Tunnel Mountain banff
Staying on Tunnel Mountain is an idyllic experience that offers a unique blend of natural beauty and outdoor adventure. Although one of the smaller peaks in the Canadian Rockies, the mountain provides breathtaking views of the surrounding Bow Valley.
Nature lovers can expect to explore evergreen forests, colourful wildflowers, hiking trails and wildlife nearby. Whether you are seeking an adventure-packed trip, or a peaceful retreat, staying on Tunnel Mountain promises a unique experience tucked away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Banff.
AN ESCAPE TO NATURE
Tunnel Mountain in Banff is a serene and idyllic destination for adventure. Offering several hiking trails suitable for all skill levels, the mountain is surrounded by breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks towering above, the Bow Valley below as well as the charming town of Banff. Tunnel Mountain is a perfect spot for activities, such as mountain biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, capturing scenic photographs, or observing wildlife in their natural habitat such as: elk, bighorn sheep and mountain goats.
Why is it called Tunnel Mountain?
In the 1880s, Canadian Pacific Railway surveyors had first considered blasting a tunnel through the mountain for tracks through the Bow Valley. They later discovered another route for the train, however, the name Tunnel Mountain stuck.
Whether you seek a peaceful and rejuvenating escape or an adventurous journey amidst captivating scenery, Tunnel Mountain promises to be a picturesque retreat where you can unwind, explore and immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the Canadian Rockies.
ACTIVITIES ON TUNNEL MOUNTAIN
TUNNEL MOUNTAIN TRAILS AND HIKES
Tunnel Mountain is one of Banff’s most popular hiking destinations. The main trail leading up to the summit is only 4.3 km round-trip. The top offers beautiful panoramic views of the town of Banff. TThe Tunnel Mountain hike is open year-round and is the perfect all-season, introductory hike to the area. There are also a number of easier trails with less elevation in and around the mountain.
BIKING ON TUNNEL MOUNTAIN
Mountain biking on Tunnel Mountain in Banff is a thrilling adventure that offers riders stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Featuring a very accessible full trail system for beginners and advanced riders alike, you’ll find yourself appreciating the wondrous views and crisp mountain air.
For those seeking adrenaline and adventure, you’ll encounter a forested single track with obstacles such as rocks and roots – adding an extra level of excitement to your ride. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a beginner, mountain biking on Tunnel Mountain is an unforgettable experience that will leave you wanting more.
CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING ON TUNNEL MOUNTAIN
If you’re looking for a fun and beginner-friendly winter activity in Banff, cross-country skiing at Tunnel Mountain is a must-try. The fully lit ski trails make for a perfect night skiing experience, with the added bonus of stargazing under the clear mountain skies.
Located near the Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court Campground entrance, the single and double trackset trails offer a serene and peaceful experience as you glide through the snowy forest. Seasoned cross-country skiers and beginners alike can enjoy the cross-country ski trails that Tunnel Mountain has to offer. Experience the perfect way to enjoy the winter beauty of Banff National Park.
HOW TO GET TO TUNNEL MOUNTAIN
To get to Tunnel Mountain in Banff, you’ll need to head towards the Bow River Valley in Banff National Park. The mountain is almost entirely enclosed by the town of Banff at the junction of Spray River and the Bow River, making it easily accessible to visitors; especially for those staying on the resorts on Tunnel Mountain.
If you’re heading westbound on the #1 Trans-Canada Highway (from Calgary or Canmore), take the first exit into Banff. (Banff Minnewanka Loop exit). Take your first left up Tunnel Mountain Drive. From the Town of Banff, turn right up Wolf Street and then left on Otter Street, keeping right to stay on Tunnel Mountain Drive. Continue for approximately 3 km – a short distance from the mountain town.
WHERE TO STAY ON TUNNEL MOUNTAIN:
BUFFALO MOUNTAIN LODGE
Distinct from the majority of Banff hotels, Buffalo Mountain Lodge is situated on Tunnel Mountain. A peaceful mountain retreat offering comfortable accommodation with fireplaces to cozy up to and unique mountain style architecture.
Enjoy a true mountain escape with nature at your private doorstep.
A resort on Tunnel Mountain unlike any other.