Canada’s First National Park
Encompassing over 6500 km2, Banff National park is an important historical and contemporary place for Indigenous peoples and others to connect with history and nature. The lands and water of Banff National Park have been used by Indigenous peoples for millennia; for sustenance, ceremony, trade and travel. Starting in 1885 as 26 km2 of federally protected lands around the Cave and Basin Hot Springs, the protected area was quickly becoming the core of Canada’s first National park. More than a century later, the park draws millions of people each year from all over the world to experience the natural beauty, seven national historic sites and iconic wildlife, from grizzly bears to the Banff Springs Snail. Providing opportunities for learning and adventure, Canada’s oldest national park offers mountains of possibilities. *excerpt from Banff National Park Visitor Guide 2020-2021
Banff National Park is recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations (UNESCO) as part of the Canadian Rock Mountain Parks World Heritage Site.
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Find Red Chairs in Banff:
The red chairs placed in special locations around Banff National Park are all about taking time to connect with nature and with each other. Some are easy to find, while others provide more of an adventure. All of them offer a place to rest, relax, and reflect on the place you’ve discovered and the journey you took to get there.
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