Our pick #1
Canada's oldest national park boasts some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes you're ever likely to find. Picture dramatic mountain ranges, pristine emerald lakes, mighty glaciers, dense forest and alpine meadows. Established in 1885, Banff National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to a number of elusive mammals including grizzly and black bear, cougar, wolverine, elk, moose and wolves. The small resort town of Banff is the gateway to the park and lures visitors with its boutiques, restaurants, château-style hotels and souvenir shops. While the parkland that surrounds the town offers an endless choice of outdoor adventure from world-class hiking to white water rafting.