Did you know...Facts You May Not Know About Banff
With over 4 million visitors to Banff National Park every year, its easy to brush over some of our most fundamental facts about the area. So here are some fun facts that you may or may not have known about Banff National Park.
- 4,537 feet or 1,383 meters elevation makes Banff the highest town in Canada! It literally sits head and shoulders, or crests and peaks, above the rest of the country.
- The name “Banff” is derived from Banffshire, Scotland, the birthplace of two of the original directors of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Even with Scottish heritage, don’t expect to see any haggis running around on the mountains….
- 1885 is when Banff National Park became Canada’s first National Park. This was due to the discovery of the natural hot springs.
- 1,000 glaciers can be found in Banff National Park. Ice picks at the ready!
- 45 to 120 million years old is the age of the mountains in Banff National Park. They look good for their age, don’t you think?
- 69 is the number of species of animals found in the park. The most common? Elk.
- 22 degrees is the average summer temperature (72 Fahrenheit)
- -30 degrees is a common low during winter. Still sunbathing weather, right?
- 700 years is how old some Douglas Fir trees are in Banff National Park. We had to include a Douglas Fir tree fact, or two…
- 623km is the length of the beautiful Bow River, who waters ultimately travel all the way to Hudson’s Bay. It gets its name from the Cree Indians who made their bows from the Douglas Fir trees which grew along its banks.
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