Banff began life in 1883 as a tiny community beside the newly built Canadian Pacific Railway line and some nearby hot springs. Later the Canadian government protected the area as the Rocky Mountain Park Reserve, a designation which in 1930 became Banff National Park. Canada's first national park. It was popular with tourists then, and it's just as popular today.
Banff travel, Canada Tourist Attractions
Banff swarms year-round with visitors who come to marvel at the stupendous mountain beauty that surrounds the townsite, and signs in stores are just as likely to be written in Japanese as in English. Several local resorts are as good as skiers will find anywhere, and the massive stone-hewn Banff Springs Hotel is a Canadian travel icon. The Banff Centre for the Arts is an international focal point for writers, artists and actors.Xuankong Si Temple
Lake Louise, 30 minutes west up a busy highway, is another picturesque destination favored by skiers, hikers, climbers and less adventurous travellers in tour buses and motor homes. While Banff is a bustling town with services normally found in much bigger Banff travel places, Lake Louise cultivates a much quieter village lifestyle.