Banff (pronounced bamf
) is the only urban center in Canada
not populated by Canadians
. Calling it urban
is a bit of a misnomer
because it is technically a National Park
. The government always talks about stopping development inside the borders of Banff National Park, but I wonder if the damage
is already too extensive.
Geographically, Banff lays in the intersection of three valley
s, and is surrounded by many mountains
. These valleys are animal migration routes, which is why I mention the damage
that the growth of Banff causes.
Tourism in Banff is nothing short of insane
, both in summer and winter. Summer brings many camera
who seek the local wildlife
. Winter brings ski bums
in quantity. All breeds of man can be found touring around Banff, although Japanese
people seem to make up a real majority.
Even the shops are run by tourists
who are usually students
travelling the world who need to make money
. You'll most commonly find Europeans
running the shops, mostly because they speak English
. The winter of 2000 brought many Australians
There are many places to ski
near Banff, such as Sunshine Village, Castle Mountain, Lake Louise and Norquay. Last year's (2000) snow sucked
, with a base of under two meters for the whole season.
One of the cooler things in Banff is the Upper Hot Springs
. The pool there is naturally heated, although lately the water has needed extra warming. Mmmm.. sulphur
I almost forgot, Banff is the STD
capital of Canada. Many young
tourists make for much free love. If you really want to get laid
you should try the bar scene in Banff. Just remember to take a condom