Banff Park was Canada's first National
It is and hour and a half from
Calgary, 3 and a half hours from Edmonton and an easy day-drive
from Vancouver. The name Banff comes from the homeland of the
first president of the Canadian Pacific Railroad. He was born
in Banffshire which was shortened to todays name. Prior to that
it was simply know as Siding 29.
The park came to being in 1883 after two Canadian
Pacific Railway workers stumbled onto a hot water spring near
the south bank of the Bow River. The federal government stepped
in to protect the area in 1885 and thus was born the first of
40 National Parks in Canada. 4,000,000 visitor per year come to
Banff. Jasper (to the north) receives 2,500,000 per year.