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Rocky Mountain peaks, turquoise glacial lakes, a picture-perfect mountain town and village, abundant wildlife and scenic drives come together in Banff National Park - Canada’s first national park and the flagship of the nation’s park system.Over three million visitors a year make the pilgrimage to the park for a variety of activities including hiking, biking, skiing and camping in some of the world’s most breathtaking mountain scenery.
Built by Swiss-born mountain guides using stone from the surrounding mountains in 1922, the rustic hut is your home for the night.Explore the Victorian-era collection, while admiring the stately 1903 museum, a log masterpiece and the oldest surviving federal building in any Canadian national park.Ride into history on a wagon pulled by Percheron horses to discover the life of a ranching cowboy from the late 1800s at the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site.Get a rare glimpse into the extraordinary heart and mind of a world-famous inventor whose genius helped shape the modern world.Pull the curtain back on Alexander Graham Bell’s interests and inventions, spanning airplanes and kites, to deaf education and artificial respiration.Establishing transportation corridors to the Pacific Coast was vital to the fur trade.
Guided through the Athabasca Pass by Thomas the Iroquois, David Thompson was instrumental in surveying many routes through the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Located on Banff Avenue in the heart of the town of Banff, the Banff Park Museum – a.k.a.
the “University of the Hills” – houses more than 5,000 historic botanical and zoological specimens.
Try your hand at cowboy skills, learn about the old-style ranching ways, wander through the rustic and authentic buildings or sit around the campfire and listen to old-time tales.
Back-dropped by the Rocky mountains – it’s a true Alberta experience!
Abbot Pass Refuge Cabin National Historic Site is administered by Parks Canada and operated by the Alpine Club of Canada.