Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

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An hour and a half by car from the center of Calgary, Alberta is Banff, the national park which showcases the beauty of the Canadian rockies. At this time of the year, the fall season seems close to winter. The fresh frigid breeze blows from Mount Rundle, Banff’s tallest summit. The waterfowls are seen in the prairies and nearby rivers just like in other Canadian mountain ecosystems like Jasper, Yoho, and Kootenay National Parks.

Except for the evergreens, the upright trees have lost their leaves and the sun has turned pale, its rays slanted as the day wears on. With an imposing natural landscape which is better seen than described, Banff is truly a special place to remember.

Founded in 1887, Banff National Park is the first of several World Heritage sites in Canada designated by the United Nations. It is part of the immense rockies that trace the continental divide at the border of Alberta and British Columbia. Displaying one of the earth’s most tantalizing mountain views, rock formations, and picturesque valleys, Banff is home to pristine lakes, meandering streams, pine-covered plains, snow-draped mountains and a protected wildlife reserve.

At certain times of the day, Banff is misty, hugged by stunning clouds which descend on narrow gulleys and rugged cliffs. The frosted powdery mountain caps reflect the sheen of the sun which enthralls the eyes and makes one feel closer to God’s glorious creation. (Photo Credits: Jill Bermillo-Ocampo)=0=

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Jill Bermillo and hubby Ferdie Ocampo from Naga City & Balatan, Camarines Sur and residents of Shawnessy, Calgary, Canada played host on October 10 to 14, 2008. May I express our sincere gratitude for their hospitality.—AFM =0=

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