Banff, Alberta (Part 1 of 2)

Visiting Banff was my first time really travelling since Europe, and it felt good to see a new place, especially one within Canada.

As you probably know, Banff is a beautiful but very small town located in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta. It is very popular with tourists, especially Japanese tourists. Even though this is not a peak time of year, the town was buzzing with people of multiple nationalities and tour buses everywhere.

The people living here are very friendly. After getting off the bus from Calgary, I stood at the side of street trying to locate my hostel on the map. Within minutes, a very nice lady driving a pizza delivery car stopped, got out, and asked where I was trying to go. When I got lost again (minutes later), I checked my map again, causing yet someone else to ask me if I needed assistance, even calling a taxi for me. The hospitality didn’t stop here, but more on that later.

In this photo, you can see many nicely decorated shops within the mountains in the background. Aside from the natural splendor, this town derives its character from maintaining a unique architectural style in its buildings. They haven’t sold out or destroyed this uniqueness in the name of “progress”. Saint John, are you listening?!

This is part of the trail I went on going up Tunnel Mountain. The total distance of the trail is 2.4 km, one way, with a total elevation gain of 800 feet. The map guide identifies this as a “moderate” hike. The views of the surrounding mountains proved very rewarding.

Here you can see many mountains and the town of Banff below. This picture unfortunately doesn’t do it much justice, but the view is quite spectacular in person. In the distance, somewhat obscured in this view, is the highway coming from Calgary.

It was hard to get bored of looking at these mammoth creations of nature. The only time you see anything like this in Saint John is when you look at an Alpine bottle.

Another shot of the mountains. Trees cover the valleys between the mountains, with small pathways in some areas for the train tracks and roads to sneak through.

In my next post, I will post the rest of my Banff pictures that are my favourites, and make a larger set available in my gallery. Check back soon!

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