Take in the View at the Mount Norquay Green Spot

Added by Will Cebron

Spectacular views of the Bow River, downtown Banff and the iconic Mt. Rundle

The "Green Spot" is a beautiful grassy slope that opens up to sweeping views of downtown Banff and the surrounding area.  It's a great spot for photography, especially capturing the peak of Mt. Rundle.  There's also a set of chairs conveniently placed on the slope so you can kick back and enjoy the sunset.

Getting there from downtown Banff is easy.  You'll head north up Mt. Norquay Road passing The Juniper Hotel on your left.   After a few switchbacks, you'll reach a stone retaining wall.  This is where you'll pull over to park and walk out onto the grass.  If you're lucky, you might be sharing the grass with a herd of bighorn sheep that frequent the area.  

After you've enjoyed the view, head down to The Juniper Hotel for drinks on the deck. 

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Great views of Banff below

This is a area that if you have time and the conditions are right, can be a really magical spot. The morning that I went up a cloud inversion was completely shrouding Banff below and was the morning after a fresh snowfall. It felt like I could have been at 20,000 feet in elevation as there was no sign of the valley floor below. Just the soft morning dawn light, rocky peaks of the mountains around me, and a blanket of clouds below. I gave this only 3 stars, not because it was average, only because it is generally a 'look and see' type of area. It is kind of a spot you go and look, and move on to the more popular spots the Canadian Rockies are known for. However, if there is a cloud inversion, check this out early in the morning.

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