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Banff Springs Memorial
Banff Springs Memorial
March 2014

However, located in Treaty 7 territory, for the Blackfoot Confederacy, Tsuut'ina First Nations, and Stoney Nakoda Nations the Banff Springs were a sacred site for over 10,000 years.

The springs were ‘discovered’ in 1888 by two railway workers. The two men wanted to turn the site into a for-profit tourist destination, however, the Canadian government instead designated the land as public property, therefore initiating the birthplace of Canada’s National Park system and one of the largest networks of protected landscapes in the world.