Only two weeks left until we depart Vancouver to start our epic journey into the Canadian Rockies! Last time, we learned a little bit about Valemount, BC where we will be staying on the first day. The second day, we will be staying in Banff!
This town is located in Canada’s first and the world’s third national park, Banff National Park, established in 1887. Banff is also Canada’s oldest national park. And as you might have guessed, Banff also played a major role in the Canadian Pacific Railway construction. See the connection here?
And in 1884, George Stephen, the president of the Canadian Pacific Railway, named Banff after his hometown in Scotland. Another noteworthy person from Banff is Norma Luxton. He improved the town of Banff, formed Crag and Canyon newspaper, built the King Edward Hotel, as well as the Lux Theatre.
Some more interesting facts about Banff:
- Banff is located at an elevation of 4,537 feet (1,383 metres) making it the highest town in Canada
- Banff National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a United nations designation which helps protect over 20,000 square kilometres (7,700 square miles) of the Canadian Rocky Mountains
- The highest mountain in Banff National Park is Mt. Forbes which stands at 11,850 feet (3,612 metres)
- Mountains in Banff National Park are 45 to 120 million years old
- Banff National Park has in excess of 1,000 glaciers
Can’t wait to visit this place in just two weeks! Remember, the last day to register for this awesome trip is next Monday March 18th! Find me at our pub night or event this weekend or come by the office sometime this week 😉