With Canada’s 150th anniversary officially upon us, there’s no better time to unleash your inner sense of adventure and explore the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. In celebration of our national milestone, Parks Canada has announced that 2017 park passes will be free to the public.
Banff National Park is an enduring symbol of Canada’s wild frontier. More than the trees, mountains and fresh, clear water, it is the chance to see Banff’s abundant wildlife – bears, moose, elk and other creatures – that inspire people’s imaginations and attract the park’s many visitors. Whether you see them across a meadow during a hike, or spot them using one of the many wildlife crossings as you drive through the park, you know Banff is one of the special places on Earth.
We have come far enough – and we have learned enough – since our actions almost drove bison to extinction in North America in the mid 19th century. Beginning in the late 1800s and continuing through the 20th century by establishing managed herds in Banff, Buffalo, Wood Buffalo and Elk Island National Parks, Canada took a leadership role in bringing Plains and Wood Bison back from the brink of annihilation.
As Canada’s most-popular national park – with over 3,000,000 visitors annually – residents and guests alike treasure what Banff is now, and the Town of Banff has implemented a plan to ensure its natural wonders and clean air are there for future generations.