Banff Hikes

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.

Or for further information on guided tours in the Canadian Rockies, fill out the blue form on the right.

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Yamnuska Mountain Adventures

200 – 50 Lincoln Park
Canmore, Alberta

Yamnuska Mountain Adventures


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Banff Travel

Call Toll Free (888) 659-3394 or local 403-774-7219
211 Bear Street
Bison Courtyard
Banff, Alberta

Banff Travel: for all your Canadian Rockies adventure needs.


Hikes In and Around Banff

Private Guided Tours

Private Guided Tours

Want a unique Canadian Rockies trip? Try a private guided backcountry skiing, mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, hiking, or backpack trip.

Cave & Basin – Sundance Canyon

Cave & Basin – Sundance Canyon

This 4.3-kilometer 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.

Banff C-Level Cirque

Banff C-Level Cirque

Popular with both history buffs and nature lovers, the C-Level Cirque hike reveals the mining history of the Canadian Rockies and views of Lake Minnewanka.

Lake Minnewanka’s Aylmer Pass

Lake Minnewanka’s Aylmer Pass

Aylmer Pass: a challenging day-hike or an extended multi-day hike. Either way it provides awesome views of Lake Minnewanka and the Canadian Rockies.

Lake Minnewanka – Devil’s Gap

Lake Minnewanka – Devil’s Gap

At nearly 30 kilometers from Lake Minnewanka to Devil’s Gap, this is a long but beautiful trail just outside Banff in the Canadian Rockies’ Banff National Park.

Cascade Amphitheatre Hike

Cascade Amphitheatre Hike

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.

Hike Johnston Canyon – Ink Pots

Hike Johnston Canyon – Ink Pots

Johnson Canyon – Ink Pots trail is one of the most popular day hikes in Banff National Park maybe all of the Canadian Rockies; an easy hike with scenic payoffs.

Hiking and Walking Tours

Hiking and Walking Tours

The benefit of a hiking or walking tour is that you leave behind the large backpacks and enjoy the splendor of the Canadian Rockies with a professional guide.

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