See Grizzly Bears in the Banff National Park

Posted in North America | March 24, 2010 | Comment Now

In 1885, the Banff National Park was created in the Rocky Mountains. It is one of the oldest national parks of Canada. It is situated in the province of Alberta to the 110 -180 kilometers to the west of Calgary. The Banff National Park land measure 6,641 square kilometers, which comprises of alpine landscape, several ice fields and glaciers, thick coniferous forest and mountainous terrain. The Ice field Parkway stretches from Lake Louise across to the north of Jasper National Park. The Banff National Park is bounded by other national parks like Yoho National Park and Provincial forests are west to it, whereas to the south is Kootenay National Park and to the southeast is the Kananaskis Country. In the Bow River valley, there is a town named Banff, which is a center of commercialization.

It is the most visited national park in North America and fave among the Alberta tourist destination, more than 300,000 visitors come here annually. Banff tourism gives an approximately C$6 billion per year to the economy.

Trans-Canada Highway runs through the park and gives spectacular glimpse of the forest. But if you want stop by in the park permit and park ticket is required. You cannot stop without pass permit to stop in the park and just to tress-pass no permit is required.

There are lots of attractions in the park that you will enjoy. The Banff National Park has Upper Hot Spring to relax your body after hectic hiking or a day, the golf lover will enjoy it – 27-hole golf course is available at Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel as well as there three ski resorts in the park: Mount Norquay ski resort, Sunshine Village, and Lake Louise Mountain Resort. The park has excellent hiking spots and the most popular among the visitors is the Cory Pass Loop. The people who are adventurous can go skiing on the Nordic and Alpine, or for something relaxing yet exhausting, horse riding is also there. Horse riding is the best way to explore the forest and see different species of the park.

The remote areas of Banff offer climbing, camping, hiking and skiing. In order to camp in the background, alpine club or other facilities of the park you will require having a wilderness pass.

Banff National Park has three different types of eco-regions: montane, alpine, and subalpine. The subalpine eco-region comprises mainly of thick forest and covers Banff’s 53% area whereas in the alpine eco-region above the tree line is situated 27% of the park. The tree line in Banff, at alpine regions rests roughly at 7,544 feet with clear meadows and several part of the park is covered by glaciers.

The Banff National Park is home to 56 mammal species. The forest regions are dwelling place of Black bears and Grizzly. In Banff, the endangered species include the Banff Springs snails that are found in the hot springs of Banff. Grizzly Bears and Woodland caribou are listed in threatened list of Banff wild animals.

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