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With 6,641 square kilometers of land including snow-capped mountain peaks, valleys carpeted in conifer forests, glaciers and alpine meadows, needless to say there are plenty of opportunities for hiking and multi-day trekking in Banff National Park.
Whether you are looking for strenuous hikes with panoramic views of the Canadian Rockies as a reward, or more leisurely strolls that will offer you plenty of chances to indulge in nature and wildlife photography, there is a hike in or around Banff that is for you.
Fortunately there are many hikes just a short car ride outside of the Banff town; we’ve listed several of the most popular ones here; just follow the links below or in the center column on the right.
There are of course a multitude of other hikes and trails in Banff National Park, most of which originate in the Bow Valley between Banff town and Lake Louise. These trailheads are located along the Trans-Canada Highway, the Bow Valley Parkway, and Highway 93 Icefields Parkway.
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This trail starts at the Cave and Basin historic site above Banff town and gently descends on a paved trail to the Cave and Basin Marsh Trail, on its way to Sundance Canyon.
C-Level Cirque trail reveals the mining history of the Canadian Rockies and views of Lake Minnewanka, making it popular with history buffs and nature lovers.
Aylmer Pass can be a day-hike or a multi-day hike. Either way it provides awesome views of Lake Minnewanka and the Canadian Rockies.
This beautiful trail just outside Banff in the Canadian Rockies’ Banff National Park runs for nearly 30 kilometers from Lake Minnewanka to Devil’s Gap.
A somewhat long and strenuous day hike in Banff National Park, it is worth to see the natural beauty and features of the Canadian Rockies carved by glaciers.
Johnson Canyon – Ink Pots trail is the most popular day hike in Banff National Park maybe all of the Canadian Rockies; an easy hike with scenic payoffs.
Leave behind the large backpacks and enjoy the splendor of the Canadian Rockies with a professional guide. That’s the beauty of guided hiking or walking tour.
Grab a backpack and hit a trail. Get out and enjoy the wilderness of Banff National Park and the surrounding areas of the Canadian Rockies.
Winter Icewalk Tours
in Jasper, Alberta
Join us on the three-hour Maligne Canyon Icewalk, where you will discover frozen waterfalls and elaborate ice caves!
Whitewater Rafting in Jasper, Alberta
Raft the exciting Sunwapta or the Athabasca River, or try the Fraser River in B.C. Jasper whitewater rafting has never been so appealing.
Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge
Get great deals on lodging in our newly renovated rooms and cabins surrounded by Jasper mountain scenery.
The Johnston Canyon Resort is the best way to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Canadian Rockies.