Archeological Sites in Banff National Park

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The valleys, passes and mountainous areas that make up Banff National Park have been used for over 10,000 years by early humans. As of 2004, 766 archaeological sites have been discovered in Banff, including 416 aboriginal sites and 309 historic sites. Each site has contained traces of past human activity such as arrowheads, tools, or historic structures.

Examples of historic sites discovered in Banff include the remains of two coal mining towns - Anthracite and Bankhead - which can be found along the Lake Minnewanka Loop. Some sites in the Vermilion Wetlands area have been dated to 10,800 years ago and are among the oldest archaeological sites known in Western Canada.

Cultural and natural resources are protected in the park, and you must not disturb them. Provincial laws protect archaeological resources.

Location (Approximate): 
1 Banff Avenue
Banff, AB
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