Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail was created in 2010, to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Banff National Park and officially opened by Prince Edward. It links the communities of Canmore and Banff and is a testament to, and celebration of the values of the national park, encouraging visitors and Bow Valley residents to explore the landscape in an environmentally friendly way.The National Park is Canada’s oldest, established in 1885 and encompassing 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 sq miles) of mountainous terrain, with numerous glaciers and ice fields. It is the most visited Alberta tourist destination and one of the most visited national parks in North America, with more than three million tourists annually. During summer, 51 percent of park visitors are from Canada (30 percent from Alberta), while 31 percent are from the United States and 14 percent from Europe. In 1984, Banff was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the mountain landscapes containing mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, canyons and limestone caves as well as fossil beds.
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