Banff Wanderings ~ Cascade Gardens - 1935

I was a bit early to see all the glory of these gardens however that just means that I need to come back  again later on this summer.  I did find some very pretty poppies in all their splendour ... love poppies, so very colorful.



The Administration Building can been seen all the way from Main street Banff.  



Established in 1935, the park building on the property was the first national park building in Canada represented by the government. It was built from materials of the area and the gardens were meant to be a reminder of the geological history of the Rocky Mountains.
The Cascades of Time Gardens in Banff, Alberta, Canada are a series of tiered floral beds with over 50,000 flowers. Peak bloom sightseeing months run between June to September. There are guides and interpretive tours running during the summer months. Admission is free for those who would like to enjoy their own self guided tours.
There are archways, ponds and fountains, stone pathways and rock steps throughout the gardens. There are viewing benches, gazebos and sitting shelters located along most of the paths - most in shade.
The largest fountain is embedded in a pond located on the front lawns of the park building. From the front lawn of the gardens, looking down the centre of Main Street (Banff Avenue), there are great views of the Village of Banff, Albert, Canada and the shops and stores.

There was a family of crows that figure the whole place is theirs ... babies I think ... tonnes of things to say while I was wondering through, LoL :)

There was some great views from the gardens back downtown Banff.  

Administration Building & Cascade of Time Gardens


101 Mountain Avenue
Harold Beckett designed this building and its gardens as part of the 1930s federal work relief program.  The Administration Building, completed in 1936, was constructed on the site of the former Brett Sanatorium (a spa-hospital), which was destroyed by fire 1933.  The building is characteristic of the domestic Tudor Revival architectural style and feature Tudor Gothic elements.  The original garden play included series waterfalls that cascaded through rock-lined pools, with each pool reflecting a stage in the geological history of the Rockies, but this feature was never constructed.  However, the rest of the gardens were successfully completed and remain as they were originally planned. ~ Taken from Walking through Banff's History Pamphlet 

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