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Banff, Alberta, Canada


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Photo courtesy of Travel Alberta.
Photo courtesy of Travel Alberta.

-small town, majestic scenery, in the Canadian Rockies

Few towns are nestled so literally in big, showy scenery: Banff is defined, surrounded, and dominated (in a good way) by mountain peaks.

Banff the town is located in Banff National Park, created back in 1885. (The world's first National Park was Yellowstone; Banff was the third.)

Folk back then knew how to make a park: Banff National Park has over 2500 square miles. Moreover, it connects to Jasper and other National Parks, all part of the UNESCO Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site.

Banff is located 128 km (about 80 miles) from Calgary. Most visitors fly into Calgary International Airport.

-continue to Banff the town.

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