If you think of hiking in a natural area of 6641 square km of mountainous terrain, glaciers, ice fields, dense coniferous forests and alpine scenery, it is impossible not to think of Banff National Park. It is the oldest park in Canada, and it is located in the Rocky Mountains, in the province of Alberta.
You will be surprised by its multicolored nature, its landscapes, its glacial lakes, and its picture-perfect mountain village. Come fall in love with this hiking mecca.
Approximately, 27 percent of the park is located above the tree line, which is located at 2300 meters of height, with open meadows in the alpine regions and some glacier-covered areas.
As for the fauna, Banff National Park has 56 species of mammals, among them, grizzly, black bears, pumas, lynxes, weasels, otters, wolves and squirrels.
Banff has a subarctic climate, with cold and snowy winters and mild summers. Average winter temperatures vary from -5ºC to -15ºC. The summer is warm, with high temperatures during July and an average of 22 °C, which makes it a perfect season for hiking adventures.
English and French are the official languages.
You can fly to the Calgary airport, which is an hour and a half from Banff. Most travelers fly to Calgary, pick up their rental car or camper and drive into the mountains. From Vancouver, it takes 9 hours by car to Banff. You can also take a cheap flight from Vancouver to Calgary.
Definitely, the best time to enjoy hiking in Banff National Park is summer, from June to September. Keep in mind that July is very hot.
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