Lying just inside the national park, Banff is a lively mountain town whose history is closely tied to the railway through the Rocky Mountains. It remains a popular destination for travellers on Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tours looking to enjoy breathtaking scenery and year round activities.
Sights and Attractions
A few of the sights and attractions are outlined below, contact us at Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tours for more information.
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
The National Park system of Canada started at this site in 1885 after the discovery of hot springs water in a natural cave pool, and a museum charts its history. For those who want to sample the local mineral water though, the nearby Upper Hot Springs is a large public pool that offers views of the Bow Valley.
Bow River & Falls
Located below the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, the dominant landmark in the surrounding area, Bow Falls tumble over a wide, low lip near the confluence with Spray River, where rafting tours are available.
For spectacular views of Banff and no fewer than 6 mountain ranges head to the year-round Banff Gondola up Sulphur Mountain.
Once you have reached the terminal you can enjoy an easy walk along an interpretative walkway, or there are several other scenic trails for the more adventurous hikers.
Along the Bow Valley Parkway, a picturesque alternative to the main highway between Banff and Lake Louise where it is possible to see wildlife, you will find Johnston Canyon which has 2 impressive waterfalls, the lower of which is easily accessible by a boardwalk with signs explaining the fascinating geology.
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