A view of Two Jack Lake in Banff National Park is shown in this undated handout photo.

A view of Two Jack Lake in Banff National Park is shown in this undated handout photo.
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Canada’s Banff National Park one of top 21 destinations for 2017: National Geographic

Canada’s Banff National Park in the Western province of Alberta has been named one of the world’s 21-must see places for 2017 by National Geographic Traveler magazine.

“With its rugged peaks, meadowed valleys, and turquoise-blue lakes, Banff offers everything from mountain hikes and horseback excursions to hot spring soaks and luxury accommodations—making it an ideal destination for the 2017 celebration of our northern neighbor’s 150th anniversary of nationhood and the perfect place to escape to for answers to life’s questions,” says writer Norie Quintos who featured the park in this month’s edition of the magazine.

Banff park is the only Canadian entry on the magazine’s list, which also advises readers to visit Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, the cloud forests of Ecuador and the Via Dinarica trail in the Western Balkans.

“Banff is no ordinary small town,” Quintos writes. “It sits in the middle of Canada’s first and arguably best national park, 2,500 square miles of Rocky Mountain splendor carpeted with pine and spruce trees and riddled with glaciers bleeding blue into clear lakes—a space big and bold enough to support huge numbers of wildlife, including such so-called megafauna as wolves, elk, cougars, moose, black bears, and grizzlies.”

Alberta’s Minister of Culture and Tourism Ricardo Miranda said he was “thrilled” the park made it to the prestigious list.

“Alberta is a place of incredible scenery, people and spirit,” Miranda said in a statement. “We wholeheartedly agree that Banff is one of the world’s must see destinations.”

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