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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Markers with familiar family surnames summon wonder about potential relationships.
The tombstone of a young bride tugs at the heart-strings. Surrounding markers tell more of the story.
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