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Monday, June 18, 2012

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Parks are a wonderful way for entertainment, education, exploration and, since you never know what lies around the next corner, full of surprises.

The entire family will have a great ole' time at the Banff National Park, located 80 miles west of Calgary in the Province of Alberta, and that includes those who have difficulties with their mobility, because the park has several wheelchair accessible services and facilities.

It all started in 1885, when three railway construction workers found a cave with hot springs on the east side of the Rocky Mountains. This was the beginning of Canada's first national park with over 2,564 square miles filled with valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows, rivers and famous lakes like Lake Louise and Peyto Lake.

Besides its amazing scenery and nature, there are some other great places to visit such as the Banff Park Museum National Historic Site of Canada where you can learn more about its history, the Cave and Basin National Historic Site of Canada with its natural, warm mineral springs inside and an emerald colored basin outside, and 766 archaeological sites where arrow heads and tools have been found.

Coal mining towns, cabins, quarries and other prehistoric sites can be visited in several locations and some of the sites in the Vermilion Wetlands and Bow Valley date back 10,800 years. You can understand that in order to preserve and date these artifacts, it is strictly forbidden to collect any rocks and/or cultural objects you may find along the way.

So is gathering or collecting wildflowers, mushrooms and berries, since that can harm the ecosystem. That shouldn't prevent you from enjoying all of this nature's beauty and the many other things which can be done here and what those are, will follow soon!

See also:
Banff National Park Part 2
Camping at Banff National Park
Banff National Park - Warnings
Banff National Park, Wildlife and Cautions
Peyto Lake

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