Banff Hoodoos and Hotsprings

Come See the Natural Beauty of Banff National Park: Mysterious Hoodoos, Hotsprings and Majestic Waterfalls

So wildlife abounds and scenic views are everywhere here in Jasper, as well as Lake Louise, Banff and  Banff National Park — everywhere in Alberta, really. But there are some fascinating natural phenomena unique to the town of Banff that one can see year around.


Ancient fields of sub-polar ice, glaciers remain landmarks of the Canadian Rockies. Local glaciers include:

• The Victoria Glacier, a hanging glacier at the back of Lake Louise
• Crowfoot and Bow Glaciers, both visible from the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93 North)
• Columbia Icefield, accessible from the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93 North) via Ice Explorer tours


• Lake Minnewanka
• Johnson Lake
• Two Jack Lake
• Lake Louise
• Moraine Lake
• Peyto Lake
• Bow Lake


These strange – some might even say unnatural-looking — sandstone spires created over thousands of years by erosion and believed to be spiritually significant among First Nations forefathers. Local Hoodoos can be seen from the Hoodoos Viewpoint, along Tunnel Mountain Road.

Natural Hot Springs

Cave and Basin Historic Site at Banff in the Canadian Rockies

Cave and Basin in Banff town

Of course there is the Banff Upper Hot Springs, but there are other local, notable hot springs. For example, a natural hot spring keeps ice off the third Vermilion Lake year-round. Then at the Cave and Basin Historic Site in Banff town one can visit the Cave, which features an interior pool and vent hole; the Basin, home to the Banff Springs snail; and along the Marsh Loop Boardwalk, two smaller springs bubble up from the mountainside, feeding the pools that are filled with pink bacteria, white and green algae, small fish, and insects.


Bow Falls in Banff and Johnston Canyon along the Bow Valley Parkway are among the most spectacular falls in Banff. Even in the winter months, the ice formations are beautiful. Bow Falls are particularly easy to see – it’s just above the confluence of the Bow and Spray rivers, smack dab in downtown Banff!

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