The Canadian Rockies Net is proud to present this on-line sample of Backcountry Banff by local naturalist and author Mike Potter.
Backcountry Banff provides detailed information on the extensive network of trails in world-renowned Banff National Park. This guidebook elaborates on the superlative scenery and intriguing history that attract outdoor enthusiasts to the fascinating natural areas of Canada’s first national park.
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Describes over 125 outings, including pleasurable walks, invigorating hikes, enriching backpacking trips, and adventurous off-trail scrambles.
- Outlines more than 1100 kilometres of trails and routes in Banff National Park.
- Gives highlights of the park’s natural and human heritage.
- Features over 150 of the author’s photographs illustrating wildlife, wildflowers, and wild country.
- Includes six maps and a comprehensive introduction.
My first experience of hiking in Banff National Park came over twenty years ago. It was when I started work as a park interpreter here in 1986, however, that I began in earnest to explore the region. The summer of 1990, during which I took a leave of absence from my park position, was a glorious opportunity to go on several long backpacking excursions into the more remote areas of the park…
My wish is that these insights and this information will be apparent in this book, and that Backcountry Banff will prove useful and helpful in developing and cultivating a sense of this wonderful multi-faceted place.
Banff National Park encompasses much of enduring interest and provides ample scope to engage in adventure. I hope you enjoy the richness of its heritage. Mike Potter