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Banff is a town meant to be visited by tourists. According to history, George Stewart, the first superintendent of the Banff National Park, wanted to make a town where tourists can go when they visit the Cascade Mountains. For this reason, most of the streets were built in such a way that travelers get a good view of the picturesque mountain.
Downtown Banff is full of landmarks and interesting attractions. One can even enjoy these attractions on foot since they are in close proximity to each other.
For instance the 1911 Banff Mineral Springs Hospital is near the Administration Building and Cascade of Time Gardens, Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum and the Sign of the Goat Curio Shop.
Right after those clusters, cross the Bow River Bridge and visit the Banff Park Museum National Historic Site on Banff Avenue. Along the avenue, you can also find the oldest commercial building, the Dave White Block. Moving on, you can find the beautiful façade of Harmony Lane. Across the street, you can drop by the Cascade Dance Hall, The Paris Restaurant and the Rundle Memorial United Church.
Walk a little further and you can see the Rocky Mountain Tours and Transport Building and the Dominion Café. A little further north and on the opposite side is the St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church and the Banff School Auditorium.
Along Bow Avenue and Lynx Street, you can find several historical landmarks as well. From the south, you can visit the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Moore’s residence and its neighboring residence of Peter and Catharine Whyte. A few meters away, you can also see the Crosby and Sibbald residences.
Across Lynx Street, see the Cascade No. 5 Masonic Lodge, the Old Craig Cabin and the Homestead Hotel. Although a little further north, the St. Mary’s Catholic Church is also a sight to see.
The attractions found on Caribou and Beaver Streets provides a contrast between the luxurious living and humble settlements of early residents of Banff. Risht across the Fire Hall, you can find the Luxton residence, Tanglewood (originally known as Siding 29), Beaver Lodge, Holmes residence and the James Thomson House and Tourist Cabins. Continue a few meters northeast and you will also see the Kidney residence.
In another cluster on the eastern part of Caribou Street, you can see the Woodside Cottage and Mcaulay residence, Gair Lodge, Bayne residence, Mountain School Annex and the residence of Henry and Margaret Greenham.
The Old Cemetery of Banff used to be located along Buffalo Street. At present, several well-preserved structures can be found there such as the St. George’s in the Pines Anglican Church, Park Superintendent residence and the Senator Forget residence. A few buildings to the east of the latter is the Cyril Childe residence.
To the east of St. George’s are the Grant Hemming residence, Orr residence, Crandell/Peck cabin and the Norman Sanson residence. A little further east are the Transformer Substation building, Tarry a While / Mary Schaffer Warren residence and the actual Old Banff Cemetery in between them.