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.