Banff & Jasper Rocky Mountains National Parks
In the fall of 1883, three Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers stumbled across a cave containing hot springs on the eastern slopes of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. From that humble beginning was born Banff National Park, spanning 6,641 square kilometers of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers. Jasper National Park, with its 10,878 square kilometers, spread even larger. Significant numbers of elk, bighorn sheep, as well as grizzly bears, mountain lions, wolves and wolverines make these contiguous parks one of the great-protected ecosystems remaining in the Rocky Mountains. This vast wilderness of unparalleled beauty is listed as a World Heritage site.