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General information on Banff National Park
BANFF, Alberta – Intrigued and enticed by the magnificent Banff National Park in the sprawling Alberta stretch of the Canadian Rockies? Seeking important Canadian national park visitor information? Well, look no further.
A Little Bit of Banff History:
One autumn day in 1883, three Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers discovered a cave containing hot springs on the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. This accidental find became a traveler’s goldmine: Banff National Park. Spanning 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) of Canadian valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers, it is Canada’s first national park and the world’s third.
Fortunately for our world travelers, Banff National Park, along with many of its facilities and services, is open year-round. Included are:
* Canadian Information Centres
* Canada’s Fabulous Accommodation and Travel Services
* Upper Hot Springs
* Emergency Contacts
* Disabled Accessibility
Banff National Park Information Centres
Banff Information Centre
224 Banff Avenue, in the Town of Banff, Alberta
Banff National Park: Lake Louise Visitor Centre
Box 213, Lake Louise, AB
TOL 1E0, Canada
It is located in the village of Lake Louise, next to the Samson Mall.
Banff National Park’s Upper Hot Springs
A special zone of relaxation and decompression in Banff National Park, the Upper Hot Springs presents one of the main attractions in Banff and the whole of the Canadian Rockies.
Banff Upper Hot Springs
The Banff Upper Hot Springs and Radium Hot Springs are open year-round. Laberta’s Miette Hot Springs is open from early-May to mid-October annually. Extended hours offered during holiday periods; please check with each facility for details.
Transportation in Banff National Park
Banff: The municipal Roam bus provides environment-friendly transportation to the main attractions of Banff town site. Please note that parking is limited in the town of Banff. To save you some hassle, you should leave your vehicle elsewhere, for example at your hotel or campsite or at the edge of town, and walk or take local transit. The municipal bus service operates between May and September.
Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper: For those who want to get around the area, there is bus service that connects the Alberta towns of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper throughout the year. Contact the Alberta Tourism office in Banff and Lake Louise for more information.
The luminous Lake Louise and Moraine Lake of Banff National Park attract adoring crowds. It is best to visit these Canadian lakes in the early morning or evening to avoid the human and vehicular congestion.
Emergency Contacts at Banff National Park
* Ambulance, RCMP (police), Fire: 911
* Park Wardens – 24 hours (403) 762-4506
* Banff Mineral Springs Hospital (403) 762-2222
* Lake Louise Medical Clinic (403) 522-2184
Disabled Accessibility at Banff National Park
Banff National Park offers a variety of wheelchair-accessible services and facilities, as do most Canadian National Parks.
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