Welcome to Banff Town
A resort town with boutique shops, nightclubs and fancy restaurants is not something any national-park purist would want to claim credit for. But Banff is no ordinary town. It developed not as a residential district, but as a service center for the park that surrounds it. Today it brings busloads of tourists keen to convene with shops as much as nature, as well as artists and writers who are drawn to Banff.
Nevertheless, wander 15 minutes in any direction and you're in wild country, a primeval food chain of bears, elk and wolves. Banff civilized? It's just a rumor.