Bucket list #10: Banff National Park

Most people don’t believe me when I tell them I’d spent four years in Canada, and not visited the stunningly sanctuary that is Banff. And quite honestly, I don’t blame them–

Emerald Lake

Image via Flickr: ‘Emerald Lake | A beautiful morning at Emerald Lake in Banff National Park’. Photographer Krishna Santhanam

Anyhow, it goes without saying that Banff is on my bucket list, and that not going while I was in Montréal is one of my biggest regrets. Heigh ho– here’s a list of fun facts I dug up on Banff* (because I was curious bored am quite the nerd, apparently):

  • Banff is the second highest town in Canada. Elevation wise, it stands at 1,463 m (or so says Wikipedia), second to Lake Louise (1,600 m).
  • Banff was named by George Stephen, president of the Canadian Pacific Railway, after his Scottish hometown, Banff.
  • Banff NP is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and home to several Canadian National Historic Sites.
  • Baff NP was Canada’s first national park, established in 1885. On a completely different note– the oldest national park is, contrary to popular belief, not Yellowstone (est. 1872), but Bogdkhan Uul, Mongolia (est. 1778).
  • The name “Banff” is derived from Banffshire, Scotland, the birthplace of two of the original directors of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

* by ‘dug up’ I obviously mean paraphrased from multiple sources that popped up after a Google search for ‘Banff fun facts’.


Author: Akanksha Singh

Twenty-something travel addict || Likes: coffee, sarcasm, the Oxford comma, blue skies, and cobblestone roads. || Dislikes: rudeness, carrots, and pigeons (read: winged-rats with satanic eyes).

3 thoughts on “Bucket list #10: Banff National Park”

  1. Haven’t you heard the old saying ‘If you copy from one source, it’s plagiarism; if you copy from many, it’s research’? 😀 I’ll be in Banff for a short while next May (if the good Lord’s willing and the creek don’t rise!)

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      1. Yes, we have a few days in Vancouver, then taking the ‘Rocky Mountaineer’ to Banff, with an overnight stop in Kamloops. We’ll stay in Banff for a short while, before flying home from Calgary.


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