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–
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’.