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Shhh – Secrets of Banff, Alberta
Banff National Park, Alberta
I am aware of the irony of writing a blog that will be read by thousands telling everyone about a secret. However, it is my duty as Banff Insider to share with you not just the obvious beauties of the Canadian Rockies and not just the abundance of activities but also the smaller things where you don’t want to be surrounded by the masses. The best things in life are free, except for women and money, and this little spot just over the Bow Valley River is a superb place to experience the best of Banff quietly and in peace.
Once you cross the bridge, you are faced with two options. Left will bring you to Banff Gondola, Banff Springs Hotel and more. Right is Cave Avenue – a fairly residential area with only the Cave and Basin being a tourist attraction. This is the beauty of it. Once the sun goes down, don your warm clothes and walk along the river path and stop just before you get to the basketball court. You will see a beautifully lit Pagoda where you will get some of your best photos in the Rockies. There are benches to sit down on and a little BBQ to cook some food if you felt so inclined. Not that I would recommend it due to its illegality, but it is a great place to bring a bottle of wine for a drink.
Elk and other wildlife also know about this secret, meaning that they too probably read my blogs. It also means you can get some great wildlife photography. Careful what time of year it is though. If you creep up to a male elk during rutting season while he is having a glass of wine with his female elk friend, he may get angry and you may end up stabbed by antlers. Damn romantics. Small as it is, Banff has some great little secrets such as the Cave Ave Pagoda where you can escape the sometimes overwhelming numbers and relax in the most stunning surrounds in the world.