It's really quite surprising how much sightseeing you can do for little to no money in a place as touristy as Banff. One of the quieter spots in the town of Banff is the hillside Cascade Gardens. With a beautiful view of Cascade Mountain, it's a perfect spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of the more exciting attractions. Luke and I took pictures of the flowers while Todd and Eve chilled in the shade of the trees and burl wood pagodas. The gardens were well maintained (minus a dry pond which would have been a wonderful addition if filled ) and full of interesting flower specimens. The stone building nearby is the Parks Canada administration office, built in 1935. These gardens sit at the south end of town, across the bridge over the Bow River, and on the way to the Cave and Basin which would be our next stop.