The Bow River
From most vantage points around Banff and Lake Louise, it’s easy to see the ribbon of emerald blue water that curves along the valley bottom. The headwaters of the Bow River are found at the Bow Glacier, high up among the summits that line the Icefields Parkway. Where the rushing waters pass by the village of Lake Louise begins a stretch of paddling that’s popular for good reason. Connecting the communities of Banff and Lake Louise via the river for which the valley is named is a well worthy adventure.
The Trails of Tunnel Mountain and Beyond
Banff’s smallest summit provides easy access to the outdoors that participants of the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival need as much as food and water. You’ll find many a local getting their daily dose of trail running, mountain biking or rock climbing on Tunnel Mountain.
The summit viewpoint overlooks the town of Banff, but it also provides clear sightlines to the endless chain of the Canadian Rockies. The route up Tunnel Mountain joins more than 1600 kilometres of trails that wind through the forests and alpine of Banff National Park. For those seeking inspiration for adventure, the mountains have the answer.