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Banff National Park - A Drivers Paradise
Banff National Park (Canada)
Member Name: Fez999
Banff National Park (Canada)
Date: 30/03/01, updated on 30/03/01 (205 review reads)
Advantages: Scenery, Wildlife, Open Roads
Disadvantages: Not For Night Owls or Beach Lovers
Have you ever liked the idea of putting on the sunglasses jumping into the convertible and driving for miles in the hot summer sun surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery in the World?
Yes? then Banff National Park is for you, read on!
Banff is usually associated with skiing and winter holidays, people sometimes overlook the fact that Banff also serves as a fantastic summer destination.
There is only one way to explore this wonderful part of the world and that is by car (preferably open top). The roads are long straight and quiet so much so that driving actually becomes an enjoyable experience.
There are many points of interest where one can stop, get out of the car and explore, far too many to mention here but if you think of crystal clear turqoise lakes, glaciers, waterfalls and snow capped mountains you get the idea.
Most areas of interest are signposted and are easily seen from the conveniently positioned parking areas at the side of the road.
Wildlife is also a common sight. watch out for parked cars and people looking into bushes this usually means there has been a "sighting".
Three or four people usually indicates mountain goats or deer, seven or eight people would probably mean elk and if there is a big crowd with people fighting for position to get the best photograph then it can only mean the best sight of all THE BEAR.
Please be careful if you do see bear especially if there are cubs nearby as I am assured on good authority they can literally rip people in two they can also run very fast so please be respectful and keep your distance and DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES GO NEAR THE CUBS.
In addition to Banff National Park the Icefield parkway drive to Jasper is also a must with even more incredible scenery, the highlight being the glacier which you can actually walk on but wrap up warm. There is also a useful information centre there offering trips refreshemn
I would suggest anyone visting the Rocky Mountain area to stay in both Banff and Jasper as both have lots to offer although my favourite is banff.
Don't forget your binoculars and camcorder!!!!!!!!!
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