- By John
- On Oct 19, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
All the elements of heaven surround Banff National Park in Alberta. I have traveled to many beautiful locations in the USA and Canada. This is probably one of the most beautiful displays of nature I have ever experienced. To begin your Banff trip with the Banff tour from Vancouver on the site.
BOW FALLS AND BOW RIVER TRAIL
Bow Falls doesn’t look like most waterfalls; they are short and wide. This is one of the more popular attractions in Banff. It’s amazing to view the valley that was eroded by glaciers and by the river over the years.
There is also a trail you can access by climbing a flight of stairs. It wraps around the back of the falls. You can also enter from the town of Banff, along with the south side of the river.
I thought the weather might be on the cool side since we were nestled in the middle of the Canadian Rockies. The weather was perfect, and we were quite toasty in the August sun. It was surprising to see the snow was completely melted off the mountains. The water is so crystal clear and sparkles like glass. It almost seems as if the water is not real, the turquoise color is just stunning. It reminded me of the beautiful waters of Oahu, Hawaii.
This vast Wonderland is Canada’s oldest national park, it was established in 1885. The park is 110 km west of Calgary. Included in the 6600 square km of mountainous terrain are several glaciers, ice fields, forest, and alpine landscapes. The Icefields stretch from Lake Louise, and on to Jasper National Park.
It’s a short drive from Bow River Falls to Tunnel Mountain. There are two different view points, and several hiking trails up this way as well. The mountain is surrounded by the entire grounds of the Banff Springs Hotel and the town of Banff.
It’s a short drive up the hill from the falls, to get these views. Just when we arrived on the higher ground, it clouded over and started to drizzle. The weather did not help at all with getting clear shots of the mountain.