"BANFF NATIONAL PARK" Top 5 Page for this destination Banff National Park by Lady_Mystique

Banff National Park Travel Guide: 811 reviews and 1,579 photos

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In 1885, the Government of Canada set aside an area of 10 square miles around
the Sulphur Mountain Hot Springs near Banff which promised
"to be of great sanitary advantage to the public",
thereby creating the country's first national park.
Since that time, boundaries have been expanded
and six more parks have been established in the mountains of Alberta and British Columbia, until today the mountain parks cover 8,638 square miles.

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"Oh Great Spirit,
whose voice I hear in the winds
and whose breath gives life to all the world,
hear me.

I come before you, one of your many children.
I am weak and small.
I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes
ever behold the red and purple sunset;
my ears sharp so I may hear your voice.

Make me wise,
so I may learn the things you have taught my people,
the lessons you have hidden under every rock and leaf.
I seek strength, not to be superior to my brothers,
but to be able to fight my greatest enemy -- myself.

Make me ever ready to come to you
with clean hands and straight eyes,
so whenever life fades,
like the fading sunset,
my spirit will come to you without shame."

Chief Yellow Lark, a Blackfoot Indian

Here is a photo taken by my father on our first trip to Banff.
I don't remember much of this trip (and I'm sure my parents tried to forget most of it) except that we were taken to the centre of town where there was a large park with lots of flowers. There was an enormous and beautiful stone building on the grounds which I think this was the Motor Vehicles building.
Anyway, after my baby brother and I checked out the flowers and annoyed one another as much as possible, my mother plunked us down onto the stump of an old tree so my father could take a photo of us (probably to prove he had survived another outing with us!)
We weren't very cooperative models. My brother tried to monopolize the tree stump and take centre stage while I became rebellious, insisting on my share of the limelight and becoming a royal pain in the butt in the process!! (Come to think of it, our personalities haven't changed much since!) A big fight ensued soon after the photo was taken and I got a grand lickin'. I see this as my "initiation" and "rite of passage" into the competitive nature and harshness of life in the mountains.

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  • DPando's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    such a great memories brings back to me!! treekings in summer looks so easy .. no snow like in early oct when i was there.. great shots!!

  • Redang's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2006 at 11:08 AM

    Your pages bring me so good memories!!!!!!!

  • percy961's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2006 at 11:48 AM

    Superb photo's from Banff National Park

  • Darby2's Profile Photo
    Jun 30, 2006 at 4:28 AM

    Had a nice tour along the Icefield Parkway last Saturday...it's just as beautiful as ever, specially in the early morning.

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2006 at 5:33 PM

    Will be back to visit your zoo - great stuff......... Ciao, Carol

  • Anchovy56's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2005 at 7:41 AM

    Its hard to believe such beauty exists...Oh, and Banff is nice too..

  • King_Golo's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2005 at 12:16 AM

    banff np seems to be the canadian paradise! i've gotta go there... your pics are marvellous! golo

  • jadedmuse's Profile Photo
    Jun 20, 2005 at 8:02 PM

    Thanks for your comments Lady! I'm making a note to come back and check out your Banff pages...never been but would love to visit one day. Ditto Vancouver.

  • SpagBoll's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2005 at 4:22 AM

    Facinating, and a good reminder to us all to show consideration. Keep on Truckin'

  • Robdaz's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2005 at 12:44 PM

    Fully agreed with all the previous comments. Great pics of animals . Wish I was there!


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