|Looking down Banff Avenue
First among those was the Banff Springs Hotel, which today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Once you arrive in Banff and see the spectacular scenery of Bow Mountain standing sentinel at the end of Banff Avenue, you understand the attraction and reasoning of the railroad officials.
|View of Banff Springs Hotel from Bow River.
But there are plenty of trails to hike and places to explore at this alpine destination. Here’s a one-day plan of experiences you might enjoy in Banff.
|Bow Falls--a perfect photo op
|Panoramic view of Banff and valley from top of Sulphur Mt.
|Lake Minnewanka is surrounded by sharp mountain peaks.
As you walk along the lakeshore trail, bright turquoise water surrounded by sharp-peaked mountains makes for idyllic scenery. Wade into the cold water, if you dare, or just soak in the sun on any of several rock outcroppings.
|The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel retains its historic ambience.
|Outstanding view of Bow Lake from the hotel's outdoor deck.