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Banff Springs, Banff Alberta

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Banff AlbertaThe town of Banff is at the heart of the Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, Alberta. Banff is named after Banffshire, Scotland, the birthplace of two major financiers of the Canadian National Railway.

Settled after the chance discovery of the Cave and Basin hot springs by three railway workers in 1883, Banff is the Birthplace of Canada's National Parks. The first national park in Canada, Banff National Park covers 6,641 sq. km (2,564 sq. miles).

Only 128 km from Calgary, Banff is a popular tourist destination in both summer and winter.

Popular summer activities include Backpacking, Climbing, Fishing and Wildlife Watching.

In the winter Downhill Skiing, and Snowboarding are the most popular activities, but visitors can also Cross-country Ski, View Wildlife and many of the Park's Museums and Interpretive Centres are open for winter hours.

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