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In the fall of 1883, three Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers stumbled across a cave containing hot springs on the eastern slopes of Alberta's Rocky Mountains. From that humble beginning was born Banff National Park, Canada's first national park and the world's third. Spanning 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers, Banff National Park is one of the world's premier destination spots.

Wonderful walk. Forested up hill for 1 hour. Then level walk for about 1 mile to clearing and amazing views. Out and back 3 1/2 hours.

I really liked this hike, its moderate upholl hike the whole time, great views, it took us less than 3 hours in total.

hiking
10 hours ago

hiking
11 hours ago

Great hike, plenty of variation.

Great hike. Even better view

Nice hike up to a really decent glacial bowl. Maybe a bit too much in the trees at the start but it's worth it.

18 hours ago

Makes for a nice easy one night backpacking trip or day trip. Decent elevation gain with 500+m but very well trodden and level trail. We stayed the night up at the lake - beautiful spot to relax and fish (no catches but there are a lot of fish in the lake!). Very buggy around the lake.

hiking
19 hours ago

hiking
20 hours ago

The green Tower Lake was really beautiful. Then there's the crazy steep hike up Rockbound Lake. There's a nice view of Tower Lake from up the switchbacks. The Rockbound amphitheatre is enormous. The lake itself was sea blue when we were there. The hike was all worth it.

The first two kilometers or so isn't a hike- it's a paved interpretive trail with a green metal safety railing to prevent people going off trail or falling. If you get there late you won't find parking in the first lot. Once you pass the upper falls you will be on an easy, wide hiking trail to ink pots. And yes, they are beautiful as is the valley that surrounds them.