Banff National Park is the oldest national park in Canada. The Rocky Mountain regional park was established since 1885. Its location is in the west of Calgary, Province of Alberta. In an area of over 6,000 square kilometers there is a range of mountains with hundreds of glaciers, ice field, forest and landscape of the Alps. On the north side, visitors can see the Ice fields Parkway extends from Lake Louise to Jasper National Park.
In the western part, there are forests and Yoho National Park, while in the south, travelers can find Kootenay National Park and Kananaskis Country. The areas most attract visitors is the village of Banff, its location was right in the middle of a national park along the Bow River valley. Since opening to the public, Banff National Park was visited by five million people. That number has continued to increase since the trains – Canadian Highway was completed.
Various exciting activities to do here, such as fishing, biking, boating, camping, rock climbing, mountain climbing, horseback riding, swimming, ice skating, backpacking, bird watching, canoeing, hiking and scuba diving. One of the activities is quite extreme, especially for travelers from tropical countries is ice diving. Here you are invited to dive in the ice lake, the two lakes are often used for these activities is at Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake.
Although classified as dangerous for the unusual, but dives in the icy lake are very safe. In addition to professional and experienced lifeguards supervised, the procedures performed very well and meet with ice diving international standards.
Interested to come to Banff National Park? This place is open all year round, whether it’s summer, fall, spring or winter. The entry tickets range from $ 10 – $ 20, not including tent rental, administrative costs of fishing and other activities.
Banff National Park is 128 kilometers from Calgary, 26 kilometers from Canmore, 401 kilometers from Edmonton and 850 kilometers from Vancouver. Modes of transport that can be used to get to this place quite a lot. The first option is a car ride through the Trans – Canada Highway directly to Banff National Park. The second alternative bus from Calgary International Airport Department of Town of Banff.