Alberta is home to some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes on the planet and Albertans are deeply committed to protecting and preserving wild spaces and wildlife. Banff was established as Canada’s first national park in 1885 and is today the third oldest in the world. In our five national parks, you’ll discover UNESCO World Heritage sites, history that goes back millions of years, rare wildlife and scenery that takes your breath away. These spaces were established to protect sensitive ecosystems and the creatures that rely on them. They also provide a place to gaze deep into nature and feel a sense of your place within it.