Tunnel Mountain

 Posted by on October 24, 2003  Banff National Park  Add comments
Oct 242003
 

Tunnel Mountain from the trans Canada Highway...

Tunnel Mountain from the trans Canada Highway…

Tunnel Mountain is just a small peak in the heart of the Banff townsite.

In spite of this fact it is still one of my favorite places to go, and I recommend it to anyone who is in Banff to get out and walk up easy trail to the summit. It only takes about 20 minutes to get there.

The Bow Valley from the top of Tunnel Mountain

The Bow Valley from the top of Tunnel Mountain

The day I took these pictures was in March 2002, it was about 25 below zero and there were a lot of ice crystals in the air. That sounds cold but the wind was not a blowing.

The view across the valley was pristine and peaceful, but on one warm summer day I had the pleasure of a private Shakespearean performance by some very personable students from the Banff Centre.

You may not be so lucky, but because the hike is so short perhaps you could plan to have lunch on the mountain. There’s plenty of room on top. Take some wine, cheese and a baguette and a blanket to lie on and just luxuriate in the sunny warmth and diorama of the town.

To find Tunnel Mountain just head east from downtown Banff then turn right when you get to the last street. Park where the road tops out, you’ll see the trailhead and parking. You can also start lower at the Banff Center.

Have a nice hike! Oh… and don’t forget your climbing equipment.

Hey I see something in the trees

Hey I see something in the trees

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them. [Twelfth Night]

William Shakespeare
1564-1616, British Poet, Playwright, Actor

He took the br de about the neck and kissed her lips with such a clamorous smack that at the parting all the church did echo.

William Shakespeare
1564-1616, British Poet, Playwright, Actor

Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety. Other women cloy the appetites they feed, but she makes hungry where most she satisfies.

William Shakespeare
1564-1616, British Poet, Playwright, Actor

Present fears are less than horrible imaginings.

William Shakespeare
1564-1616, British Poet, Playwright, Actor