|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.|
Even if you’re not staying at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, walk through its historic, art-filled corridors. Pause for a pre-dinner drink or snack on the outdoor deck overlooking Bow River. Admire the landscaping filled with colorful summer blooms and a multitude of overflowing hanging baskets, just another reason why the legendary “Castle in the Rockies” has been attracting visitors to Banff for more than 125 years.
|Outstanding view of Bow Lake from the hotel's outdoor deck.|