Hiking in Banff

Hikes in Banff National Park: Take Your Pick of Prime Canadian Rockies Trails

Summer day hikes in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies.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.

If you’re interested in a guided hiking tour with a group or hiking on a private guided tour, these things are available with many of the local tour operators.

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Banff Featured Hikes

Cave and Basin to Sundance

Cave and Basin to Sundance

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 Hike

C Level Cirque Hike

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, Lake Minnewanka

Aylmer Pass, Lake Minnewanka

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.

Devil’s Gap, Lake Minnewanka

Devil’s Gap, Lake Minnewanka

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.

Hike Cascade Amphitheatre

Hike Cascade Amphitheatre

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.

Johnston Canyon – Ink Pots

Johnston Canyon – Ink Pots

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.

Banff Hiking and Walking Tours

Banff Hiking and Walking Tours

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.

Backpacking: Canadian Rockies

Backpacking: Canadian Rockies

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.

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