CALGARY, ALBERTA – Canada – Though Banff is a relatively small village, tons of visitors flock to the area for its numerous tourist attractions.
Banff National Park is well known for its scenic countryside, picture-perfect landmarks and unique wildlife. It is also a haven for those who prefer the classy hustle and discrete bustle of chic boutiques, fine restaurants and nightclubs.
The beauty of Banff lies in the fact that city-life and nature’s grandeur is a stone’s throw away from each other. See which of these Banff Tourist Attractions fit your fancy.
Go to The Castle (aka Banff Springs Hotel)
Banff National Park was established When natural hot springs was discovered in the area way back in 1883. Five years later, Banff Springs Hotel was built and its doors were open to wealthy train travelers from Europe who arrived in the region to “take the waters.” The Castle was designated in 1992 as a National Historic Site.
See yourself smile in Sunshine Meadows
Sunshine Meadows is the Canadian Rockies’ most stunning alpine view. The highest peaks in the Rockies are located around Sunshine Meadows. The highest peak in Banff National Park is Mt. Assiniboine. Come autumn, the summer flowers in the meadows are brilliant to behold and the wildlife is just as flourishing.
Find yourself in Bow Lake
Bow Lake is a glacier-fed blue-colored lake located on the Highway 93 north of Lake Louise. There is a rustic and intimate lodge situated on the shore called Num-Ti-Jah Lodge – a native word which means pine marten (a ferocious yet small animal living in the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains). The lodge was built way back in 1937 by Jimmy Simpson.
Familiarize yourself with the Rockies via Canada Place
Canada Place is situated in a building that has long housed the administration office of Parks Canada since 1963. This attraction is family-friendly and provides visitors with a user-friendly touch screen technology to assist them in discovering the area’s numerous attractions.
Go picnicking in Vermillion Lakes
Pack your picnic baskets and lunch out on the dock while savoring the stunning scenery offered by Sulphur Mountain and Mount Rundle. See bald eagles quietly nesting on the trees and geese breeding in the marshlands. Listen to the whistle of the Canadian Pacific Rail locomotives – a sound which has been heard in the valley for more than a century.
If you want to know more of what to see, do and enjoy in the Canadian Rockies, go to Canadian Rockies now.