I was told the Cascade Gardens are beautiful, and that I must see them as I enjoy gardening and flowers.
I think I must have been here at the wrong time, as there were hardly any flowers in bloom, I was disappointed. The lawns were nice, as was the setting, and I loved the stone building which is the headquarter's of Parks Canada.
I have seen photo's of these landscaped gardens, filled with seasonal plants, ponds, bridges, walkways and mature trees, they really do look beautiful and worth seeing if you are here at the right time of the year.
In summer they are filled with more than 50,000 flowers.
OPEN DAILY.... June to September.
The Cascade Gardens were the idea of an architect named Harold C. Beckett. He envisioned the gardens as a journey through time. Although the gardens did not work out exactly the way he wanted, the result is a lovely garden full of bright flowers, cascading gentle hills, trees and ponds. These gardens are located at Canada Place, the Banff Park Administration Centre. I visited in August, when the flowers were at their peak. Even though the Gardens are literally a 2 minute walk down Banff Ave, the main street), it's not very crowded, and therefore quite peaceful. It's a nice place to sit on a bench and have a quiet conversation, read a book, have a sandwich or just sit in silence and appreciate the beauty around you.
The view facing Banff Ave is one of the most popular of Banff, appearing on many postcards, the garden in the foreground and Cascade Mountain in the background.
Situated in the beautiful Cascades Gardens just across the Bow River Bridge, it is an easy walk from town. The Park Administration Building has interactive exhibits about Canada's land and people. Admission is free and whilst there you can enjoy the Cascade Gardens, a great place to take photos of the town and landscape.
Summer Entry 10am to 6pm, May 21st to September 30.
A short walk from Banff Ave across the Bow River Bridge and you will arrive at the beautiful Cascade Gardens and Canada House. The gardens are built into the hillside and as you walk through them you are surrounded with nice views of the Bow River, Banff town and the mountains in the distance.
We were there mid June and the gardens were in their prime, flower beds covered with flowers of every colour, huge trees dominating the gardens and providing shade for the visitors. Do not forget to take your camera as there are numerous photo opportunities.
You just must go see these fantastic '' Cascade Gardens '' when you visit Banff and Banff National Park. I think when you tired , these Gardens are the right place to find a bench ,or just unwind on the grass.
The view from the Gardens looking at Banff Avenue and Cascade Mountain is incredible
These Tranquil Cascade of Times Gardens should not be missed on your trip to Banff, just over the Bridge ,you cannot miss the location, the Gardens have beautiful ponds, scenic views,wooden Bridges Pavillons ,walkways and 50.000 beautiful coloured Flowers,and Flowering Plants, the gardens have been visited since 1936.
Cascading Rock Gardens, Banff. This pic was taken from the gardens down Banff Avenue.
Although it was still pretty, we didn't visit at the best time of year, which would be spring/summer. It was still nice to walk around though.
The distinctive Canada Place building is a Banff national Park administration building and behind is the colorful cascade gardens.
Canada Place has a very nice building to see a lot of historical and hands on things about Canada. We enjoyed the gardens in the back.
Cascade Garden is very beautiful. In mid-summer, I could see many colorful flowers and butterfilies there. You can see the Cascade Mountain and Banff Ave far away from the Garden.
A great place to bring a book , or have a sandwich , or just lay around an relax , it is a very quiet place out of the busy season.
I highly recommend you check it out when visiting Banff.