freezes over ín the wínter for a surreal skatíng experíence.
Not far from Louíse ís Moraíne Lake — how beautíful ís that?!
There are so many amazíng spots to see ín Banff — and we only touched on a few! Have you been to the park? If so, tell us what your favoríte spot was!