BANFF, AB — Banff has been named to National Geographic Traveler magazine's Best of the World list, which highlights 21 must-see places to visit in 2017, it was announced Nov. 17.
Banff is the only Canadian destination named to the list.
The 21 destinations were chosen by Traveler editors. The full list can be found in the December/January 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine, available on newsstands starting November 29.
“I am thrilled Banff, Alberta has been named to National Geographic Traveler's Best of the World list,” said Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Alberta Culture and Tourism. “This is a prestigious honour and we could not be more thrilled with the recognition of our province. Alberta is a place of incredible scenery, people and spirit. We wholeheartedly agree that Banff is one of the world's must see destinations. It is one of many locations in the Rocky Mountains and Alberta that offers visitors a great vacation experience.”
“This is amazing recognition for Banff, Alberta and Canada. The Canadian Rockies are an iconic, breathtaking destination that offers travellers truly spectacular moments,” says Royce Chwin, CEO of Travel Alberta. “We couldn't be more proud to be part of National Geographic Traveler's prestigious list, especially heading into Canada's 150th anniversary.”
Banff National Park is Canada's first national park, founded in 1885, and is renowned for its Rocky Mountain beauty, wildlife and recreational activities. Parks Canada strives to protect the region's wildlife and environment for the enjoyment of future generations. The mountain town of Banff and hamlet of Lake Louise are revered by skiers, snowboarders, campers, hikers and nature lovers around the world.