Sleeping Buffalo Mountain

Tunnel Mountain is located in the centre of the picture and all around it is the townsite of Banff. It is the smallest peak in the Rockies to be called a mountain at 1,692m (5,551ft) above sea level. Once upon a time the hill was known as “Sleeping Buffalo” among the local Stoney Indians as it resembles a sleeping buffalo. In 1882 the railroad surveyors were devising a route through the Rockies and proposed blasting a hole through its middle. The idea of a tunnel was scrapped altogether, but the mountain is still called Tunnel Mountain to this day. So do not waste your time looking for any tunnel!

Tunnel mountain is a very popular hike. The trail has a gentle grade for most of the way and is only 4.3 km round-trip. Bring you camera as the top offers a panoramic view of the town and the Bow Valley.


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