Bow Falls, Banff, Canada
Bow Falls gets a lot of tourist traffic. In fact, it's one of Banff's top tourist spots. If you drive, you'll have to compete with plenty of tour buses for a parking stall. But, it's an easy and enjoyable walk from Banff Ave. to the Falls, along the banks of the Bow River. From the bridge, follow the river south-bound. The Falls are a leisurely 40-50 minutes away. The river divides two rock formations (one is 70 million years older than the other!), and it is a beautiful spot from a lot of different vantage points. From the parking lot, you can see a full-frontal of the waterfall. As you walk up to the parking lot, you can see Tunnel Mountain, which holds the Banff Centre, and Mt. Rundle. Bow Falls is just down the hill from the Banff Springs Hotel, and it's a nice little stroll up the hill along one of the many trails. There are a few places to stop for tea or a snack, and there's plenty of birds and wildlife to keep an eye on.