Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest and most famous national park. It was founded in 1885 after the discovery of the Cave and Basin Hot Springs. From humble beginnings as a 26 square kilometre hot springs reserve, Banff National Park now consists of 6,641 square kilometres of unparalleled mountain scenery nestled in the heart of the magnificent Canadian Rockies. Each year, millions of visitors come to Banff to marvel at the emerald waters of Lake Louise, walk amongst the flower-filled heavens at Sunshine Meadows, and drive beneath the towering jagged peaks lining the Ice fields Parkway between Banff and Jasper.
Ten thousand years ago, natives camped on the shores of the Vermilion Lakes beneath the windswept peak of Mount Rundle. They were the only people here to enjoy the mountain landscape, the beautiful sunrises and the hot springs. Nearly ten millennia later, a struggling nation forged a crazy dream of connecting itself from sea to sea with steel rails, and from this railway venture was born Canada’s most famous park, Banff National Park.
Banff National Park contains some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world. Snow-capped peaks, glistening glaciers, ice fields, alpine meadows, blue cold crystal clear lakes, raging rivers, mineral hot springs, deep canyons, hoodoos and sweeping vistas are just one part of the allure of Banff National Park. The park is also the home of some of North America’s wildest creatures, including black and grizzly bears, caribou and wolves.
Banff and Lake Louis are two major towns in Banff National Park. As the largest town in the park, Banff is “Canada’s Highest Town” at 1384 m (4540 ft) above sea level. Lake Louise, with its blue-green water set against the stark backdrop of Victoria Glacier, is the highest permanent settlement in Canada at 1,536m (5,039 feet) above the sea level and probably the most beloved and most photographed scene in the Canadian Rockies.
In Banff National Park, driving through the Bow Valley Parkway, one of the world’s most scenic highways, is a good opportunity to see animals, particularly deer, bears and moose. Banff National Park is part of the UNESCO Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site.
From humble beginnings
the early signs or stages of something that later develops into something bigger or more important
I think I have the beginnings of a cold.
from humble/small beginnings
He rose from humble beginnings to great wealth.
an area of land where wild animals and plants are protected SYN reservation , preserve American English :
a wildlife reserve → nature reserve
bigger, better, or worse than anything else
an achievement unparalleled in sporting history
an unparalleled success
a period of unparalleled economic prosperity
literary to be surrounded by something, especially hills or countryside
a tiny village nestling among the foothills of the French Alps
very good or beautiful, and very impressive
a magnificent performance
The twelve-mile coastline has magnificent scenery.
She looked magnificent in a long red dress.
a bright green colour
in or through the middle of a group of people or things
The girl quickly disappeared among the crowd.
I could hear voices coming from somewhere among the bushes.
We walked among the chestnut woods on the mountain slopes.
She began rummaging among the books on her desk.
ￚsee also between
in or to a lower position than something, or directly under something SYN underneath :
The dolphins disappeared beneath the waves.
Jo enjoyed feeling the warm sand beneath her feet.
He was standing on the bridge looking at the river beneath.
Some roofs collapsed beneath the weight of (= unable to support the weight of ) so much snow.
great towering cliffs
having a rough or pointed edge or surface
the broken bottle’s jagged edge
the jagged rocks of St.Saviour’s Point
to form rows along the sides of something :
Crowds lined the route to the palace.
be lined with something
The street was lined with small shops.
a tree-lined avenue
a place that is windswept is often windy because there are not many trees or buildings to protect it
a windswept desert
the windswept ruins of an ancient city
any period of 1,000 years:
2000 through 1001 is the 2d millennium
to try extremely hard to achieve something, even though it is very difficult
struggle to do something
She’s struggling to bring up a family alone.
The airline is struggling with high costs.
Millions of people are struggling for survival.
Firms are struggling against a prolonged recession.
[ transitive ] to develop something new, especially a strong relationship with other people, groups, or countries SYN form
forge a relationship/alliance/link etc (with somebody)
In 1776 the United States forged an alliance with France.
The two women had forged a close bond.
Back in the 1980s, they were attempting to forge a new kind of rock music.
a new business activity that involves taking risks
joint venture (=when two companies do something together)
snow-capped mountains are covered in snow at the top
to shine and look wet or oily
The boy’s back was glistening with sweat.
glistening black hair
a field with wild grass and flowers
continuing or moving with great natural force
a raging storm
a raging sea
The fire had become a raging blaze.
including or having an effect on many things; EXTENSIVE:
a view of a large area of beautiful scenery
stunning vistas of the Norfolk coast
a pleasant vista
An endless vista of tedious days and nights stretched before us.
(an) attraction; charm:
a mysterious, exciting, or desirable quality
the allure of foreign travel
At 50, she had lost none of her physical allure.
the plural of wolf
very plain in appearance, with little or no colour or decoration
In the cold dawn light, the castle looked stark and forbidding.
the stark beauty of New Mexico
the scenery behind something that you are looking at
The sea made a splendid backdrop to the garden.
loved very much by someone
He never recovered from the death of his beloved daughter.
He’s always talking about his beloved computer!
a book beloved of children everywhere
surrounded by views of beautiful countryside
a region of scenic beauty