Everywhere you drive in Banff is utterly amazing–from monstrous peaks to roaring rivers. Speaking of roars, you’ll most likely spot plenty of wildlife too. For that, you can thank the park planners who installed a series of animal overpasses and underpasses that have prevented countless wrecks over the last twenty or so years.
It isn’t just collisions these ingenious paths prevent. In the past, major roads have ruined critical migration routes for many species. It turns out that when science meets construction, we can solve a lot of problems. In fact, this new method is so effective that countries around the world have adopted the practice.
During my time in Banff, I stayed at Kananaskis Mountain Lodge. It was absolutely beautiful, complete with a Nordic Spa that was worth every penny. Nordic spas are known for their unusual cycle of alternating between hot, cold, and relaxation. You make your way through the outlined course of saunas and steam baths, to frigid water plunges, to cozy fireside lounges. It’s great fun, and even greater on a clear night of stargazing. They also ban all phones and cameras, so you’ll avoid influencers in the wild.
As promised, here is a virtual tour
through Banff’s Ink Pots.
Once you’re reached the Upper Falls of Johnston Canyon, you can continue on towards the Ink Pots. You won’t want to miss these 7 cold mineral springs, dotting the open meadows between the forests and several impressive mountain ranges.
A large portion of the hike winds through woods. I was almost certain there was an animal walking alongside us in the brush–so be aware. You may encounter a bear or a mountain lion the animal overpasses protect.
Once you reach the open meadows, you’ll spot the intense blue-green waters Banff is famous for. Inspect the ponds closely and you’ll see small rings on the bottom of the beds below. If you’re patient, you can watch air bubbling and rising to the surface. These springs have a constant temperature of 39°F and their basins are quicksand. Be sure to admire only at a safe distance.
Banff was founded in 1885.
It was the world’s 3rd National Park.
In 1984, Banff became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The city of Banff has an elevation of 4,537 feet, making it the highest town in Canada.
Banff boasts over 1,000 miles of hiking trails.
That’s it for my Banff adventures. Now let’s head to Calgary and see what that little city is all about.