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in the Canadian Pacific Rockies
A Canadian Pacific Hotel
The Stony Indian  .  .Page   2
Banff Springs Hotel.". . . ." Page   4
Your First Day at Banff  Page   5
The Museum and Zoo .Page   6
The Cave and Basin  Page   6
The Upper Hot Springs and Observatory . Page   7
The Animal Corral Page   7
Golf and Tennis . . . . . .Page   8
Swimming  .Page   9
Dancing     Page 10
Motoring Page 10
Lake Minnewanka . Page 11
Johnston Canyon. . , . Page 12
Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Page 12
Yoho Valley and Emerald Lake. .  .Page 12
The Banff-Windermere Road Page 13
Map Showing Motor Roads and  Trails  in  the
Vicinity of Banff. Pages 14 and 15
Circle Automobile Trip Pages 16 and 18
Alpine Wildflowers Page 19
Fishing .Page 20
Hunting Page 22
Boating and Canoeing Page 22
Astride a Pony Page 22
Trail Riders' Association Page 23
To Mystic Lake  . .Page 25
Bungalow Camps Circle Tour..'"..' Page 25
Alpine Climbing Page 25
What to Wear Page 26
Photography Page 26
Automobile and Pony Tariff.  .Page 28 *7«V
The Bow River—Seen from the Hotel
Long a g o—forty years to be exact—an early pioneer
named this spot Banff the Beautiful, and so it has been
called ever since; for here Nature seems to have bestowed
every imaginable scenic asset upon the region, where an
exquisitely forested, flower-filled valley is watered by the
blue-green Bow River, that first winds past alpine meadows
in which black bear and deer pasture, and then tumbles
down in a gorgeous fall just below the spacious verandas
of the Canadian Pacific hotel—only to flow smoothly on
again   through    the    giant    ravine    that    lies    between
Mount Rundle and Tunnel Mountain.    The view down
the Bow Valley from the wide terraces and long windows
in the two luxurious lounges of the magnificent newly-
constructed wing of the famous Banff Springs Hotel is
one of the most superb in the world, and offers an unrivalled
panorama of dense green masses of pine and spruce sharp
scythe-cut by the sparkling Bow and Spray Rivers, the
great massive Rockies framing the picture on either side;
while stretching away to the east a chain of snow-capped
peaks hems in the farther end of the canyon.
Down this wonderful vista you  gaze;  there on your
right lies Mount Rundle (9,665)* with its queer ' writing-
* The figures following the names of mountains in this booklet are
the heights of them, in feet, above sea level.
Printed in Canada—1927 Hot Sulphur Swimming Pool, Banff Springs Hotel
desk" formation and sharp-toothed ridge of pearl-grey rock;
to the left rises Cascade Mountain (9,825) with its impressive barren contours, and the silvery stream that falls
like ak>crystal fringe from near the summit down to the
spot where the whole cascade (which gives the mountain
its name) disappears into the ground, and runs thence
subterraneously to join the Bow River; while in front of
you, facing westward, towers the Fairholme Range, with
Mount Peechee (9,615), named after the Stony Indian
who led Sir George Simpson safely through The Gap into
the Rocky Mountains in 1841, when the Red men were by
no means so peaceful as they are today, guarding the
southern end; and Mount Inglismaldie (9,715) terminating
the Range to the north. Could anything be lovelier than
this Valley of the Bow?
The Stony Indian
Here are graven on tree and stone, and in legendary
lore, the ancient historical associations of Cree, Sioux and
Stony Indian—stalwart braves with their patient squaws
and funny little papooses, many of whom still camp out
among the mountains, eating the wild game they hunt and
the fish they catch and dry in the sun, mixed with
roots and berries. A certain number of Stonys, however,
now live on the Indian Reserve at Morley, a forty-mile
motor run from Banff.   Each year in July the Indians hold
Page Two The Golf Course
a big Pow-Wow at Banff, when the picturesque parade of
the tribes^ in full war-paint and feathers is followed by
two days' horse-racing and other sports. Prizes for
costumes are awarded at a grand assembly in the courtyard
of the hotel.
Memories of the Past
Indian place-names lie thick upon the land,
such as Ghost River, Devil's Gap and Stony Squaw!
coupled with memories of the first coming of the White
Man to the "Shining Mountains" (as the Red Men
originally named the Rockies)—Pierre de la Verendrye,
who first sighted the foothills beyond Banff in 1743; Sir
George Simpson, who in 1841, entered the Rocky Mountains on the first overland journey ever undertaken round
the world from east to west, and so passed across the site
of the present-day little town of Banff; Captain John
Palliser; Sir James Hector, whose monument may be seen
at the Great Divide on the Canadian Pacific Railway line
at the summit of the Range; and all those eminent railway
builders who between the years of 1880 and 1885 toiled
to the end that we might today travel in complete comfort
from Montreal to Vancouver in an up-to-date train of
well-appointed sleeping, observation and dining cars,
drawn by one of the huge "iron horses" of the Canadian
Page Three Boat Houses on the Bow River
The Banff Springs Hotel
Banff has been for many years one of the most
popular mountain resorts on the continent—due not only
to its environment, but also to the beautifully situated and
splendidly appointed Banff Springs Hotel of the Canadian
Pacific Railway. This season will see the opening of a new
fire-proof wing, which was erected during the past winter
at a cost of over one and a half million dollars. The entire
first floor is given over to public rooms, which are artistically decorated and furnished, and in this wing alone
there are 210 bedrooms. A similar wing will be erected
on the south side of the central tower at the close of the
summer season.
One special feature of the hotel is the "period" influence
that dominates the atmosphere—chiefly the Tudor period.
There are ten beautiful period suites—Jacobean, Tudor,
Georgian, Italian and Swiss; the lower lounge is
Elizabethan. .
At the hotel itself there is entertainment all the time,
viewing the magnificent panorama from the verandah in
the courtyard, watching the swimmers in the warm
sulphur water pool, or swimming oneself, playing tennis,
or studying the cosmopolitan types which one meets at
this great caravanserai.    There is an excellent Turkish
Page Four Banff, with Cascade Mountain in the Background
bath attendant to the hotel, very popular with those who
come in after a game of golf or hour in the saddle. The
public rooms, already spacious, will be greatly enlarged
when the scheme of reconstruction now under way will be
completed. An excellent orchestra plays at the luncheon
and dinner hours and provides the music for dancing in
the evening. A library of up-to-date fiction is available
for those inclined to read.
Your First Day at Banff
On the morning of your first day at Banff, and
particularly if it should happen to be your only day there,
it is easy to see a great number of interesting things and
places, and so gain a very good idea of the natural resources
and marvels of the locality. Longer trips, and all such
delightful recreations as hiking, riding, climbing, boating,
fishing and hunting are for those furtunate people who
plan to spend several days, or weeks, at the Banff Springs
Hotel, but for the one or two-day visitor here are a few
useful suggestions. A morning motor drive (either in a
private car, or one of the many comfortable touring buses)
through the quaint little mountain town of Banff, where
as you drive along the main street you will find churches,
shops, cinemas and modern dance-halls interspersed with
Page Five Canoeing on Vermilion Creek
groups of cow-boys in woolly chaparejos and gay-colored
"neckerchiefs," sloe-eyed Indians in buckskin coats and
moccasins, packers, trappers, guides and other truly
mountain men, for here western conditions and eastern
civilization meet at the edge of the Rockies, and the
combination is extraordinarily attractive.
The Museum and Zoo
Situated in the middle cf the town is an excellent
Dominion Government Museum of flora, fauna, geology
and Indian relics; also a capital Zoo where you can see
many wild animals of the Rockies, such as grizzly bear,
mountain sheep and goat, cougar and lynx, in captivity.
There is also a most interesting fish hatchery near the
river on the hotel side of the bridge which is well worth a
The Cave and Basin
In the course of your drive you should visit the
natural Cave and Basin, where marvellous hot sulphur
springs flow out of the mountain-side, and, boiling up
through the ground, are caught in a fine $150,000 swimming
pool and series of private baths built by the Government;
there is always a crowd of people here enjoying the swim-
Page Six ;"-V;*  ■■ v
In the Buffalo Paddock
ming, and drinking the beneficial waters. A short distance
farther on is the Sundance Canyon, a narrow rift in the
towering cliffs where many rock-plants bloom in the
crannies, watered by the melting snows that trickle
down from the ice-fields above.
Upper Hot Springs and Observatory
There is also a swimming pool at the upper Hot
Sulphur Springs on Sulphur Mountain, 1 }i miles by trail
or three miles by rail, situated at an elevation about 800
feet higher than the hotel. This is on the way to the
Observatory on the top of Sulphur Mountain, which
can be reached only by trail (5 miles from the hotel,
requiring four to six hours for the return trip).
The Animal Corral
This is an immense fenced-in area where a herd of
buffaloes, mountain sheep, goat, moose, antelope and
other kindred of the wild roam at will through the vast
forested pasturage. You can drive into this corral quite
close up to the buffaloes, which, by the way, are really
bison, and enjoy studying them in their natural surroundings. A new route may be followed on your way back to
the Hotel, that will afford beautiful views of the Sawback
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Page Seven Indians at the Annual Pow Wow
Range with the lovely chain of Vermilion Lakes in the
foreground, and the Massive Range rising up to 9 780 feet
K™ sky- A. motor run to the top of Tunnel Mountain
(5,550), so called because the Canadian Pacific once
thought of boring a tunnel through it, but later abandoned
the idea, will give you a wonderful view of the whole
surrounding country, and you will find yourself well
repaid tor spending an hour on this trip
Golf and Tennis
M tN Y 2 Fu the famous g°lf courses of the world are
very beautifully situated, some on lovely meadow-lands
others sea-girt, or set beside a stream, but the Banff 18-hole
golf links, laid out on The Loop, with the Bow River
running by, while around about the course huge bastions
of rock, turreted and pinnacled like the fortified castles of
old, rise up as if to guard the spot from unfriendly winds
is almost without parallel for superb location; and being
situated quite near the Hotel is within easy reach of all
visitors.   The fees are small, and a first-class professional
is always in attendance.    For tennis players  there   are
several   admirable   courts,   and   the   exquisite   summer
climate ol Banff being very conducive to both golf and
tennis, there are always a number of people to be seen
enjoying the games.
Page Eight On the Tennis Court, Banff Springs Hotel
Avery favorite amusement, that may be enjoyed daily
during a visit to Banff, combines swimming, diving and
water games in the large open-air warm sulphur bath,
where the temperature of the summer air and of the water
is delightfully blended, and spring diving-boards offer
opportunity for sport to expert swimmers, the sloping
depth of the bath giving confidence to beginners at the
shallow end; while the cold fresh-water pool, adjacent to
the warm bath, provides an invigorating plunge for the
more adventurous.
Some people prefer to swim before breakfast, others like a
dip in the afternoon when they return from some long expedition, but all agree that to dive in and swim about in the
delicious warm water under the light of a midsummer
moon is perhaps the most wonderful experience of all.
The health value of this warm sulphur bathing is great, as
is also drinking the boiling hot radio-active waters of the
Banff springs, piped into the Hotel, whose medicinal value
is extremely high owing to their chief component parts,
which are calcium sulphate, magnesium sulphate and
calcium bicarbonate. The amusement of swimming in
such a luxurious pool, enjoying, if desired, first-class
massage in connection with it, forms one of the finest
attractions of a holiday spent at Banff.
Page Nine Mount Rundle
Do you dance? What an absurd 'question to'ask in
these days when everyone from seven to seventy years of
age delights in good music, a good floor and a good partner!
The ballroom at the Banff Springs Hotel is superb, and
every evening an excellent orchestra is in attendance
there, so that you can dance to your heart's content; for
so invigorating is the alpine air at this altitude (4,625)
that even after the most strenuous hours spent out among
the mountains, you will enjoy a dance on your return in
the evening as much as if you had spent an idle day.
O n e o f the first questions asked by a tourist arriving
at his destination in the Rocky Mountains is "Where can
I motor to?" At Banff the Beautiful the answer is so
varied that a brief enumeration of a few specially delightful
trips will be in order. Of course, the shorter runs, such as
those already referred to, also drive to the Upper Hot
Springs and round The Loop, will carry the first appeal;
but having seen these nearby places, it is to points of
interest farther afield that your thoughts will turn, and
after deciding whether to engage a private motor and make
trips at your leisure, or to join some well-planned excursion
Page  Ten Fishing at Lake Minnewanka
in one of the many sight-seeing buses, which leave the
Hotel daily for points in all directions, you can then settle
upon your objective.
In a motor you can approach close to many glorious
mountains with glaciers like great green emeralds set in
their rocky sides, run along the shores of lakes of amethyst,
opal and pearl, catch glimpses of the perfumed valleys,
pass through forests beneath whose fir-trees dainty wild-
flowers blossom in profusion, and thus enjoy a thousand
sweet scents and radiant sights that would otherwise be
out of your reach. The Automobile Agent has an office
in the hotel, where trips may be planned. All rates are
according to a Government tariff.
Lake Minnewanka
1 A s H o r t motor run of eight miles from Banff brings
you to the shores of Lake Minnewanka, that splendid
sheet of steel-blue sheen, some fourteen miles long, where
row-boats and a big motor-launch tempt you to take a
trip on the water, and perhaps to throw out a line and troll
for the huge lake trout that lurk beneath its surface. This
is the only lake in the Rocky Mountains where these
enormous fish, whose weight runs sometimes up to forty
pounds, are caught. A Tea House on the shore offers the
tourist rest and refreshment.
Page Eleven Johnston Canyon
A well-graded road leads out from Banff westward for sixteen miles up the Bow Valley to Johnston
Canyon, where a series of waterfalls, ending in a final
foaming cascade, is most attractive, and a very enjoyable
picnic may be made up the Canyon or lunch partaken of
at the rustic Tea House located near the highway.
Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
Past Johnston Canyon the road runs on for another
twenty-five miles past the imposing battlemented and
serrated cliffs of Castle Mountain on the right, and the
snow-capped dome of Mount Temple on the left, to Lake
Louise, a spot so beautiful that no one who visits the
Canadian Rockies can afford to miss seeing it. A jade-
green lake that is stained rose-pink at dawn by the rising
sun, and again at eventide garners up tints of topaz and
coral from the declining sun, as huge avalanches come
crashing down off the snowy heights of Mount Victoria
onto the moraine below—a lake that glistens in the noonday, and gleams with opalescent radiance beneath the
star-sown purple of the sky—there it lies like an alabaster
cup of absinthe held high in the stone hands of the hills
which rise up around it—Fairview (9,001), Aberdeen
(10,340), Lefroy (11,220), Victoria (11,355), Whyte (9,776),
Devil's Thumb (8,066), and a dozen other glorious peaks
sentinelling the valley that leads from the Chateau
Lake Louise at its northern end (a fire-proof palace built
in a wilderness of mountain crags and crests), right up
to the Plain of the Six Glaciers, where the ice-streams
flow down between the lofty battlements.
Another nine miles of excellent road brings you to
Moraine Lake where the Ten Peaks (all over 10,000 feet
high) stand in a giant semi-circle about the sapphire lake.
These mountains were discovered in the late nineties by
Mr. W. D. Wilcox of Washington, D.C., and Mr. Sam
Allen, also an American, who named them after the ten
numerals in the Stony Indian language.
Here an artistic Bungalow Camp offers you a meal of
real "home-cooked" food, and a pleasant stay, should you
decide to spend a few days beneath its friendly roof,
scrambling about in search of lovely view-points and
fragrant wildflowers or fishing for cut-throat trout in
nearby Consolation Lake.
Yoho Valley and Emerald Lake
The Lake Louise road has now been continued
as far as Field, Emerald Lake and Golden.   Leading west
Page Twelve Yoho Valley Bungalow Camp
on a high line to the Great Divide, and crossing to near
Wapta Lake, it follows the Kicking Horse River down to
Field. At Wapta Lake is a most attractive Bungalow
Camp. A branch road leads to the Yoho Valley, a region
of exceptional beauty, where the great Takakkaw Fall,
1,300 feet high, bursts out from under the glacier lying
between Mount Balfour and Mount Niles, and pours
foaming down into the green lap of the virgin forest. The
Yoho Valley Bungalow Camp is another delightful one, and
tourists are advised to stay over a night there when on a
motor trip. Emerald Lake, with its delightful chalet and
restful clubhouse, lies on another branch road, the culmination of spectacular scenery.
All these trips described as suitable for motors, may
be made on horseback, or walking, according to the
taste of the tourist.
The Banff-Windermere Road
Here is a trip worthy of your best attention! The
Banff-Windermere Road, which branches off from the
Banff-Lake Louise route at Castle Mountain, crosses the
Bow River by a bridge and ascends to the summit of the
Vermilion Pass (5,264). From the veranda of Storm
Mountain Bungalow Camp an awe-inspiring view is
obtained of the valley  lying five hundred feet below,
Page Thirteen BANFF
and its vicinity
Motor roads shown thus-
Trails shown thus	
Canadian Pacific Railway* " ■"
Banff-Winder mere Road.
A very wonderful trip is
the Banff-Windermere run
of 104 miles, through Rocky
Mountains Park and Kootenay Park to Lake Windermere, in the beautiful
Columbia Valley. This
new road, of firm stable
construction, penetrates
some of the very finest
mountain scenery of the
entire   continent. Along
its route are three convenient
bungalow camps — Storm
Mountain, Vermilion River
and Radium Hot Springs—
to serve as stops for meals or
for lodging; at the southern
end is Lake Windermere
Camp. At Radium Hot
Springs the road connects
with the Windermere-Golden
road, providing the three-day
Circle Tour (see page 18 of
this booklet).
Page Fourteen
Page Fifteen jewelled with lakes that, chameleon-like, reflect the changing
colors of the sky, where the pinnacled mountains of the
Divide—the Province of Alberta on the one side and
British Columbia on the other—point their slender snow-
white fingers up to heaven. Here you enter the Kootenay
National Park, and pass close to Marble Canyon, a
terrific chasm 300 feet deep, over whose terraces of blue
and pinkish marble the waters of Tokumn Creek leap in
cascades down the Canyon.
A little farther on are the Paint Pots, round welis of
color once prized by the local Indians. Soon Vermilion
River Bungalow Camp comes into sight set deep in the
forest, and as you approach the crossing of the Kootenay River you have a magnificent view of the pyramidal
peaks of Mount Assiniboine. This is a region of wild
flowers and game, and you will frequently catch a glimpse
of a deer, a mountain goat, or even a moose, while the
little black bears will actually venture out onto the road to
stare in wonder at your car, and greedily eat any lumps of
sugar or cake you may throw to them.
Soon Sinclair Pass is entered—a narrow gorge through
crowding mountains. This district is richly provided with
natural sulphur springs, and near Radium Hot Springs
Bungalow Camp there is a swimming pool built by the
Government. Just beyond is the great sword-cut of
Sinclair Canyon. And then one wheels and circles like a
lazy leaf, by easy stages down to Windermere, cradled
in the Columbia Valley. On the shore of the lake is the
fourth of this series of delightful Bungalow Camps. This
motor run of 104 miles from Banff to Windermere forms
part of the Circle Road of 600 miles that crosses the summit of the Rockies twice, and links up in a huge circle
Calgary, Banff, Windermere, Cranbrook and Macleod;
this Circle Road being in turn linked up at the international
Boundary with the Columbia Highway out of Portland,
Oregon and the Grand National Circle Tour of the Yose-
mite, Grand Canyon and Yellowstone Parks.
To Golden
The programme of road construction carried on
by the National Parks Branch of the Canadian Department of the Interior will reach a high point this year with
the opening of the new "Kicking Horse Trail." This road
continues the existing Banff-Field road, to which reference
has been made already, from Field to Leanchoil, the
Western boundary of Yoho National Park, thereby com-
pleting^the^traverse of that Park. At Leanchoil it connects
with a new British Columbia province highway to Golden,
on the Columbia Valley.    From Golden an existing road
Page Sixteen Iron Gates, Sinclair Canyon,
Banff-Windermere Road
Page Seventeen a M
Storm Mountain Bungalow Camp
leads south to the Windermere Valley, joining at that
point the Banff-Windermere Road.
The Circle Trip
A complete circle trip through the most magnificent scenery of the Canadian Pacific Rockies, from any
point back to the starting place without once traversing
the same ground, will thus be possible. The Bungalow
Camps en route offer convenient sleeping or dining
accommoda t ion.
A   Three-Day   Circle   Trip   will   be   operated   during
July and August over this route in  1927, commencing
June 30th, leaving Banff or Lake Louise every Tuesday
and Thursday.   The itinerary is as follows:
First  Day—Banff  to  Storm  Mountain  Camp,   Marble
Canyon,  Vermilion River Camp,  and Radium Hot
Springs Camp.
Second Day—Radium Hot Springs Camp to Columbia
River   Valley,   Golden,   Kicking   Horse   River   and
Emerald Lake.
Third Day—Emerald    Lake    to    Yoho    Valley    Camp,
Wapta Camp, the Great Divide, Lake Louise, Johnston
Canyon and Banff.
Page Eighteen Fishing in the Bow River
The trip can be commenced equallvwell from Lake Louise
or any intermediate point.   The rate is $30.00 per person
not including meals or sleeping accommodation en route.
Alpine Wildflowers .
The Alpine wildflowers of the Canadian Rockies
are beautiful beyond all description, and vary according to locality and altitude, so that the tourist'will each
day discover new and lovely blossoms in the course of his
various trips, and find a fresh delight on everv mountain
slope, in the sun-filled valleys and beside the streams To
appreciate the charm and wonderful variety of these
Alpine flowers one has to go on foot, preferably with a
flower guide-book in hand, such as can be obtained at the
Curio Stand of the hotel.
On the Loop at Banff, which is a veritable flower-garden
during the months of June, July and August, there follow
in quick succession the big purple anemones, clematis
blue and yellow columbines, showy gaillardias, cream
and mauve vetches, everlastings, red, blue and white
wmdflowers, goldenrod, bright blue flax and the fragrant
little androsaces; while on the slopes of Sulphur Mountain
and in similar regions, grow purple phacelia, asters and
violets; many tiny species of low-growing plants flourishing
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Page Nineteen near the summits of the hills, such as dryas, moss campion,
saxifrage, harebell, stonecrop and fleabane.
As you thread your way through the woods, and over
the open spaces in the forest, wandering from 4,500 up to
5,500 feet altitude, you will come across the big-headed
betony, wintergreens of several kinds, louseworts, gorgeous
orange lilies, magenta willow-herbs, scarlet Indian paint
brushes, yellow arnicas and hawkweeds; and where you
follow along the edge of some ice-born brook, new treasures
await you on every hand, among them the fly-spotted
orchis, purple butterworts, Grass-of-Parnassus, blue lobelias
and lavender mints.
Very rare are the exquisite white moccasin flowers, their
velvet sacs, flecked with red, gleaming among the greenery
in shady places; the large, white-spotted, blue Gentian,
and the deep lilac Macoun's gentian being almost equally
uncommon, consequently to find a clump of any one of
these three beautiful flowers marks a red-letter day in
your summer calendar. The principal trees at Banff are
lodge-pole pine, Engelmann's spruce and aspen poplar,
the leaves of the latter turning a wonderful clear yellow
as autumn advances.
There is no better centre in the Rocky Mountains
for fishing than Banff. Close by in the Bow River are
plenty of Dolly Varden trout which the expert may catch
with the fly; the pools below the Falls, the reaches above
the Banff Bridge, and the waters at the juncture of the
Bow and Kananaskis Rivers being equally good spots in
which to cast; while in the Vermilion Lakes are many
small fish sufficiently gamey in play to give you capital
sport. Farther away in Forty Mile Creek, Mystic Lake
(17 miles from Banff), and the Sawback Lakes (24 miles
away), there is excellent fishing for cut-throat trout during
the summer months, and all these places may be reached
by pony trail.
You can fish the Spray River to advantage, beginning
10 miles south of Banff, and continuing on for another
18 miles to the Spray Lakes, in which both cut-throat and
Dolly Varden trout of good size are caught in July and
August. Information about fishing trips is readily accessible in the Trail Riders' Guide, which may be consulted
at the Information Bureau in the Hotel. It is advisable
for fishermen to consult the Fishing Inspector at the
Government Offices in Banff regarding the best means of
reaching the more distant fishing grounds, also as to
information about other trouting streams and lakes. The
season for trout fishing opens on July 1st.    There is no
Page Twenty Mount Assiniboine
Page Twenty-One
 l license required for fishing in the Parks, but the legal
limit must be observed. Fishing tackle and flies can be
obtained at several of the stores in town.
Within the area of the Rocky Mountain Parks,
in which Banff is situated, one may hunt only with field-
glasses and a camera, all game and bird-life being strictly
preserved, but once you are outside the Park limits, grizzly,
cinnamon and black bear, mountain sheep and goat,
moose, caribou, cougar, wolf and lynx may be hunted
under the restrictions of the Provincial Game Laws. For
some years past there has been a perpetual "close season"
for wapiti (or elk), these magnificent creatures, now to be
seen in large herds, having formerly been almost exterminated. Banff is one of the best outfitting points in the
Canadian Rockies, and the tourist who wishes to go out
hunting should consult one or other of the local guides,
or outfitters, in the town.
Boating and Canoeing
Despite the fact that the rapid rivers of the
Rocky Mountains do not lend themselves to much indulgence in boating, there are several beautiful places near
Banff where this pastime may be richly enjoyed. On Lake
Minnewanka, for instance, you can take a tour in a motor
launch, or a shorter trip in a rowboat, through scenery
which resembles that among the most exquisite fiords of
Norway; while the Bow River above the Banff Bridge is a
smooth-running piece of water out of which you can
"paddle your own canoe" into Vermilion Creek, a fascinating little winding stream overhung with arching trees,
which eventually leads you into the Vermilion Lakes,
where the views at sunset are ravishing. Very attractive
trips by electric launch are run on this stretch of water
several times a day.
Astride a Pony
Numerous as are the motor drives about Banff,
beautiful as are the spots reached by car, there are many
places which can only be approached by trail, astride or
afoot, that rank amongst the most attractive play-grounds
in the Canadian Rockies. There are short jaunts out
from Banff which may be taken in a single afternoon, or
in one day—to The Loop, Mount Edith Pass, up to the
summit of Stony Squaw, or Sulphur Mountain, the top of
Tunnel Mountain, over to the Animal Corral and back to
the Hotel by way of the "corkscrew" road, along to the
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Cave and Basin and onto the Sundance Canyon, or to
the Upper Hot Springs, whence the bird's-eye view of
the valley is superb, and so on to the Observatory.
All these are extremely enjoyable outings, and since
the ponies obtainable at Banff are all very gentle and quiet
even the most timid and inexperienced rider need not fear
to mount one of them. The services of guides to accompany tourists on long or short trips are always available.
Take, for example, the expedition to Mount Assiniboine;
it is an enchanting ride through pine forests and over
alplands ablaze with anemones, sunflowers and asters,
across carpets of red heather and creeping barberry, by
tumbling waters and the shores of turquoise lakes, the
trip entailing a camp of a week en route.
The livery agent of the Brewster Transport Company
has an office in the Hotel and can arrange for ponies.
Trail Riders Association
Those who have ridden 50 miles or upwards in
the Canadian Rockies are qualified for membership in the
Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies, which, by its annual
pow-wow, affords an unusual opportunity for those
interested in trail-riding to get together. The aims of the
Trail Riders' Association are, principally, to "encourage
travel on horseback through the Canadian Rockies; to
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foster the maintenance and improvement of old trails and
the building of new trails; to advocate and practice consideration for horses, and to promote the breeding of
saddle horses suitable for high altitudes; to foster good-
fellowship among those who visit and live in these glorious
mountains; to encourage the love of out-door life, the
study and conservation of birds, wild animals and alpine
flowers; to protect the forests against fire; to assist in
every way possible to ensure the complete preservation of
the National Parks of Canada for the use and enjoyment
of the public; to create an interest in Indian customs,
costumes and traditions; to encourage the preservation of
historic sites as related to the fur-trade and early explorers,
and to co-operate with other organizations with similar
Membership is of several grades, according to the
distance ridden, viz.: 50, 100, 500, 1,000 and 2,500 miles.
The annual official ride of the Trail Riders of the
Canadian Rockies will be from Banff to Mount Assiniboine
and returning via the Simpson Pass. It starts on August
4th and lasts six days. Rates $70.00. Reservations must
be made at least 14 days in advance to the Secretary-
Treasurer, Mr. J. M. Gibbon, Room 324, Windsor Station,
Montreal, or to Col. Phil A. Moore, Chateau Lake Louise,
who will be in charge of the Trail Ride.
Page Twenty-Four Fishing in the Spray Lakes, near Banff
To Mystic Lake
In addition to the official ride, Circle Trips will
be operated weekly from Banff to Stoney Creek, Sawback
Lakes, and Mystic Lake, with good fishing en route.
Riders on this trip must bring their own sleeping bags
and blankets. Trail Riders' cabins, supplemented by
teepees, will be at each camp.
These tours, which will last four days, will be under
the auspices of the Trail Riders' Association, and under
the direction of Colonel Phil A. Moore. The rates are
undecided at the time of going to press, but will probably
be about $10.00 per day. Col. Moore's office is at the
Chateau Lake Louise.
Bungalow Camps Circle Tour
Also under the same auspices and direction as the
last, are the six-day pony circle tours from Lake Louise to
the Bungalow Camps, situated in Yoho Park, Wapta,
O'Hara and Yoho, and to Emerald Lake Chalet.
Alpine Climbing
For real alpine climbing the services of a skilled
mountain guide, preferably Swiss, is indispensable, and
such may be obtained by application at the Hotel Office.
Page  Twenty-Five There are a number of fine ascents in the vicinity of Banff,
some of which are visible from the verandahs of the
Hotel, Peechee (9,615) Inglismaldie (9,715), Edith (8,370),
Rundle (9,665), Three Sisters (9,733) Pilot (9,680), Brett
(9,750), Cascade (9,825), Aylmer (10,364), and Assiniboine
(11,870). Some of these climbs are well within the reach
of any person of good physique, while a few, such as
Mount Aylmer, Mount Edith and Mount Assiniboine, are
much more difficult peaks.
The headquarters of The Alpine Club of Canada are
located at Banff, in a charming Club House built on the
side of Sulphur Mountain, and visiting alpinists from other
parts of the world are always welcome there.
What to Wear
For real comfort when either riding, or walking,
on the trail, the clothing of men and women is practically
the same, the weight of garments worn being regulated by
the season and the altitude to be ascended. On general
principles the following is a common-sense outfit for
expeditions: knickers and coat of closely woven tweed, a
flannel shirt and silk neck-handkerchief, thin merino
undergarments, straw or felt hat with a brim, woollen
stockings (a pair of cashmere socks worn under them on
long tramps), stout boots with lightly-nailed soles, and a
thin slicker.
When on riding or walking expeditions of more than
one day's duration, it will, of course, be necessary to add
certain things to this list, such as a change of undergarments, sleeping-suit, an extra thick coat (preferably of
blanket), canvas shoes and toilet articles reduced to a
minimum. If possible always carry a pair of field-glasses
and a small camera, they will add enormously to your
pleasure. Women making their first long tramp will be
well advised to strap up their heels with adhesive tape,
to do so may save them from blisters.
Every turn of the road brings a picture in this
fairyland of mountains. Films can be developed and
prints supplied by the photographic studio attached to
the Hotel (apply at the Curio stand) or at the excellent
photographic stores in^town. Near the Hoodoos
Hail and Farewell!
I t w a s Sir Francis Younghusband, formerly President
of the Royal Geographical Society of England, who said:
"The picture and the poem are as legitimate a part of
geography as the map."   Even so.
"What if I live no more those kingly days?
Their night sleeps with me still.
I dream my feet upon the starry ways;
My heart rests in the hill.
I may not grudge the little left undone;
I hold the heights, I keep the dreams I won."
Page Twenty-Seven Automobile Tariff at Banff
(Rates are per person)
To Cave and Basin—25c each way (minimum 50c).
To Golf Links—25c each way (minimum $1.00).
To Middle Springs—75c each; round trip, with 15
minutes' wait, $1.00. (Minimum $2.00 each way, $2.50
round trip).
To Upper Hot Springs—$1.00 each way; round trip,
with 15 minutes' wait, $1.50. (Minimum $3.00 each way,
$3.50 round trip).
Banff and vicinity, including Bow Falls, Tunnel
Mountain, Buffalo Park, Zoo, Cave and Basin, Golf
Links, etc., 22 miles—$3.00.
To Lake Minnewanka—combined auto and launch
To Lake Louise—one way, $5.00; round trip, $8.25.
Hand baggage extra.
To Lake Windermere—one way, $10.00; round trip
(two days), $18,00.    (Minimum six passengers).
To Radium Hot Springs, Golden, Field and Banff—a
three-day circle tour, $30.00 per person.
From station to any part of Banff north of Bridge and
west of Grizzly Street—25c; to anv other part of Banff—
50c.    (Minimum $1.00).
Bus from station to Banff Springs Hotel, each eay—50c.
Ordinary hand baggage free; trunks and heavy baggage,
each way—25c per piece.
Pony Trips and Guides
Saddle Pony, per day, $4.00; Saddle Pony, per half day
or part thereof, $2.50; Guide with Saddle Pony, per day,
$6.00; Guide with Saddle Pony, per half day or part
thereof, $4.00.
The above rates are not guaranteed by the Canadian Pacific
Railway. Any adjustments required should be reported to
the Superintendent, Rocky Mountains Park, Banff, Alta.
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