As prescribed by Paulina Constancia

Oh Canada! series (2) – Canada’s National Parks

Canada Day is July 1st so to extend Canada’s birthday celebration, this week I bring you an “Oh Canada” seriesI will feature some of the wonderful people, places, creatures and features that make Canada so special!
Today I share with you a little about the national parks of Canada and some amazing photos of Banff National Park. One of the first things people notice when visiting Canada is the wide open spaces, the accessibility of the great outdoors and wildlife.

A Little About the National Parks of Canada
Info Source

National Parks are a country-wide system of representative natural areas of Canadian significance. By law, they are protected for public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment, while being maintained in an unimpaired state for future generations. National Parks have existed in Canada for well over a century.

Check out the list of Canada’s National Parks 

Banff National Park

In the fall of 1883, three Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers stumbled across a cave containing hot springs on the eastern slopes of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. From that humble beginning was born Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park and the world’s third. Spanning 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers, Banff National Park is one of the world’s premier destination spots.

Check out the Top Ten Things You Have to See in Banff National Park

“Nestled amongst the peaks of the Canadian Rockies, Banff is known as a traveler’s mecca for good reason. Whether by car, bicycle, hiking boots, skis, snowshoes or canoe, in Banff National Park you can enjoy year-round discovery of the 6,641 km2 mountainous landscape. As the first national park established in Canada and a coveted UNESCO World Heritage Site, what makes Banff National Park so special is its combination of vast unspoiled wilderness, mountain lakes like Lake Louise, and the gateway to it all: the Town of Banff.” (Info Source)

I have traveled and lived in different parts of Canada. My longest stay was in the province of Alberta where my husband and I frequented the Banff National Park. It took us just a little over an hour to make it to the park’s entrance so I guess I can brag that it was just ‘in our back yard’. Today I share with you some of my husband’s amazing photos of Banff National Park. May they inspire you to visit Canada’s natural wonders.

Cascade Mountain
at the end of Banff Avenue

Photo by Michael Wortman
Deer Caught ‘People Watching’ (hahaha)
“Discover Banff Tours” company  vehicle
Photo by Michael Wortman
Moraine Lake
Photo by Michael Wortman
Family Canoeing on Lake Louise
Photo by Michael Wortman
“I’m on the Top of the World Looking..down on creation!”
Photo by Michael Wortman
Train spotted along Bow Valley Parkway
Photo by Michael Wortman
Sulphur Mountain Gondola
Photo by Michael Wortman
Photo by Michael Wortman
“The allure of Banff is also its close proximity to the park’s incredible attractions and best-kept wilderness secrets. With 1600 kilometres of trails, two gondolas, three ski areas, an exciting heritage and more dining options and activities than you have time for, Banff National Park is a premier destination for authentic hospitality and outdoor exploration.”

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