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Hiking Banff, Alberta

Hiking in Banff National Park Features Some of the Best Trails to Be Found in the Canadian Rockies

Summer day hikes in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. Banff National Park has 6,641 square kilometers of land comprising snow-capped mountains, valleys green with conifer forests, ancient glaciers and alpine meadows. The opportunities for casual strolls, day hikes and multi-day trekking is boundless, and some of it is the best you’ll find anywhere.

Whether you are looking for strenuous hikes with scenic 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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Yamnuska Mountain Adventures

200 – 50 Lincoln Park
Canmore, Alberta

Yamnuska Mountain Adventures


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Banff Travel

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Banff, Alberta

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Banff, Alberta Hiking

Cave & Basin – Sundance Canyon

Cave & Basin – Sundance Canyon

This 4.3-km trail starts at the Cave & Basin historic site above Banff and follows a paved trail to the Marsh Trail; it intersects with longer trails as well.

Hike the C Level Cirque

Hike the C Level Cirque

C-Level Cirque trail brings you the mining history of the Canadian Rockies and views of Lake Minnewanka; it’s popular with history buffs and nature lovers.

Lake Minnewanka to Aylmer Pass

Lake Minnewanka to Aylmer Pass

Aylmer Pass can be a rigorously tough day-hike or a multi-day hike. Either way it provides stunning views of Lake Minnewanka and the Canadian Rockies.

Lake Minnewanka – Devil’s Gap

Lake Minnewanka – Devil’s Gap

This trail outside Banff in the Canadian Rockies’ Banff National Park runs for nearly 30 gorgeously scenic kilometers from Lake Minnewanka to Devil’s Gap.

Cascade Amphitheatre Hike

Cascade Amphitheatre Hike

A bit long and strenuous day hike, the hike up to Cascade Amphitheatre is still easily doable in a day, and provides access to glacier-carved geologic features.

Ink Pots – Johnston Canyon

Ink Pots – Johnston Canyon

The Johnson Canyon to Ink Pots trail is the most popular day hike in Banff National Park, maybe all of Western Canada: it’s an easy hike with scenic payoffs.

Banff Hiking and Walking Tours

Banff Hiking and Walking Tours

Leave the large backpacks behind and enjoy the beauty of the Canadian Rockies with a professional guide. It’s hard to beat a guided hiking or walking tour.

Canadian Rockies Backpacking

Canadian Rockies Backpacking

Get close to nature and enjoy the wilderness of Banff National Park and the surrounding areas of the Canadian Rockies. Strap a backpack on and hit the trail!

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Canadian Rockies Lodges & Inns

Mount Robson Inn
A Jasper hotel offering family friendly accommodations in the Canadian Rockies with landscapes that will capture your heart.

Mountaineer Lodge
Comfortable lodge located in Lake Louise, nestled in a pine forest with tremendous views of Mount Temple and its summit glacier.


Canadian Rockies Activities

Banff Backpacking & Mountaineering
We are the premier provider of trekking, mountaineering, and rock climbing in the Canadian Rockies.

Winter Icewalk Tours
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