Service. Banff National Park, established in 1885 in Alberta, was not the first National Park. That honor belongs to Yellowstone in the U.S. established in 1872.
However Canada was the first country in the world to designate a National Park Service. The Confederation of Canada was established in 1867. To honor its 150th birthday, Canada is offering free National Park Passes for the entire year.
This image of Lake Moraine in Banff National Park was made available by Wikimedia.