Gryphon Park
Banff 2001:

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Banff has the distinction of being Canada's first national park. Though it was originally designated a national park due to the hot springs in the area, it is the spectacular mountain scenery that makes Banff a gem.

Mount Rundle
Lake Minnewanka
Vermilion Lakes
Mountains from Vermilion Lakes

Wildlife in Banff

Banff is more impressive on the scenic front than the wildlife front. At least it seemed that way after being spoiled by the abundance of the wildlife in Yellowstone. Elk are the most common large animals. Bighorn sheep are also frequently seen.