In 1883, three Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers discovered something incredible tucked into Alberta’s Rocky Mountain range.
On an eastern slope, they found a cave that contained hot springs. Today, those pools are called the birthplace of Canada’s national parks. Banff National Park, the first in the country and the third in the world, grew from just a small basin into a massive destination spanning 2,564 square miles.
But if you think all that’s worth seeing of the beautiful northern attraction is the turquoise-blue waters of Lake Louise, think again.
This is the cave and basin where Banff began.
But there’s so much more to see.
Around every bend is another spectacular sight.
The Canadian Rocky Mountains are a major focal point — this particular peak is Castle Mountain.
Waterfalls, streams, and lakes spot the massive national park’s landscape.
This was captured in Johnston Canyon. It’s one of the most traversed hikes in the Rockies due to the incredible waterfalls along the route.
It doesn’t matter if you see the park from up high…
Or on ground-level, it’s beautiful either way.
Though you might assume the tall peaks are always covered in snow, they’re actually not, but there is one glacier on top of the highest peak, Mount Temple.
This is called the Weeping Wall.
This alpine-surrounded body of water is Lake Louise. Known for its beautiful paddling in the summer, it freezes over in the winter for a surreal skating experience.
Not far from Louise is Moraine Lake — how beautiful is that?!
There are so many amazing spots to see in Banff — and we only touched on a few! Have you been to the park? If so, tell us what your favorite spot was!
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