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I was camping in Canmore one morning when my husband woke me up and told me I needed to grab my camera and photograph the clouds clearing over the surrounding mountains. We had had a rainstorm the night before, so the morning mist and clouds were thick. It was spectacular to watch them rapidly enshrouding and revealing the jagged mountain peaks over the next couple of hours.
Banff National Park in Alberta became Canada’s first national park in 1885 and offers spectacular scenery of the Rocky Mountains, including snow-capped peaks, turquoise glacial lakes, valleys of wildflowers and verdant green forests. It is home to many animals such as grizzly bears, mountain goats, cougars, moose, beavers and bighorn sheep. The nearby township of Canmore lies outside the park’s borders but nonetheless offers the same spectacular scenery and wildlife.
Some of the best known natural areas of Banff National Park include the Bow River Valley, Lake Minnewanka, Plain of the Six Glaciers, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Johnston Canyon Falls. These are just some of the scenes that can be taken in through Banff’s 1600 km (994 miles) of hiking trails.