A Day in Banff Town
Wednesday morning, we woke up to some brisk mountain air at our campsite on Two Jack Lake in Banff National Park. The water in the lake mirrored the mountains beneath the morning mist – what a great sight to start off our day in Banff! We had a quick, warm meal and headed into town to explore.
We browsed through the shops in this quaint little mountain town before taking on our first Banff hike: Tunnel Mountain. It was a short, fairly easy hike up one of the smaller mountains in town whose summit provides great panoramic views of the town nestled in the Bow Valley. Fun fact about Banff: The Town of Banff is actually located within Banff National Park and its boundaries are fixed by federal law to prevent further development and reduce human impact on the rest of the park life. Banff is one of only two of these unique national park communities (Jasper being the other which we will see early next week!).
Having got an aerial view of the historic Fairmont Banff Springs from the top of Tunnel Mountain, we decided to head down to get a closer look. On our way to the hotel, we stopped by to admire the popular Bow Falls which illustrates how the Bow Valley has been carved out by rushing glacier water. Although we didn’t spend much time at the Fairmont, we did take the time to appreciate the beauty and massive size of the chateau … and, of course, to fantasize about being able to afford to stay a night or two in such a lavish accommodation.
Finally, we finished off our day with a drive around the Minnewanka Scenic Loop before settling in to our slice of life on Two Jack Lake.
Our next adventure is to discover the highly anticipated, one-of-a-kind Lake Louise 🙂
Adam & Amanda