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Banff National Park, Canada

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People by a Lake

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Bridge at Banff Nat. Park

Bridge at Banff Nat. Park

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Banff Nat. Park Mountains

Banff Nat. Park Mountains

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Comparing mountains is a subjective and imprecise business. Yet few would deny that the Canadian Rockies are one of the most extravagantly beautiful ranges on Earth. The mountains and vast stretches of wilderness that make up the birthplace of Canada's first national park offer stunning scenery of glaciers, lakes, valleys, and snowcapped mountain peaks. Large mammals such as deer and elk can be observed in all seasons from the roadside.

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Lake Louise: Rocky Mountain Postcard
Lake Louise: Rocky Mountain Postcard

Avoid crowds at this lovely site by enjoying the sunrise vista. In summer, rent a canoe for a peaceful paddle amid the surrounding snow-capped peaks.

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Spectacular Johnston Canyon Waterfalls
Spectacular Johnston Canyon Waterfalls

On scenic Bow Valley Parkway, an easy trail leads through a steep-sided limestone gorge where numerous falls carved potholes into the rocks below.

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You May Not Believe Your Eyes at Peyto Lake
You May Not Believe Your Eyes at Peyto Lake

Fine particles of glacier-ground rock give this mountain lake its stunning blue-green hue. Some say the overlook view is the most beautiful in Canada.

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One of the Best Vistas in the Canadian Rockies
One of the Best Vistas in the Canadian Rockies

Take Icefields Parkway to Parker Ridge Trail, where a 1.7-mile hike leads to fantastic views of rugged peaks and the Saskatchewan Glacier.

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Visit (or Stay in) the ‘Castle in the Rockies’
Visit (or Stay in) the ‘Castle in the Rockies’

In a spectacular Bow Valley location, the majestic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel has hosted Queen Elizabeth, Winston Churchill and Marilyn Monroe.

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Banff National Park Travel Guide

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