Hoodoos on Tunnel Mountain

Banff’s Tunnel Mountain is best seen from Tunnel Mountain Road, accessed by Banff Rocky Mountain Resort at the extreme east end of Banff Avenue, or by Buffalo Street, along the eastern bank of the Bow River. When starting from the east, the road wind and limbs until you get to a number of hotels, motels, and a campground, with a great view of the Bow River Valley and relative isolation from Banff’s hustle and bustle (and also the train horns heard in the town throughout the night).

There’s also a 2.3 kilometre (1.4 mile) hiking trail to the top of the mountain, climbing 300 metres (984 feet). The trail winds around the cliff side (don’t get too close) and provides great views to the east. (more hiking trails)


These pillars of eroded sandstone are located about a mile north of Bow Falls where the Bow River has eroded into Tunnel Mountain, across from the Banff Springs Golf Course. Accessible by a small
hike from the road.

Walter Phillips Gallery*

At the Banff Center for the Arts, this gallery showcases contemporary art and media.

Banff Centre for the Arts

Banff Centre's Professional Development Centre
Built in 1933 to provide creative artists a new venue for experimentation and expression, the Centre hs expanded to provide top-notch executive education programs. The Centre also hosts the Banff Television Festival (world famous) and the Banff Festival of Mountain Films. Along the road, you’ll also see the artist-in-residence huts (please do not trespass or disturb).

Bow Falls from the Tunnel Mountain shore

Bow Falls

These falls allow the waters of the Bow River to drop about 30 feet, near the confluence with the Spray River. They’re a short walk from the Banff Springs
Hotel (there’s a parking lot) or or a short hike from the Banff Centre off Tunnel
Mountain. From the Tunnel Mountain side of the falls, you also get a great view
of the Banff Springs Hotel, the golf course, and the Spray River