The small town Banff, like Lake Louise, is one of the most popular places to stay within the national park. In 2019, we spend a few days there and treat ourselves with a magical night at the famous Chateau Fairmont. The latter was built in 1888 to promote tourism along the Canadian Pacific Railway connecting the east and west of the country.
We show Monique und Michel around the village of Banff. A perfect opportunity to take the Banff Gondola to admire the village and its surroundings from another perspective. After gaining nearly 700 meters of altitude on Sulphur Mountain, we visit an small exhibition in the top station and enjoy the panoramic view. As it is not uncommon at this time of the year, we distinguish for the first time a quite smoky landscape due to a forest fire raging not far from Jasper for the last few days.
In 2019, we go for a hike at Johnston Canyon not far from Banff. The trail leads us through beautiful rock formations to the lower and upper waterfalls. After a few kilometers of climbing through the forest, we finally reach the mineral water springs. These small pools are called Ink Pots because of their different colors ranging from blue to green.