Banff History - Banff National Park - Hiking Alberta

 

Touring the Town of Banff in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.

 

 

Occasionally, there is a day when it seems important to relax, revisit and refresh.  The leisurely drive east on Tunnel Mountain Road in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada above the Town of Banff proceeds with no particular objective in mind beyond enjoying fresh air, sunshine and magnificent mountain vistas. 

Lunchtime accidentally coincides with arrival at the Banff Hoodoos viewpoint on Tunnel Mountain.  Below, the Bow River below is running high.  The world-famous Banff Springs Hotel lies resplendent in the distance and the infamous hoodoos stand firm over the Bow River circle with landmark Mount Rundle in the background.

 

Banff Hoodoos - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Entrance at Banff Hoodoos on Tunnel Mountain Road above the Town of Banff

 

Banff Hoodoos - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada The Bow River circle with hoodoos in front and Mount Rundle in the background

 

Banff Hoodoos - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada The Bow River circle with hoodoos in front and Mount Rundle in the background

 

Banff Hoodoos - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada The Bow River circle with hoodoos in front, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Banff Hoodoos - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Banff Springs Hotel at photo left in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Banff Hoodoos - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada The Banff Springs Hotel taken from the Hoodoos viewpoint in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

The Town of Banff hosts many meticulously maintained historic homes which tell stories of the town's development.  These pioneer dwellings are spread throughout the town and a pamphlet available at the Banff Visitor Centre on the main street, Banff Avenue, provides guidance on a fascinating walk through history. 

A few of these heritage homes are resident on Beaver Street directly behind the Banff Visitor Centre.

 

Banff Townsite - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Beaver Lodge - A pioneer residence in Banff Town, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Banff Townsite - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Beaver Lodge 1914 - 212 Beaver Street, Banff, Alberta, Canada

 

Banff Townsite - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Tanglewood - Pioneer residence in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Banff Townsite - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Tanglewood 1887 - 208 Beaver Street, Banff Townsite in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Banff Townsite - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada The Luxton Residence Interpretive Plaque - Banff Townsite, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Banff Townsite - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada The Luxton Residence 1906 - 206 Beaver Street, Banff Townsite, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Banff Town Cemetery - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Norman Luxton - Larger than life and a huge contributor to building the Town of Banff

 

From the Luxton Residence at 206 Beaver Street in the Town of Banff,  the next stop will be the historic Banff Cemetery at the end of Beaver Street on Buffalo Street.  One entrance, with a bit of parking, is near the Transformer Substation where electrical power was first introduced to the Town of Banff near 1905 from Bankhead below nearby Lake Minnewanka.

 

Banff Town Cemetery - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada The Transformer Substation Transformer Building Interpretive plaque near the entrance to Banff Cemetery

 

Banff Town Cemetery - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada The Transformer Substation 1905 - 606 Buffalo Street, Banff Town, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Cemeteries often reveal unique locations of historical significance where grave stones tell fascinating stories, often of legendary proportion.  A cemetery provides a profound sense of peace which can be very relaxing as the stroll through chronological history conjures up images of life long ago and hardships endured.

 

Banff Town Cemetery - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Historic markers combine with more recent history to create a record of memories.

 

Banff Town Cemetery - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Tom Wilson - Trail Blazer of the Canadian Rockies - 1882 - Banff National Park

 

Banff Town Cemetery - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada A place of peace hosts fallen soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the way of life we enjoy today.

 

Banff Town Cemetery - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Military Markers - Town of Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Banff Town Cemetery - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Banff Town Cemetery - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Banff Town Cemetery - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Always, extra time is given at the grave sites of young children where a deep sense of calm and sadness often preside.  Life then was hard in a much different way.

 

Banff Town Cemetery - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Banff Town Cemetery - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Banff Town Cemetery - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Banff Town Cemetery - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Markers with familiar family surnames summon wonder about potential relationships.

 

Banff Town Cemetery - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Familiar family names present relationship possibilities

 

The tombstone of a young bride tugs at the heart-strings.  Surrounding markers tell more of the story.

 

Banff Town Cemetery - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

The walking tour in the Town of Banff provides a grand, fascinating day with several kilometers of walking and discovery.

 

Our circumstances answer to our expectations. - Thoreau 

From:  'Summit Stones and Adventure Musings' by DSD

 

 

 

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