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The Ultimate Guide to the Best BANFF Hikes [2023]

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Everything you need to know to discover the best Banff hikes in our ultimate trekking guide!

The Banff National Park may just be the most beautiful place in all of Canada, and if you love getting outdoors as much as I do, then you’ll absolutely need to have a read of this guide to the best hikes in Banff!

I have to admit, the first time I went to Canada I fell instantly in love. It was like nothing I had ever seen before.

Mountains pierced the sky as snow glistened on top while steep slopes of lush forests met with fields of wildflowers as waterfalls with an endless supply of crystal clear water cascaded past me.

Hiking in Canada is becoming increasingly popular, even more so in Banff National Park, as it is becoming the ‘go to’ place for those seeking a heavy dose of nature.

My comprehensive guide to the best hikes in Banff includes these epic trails:

  • Consolation Lakes Trail
  • Bow Falls Trail
  • Brewster Glacier Skywalk
  • Lake Agnes Tea House Trail
  • Karst Spring Hiking Trail
  • Redearth Creek to Shadow Lake
  • Sunshine Meadows
  • Johnston Canyon
  • Wapta Icefield Hike
  • Parker Ridge Trail
  • Tunnel Mountain Trail
  • Sulphur Mountain Trail
  • Stanley Glacier Trail
  • Cascade Amphitheatre
  • Bourgeau Lake and Harvey Pass
  • Helen Lake Trail
  • Centennial Ridge Trail
  • Cory Pass and Mount Edith Circuit
  • Mount Assiniboine

Don’t miss our complete list of the best things to do in Banff while you’re in town.

Our guide to the best Banff hikes! Photo Credit: Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography.

The Best Banff Hikes for Every Traveller

Why is Banff the place to go for hiking and trekking you may be asking?

Banff is literally like a slice of heaven on earth. That might be the best way to describe this place as lakes of turquoise water reflect perfect mountains upon their surface while trails endlessly take you from waterfall to waterfall via blankets of wildflowers.

If you like a thing called ‘switchbacks’ then Banff is the place for you as they are bound to test out your hiking abilities.

I have put together a comprehensive list of hikes in Banff, and hikes around Banff National Park, ranging from a simple 2-hour stroll to the more demanding full-day treks which can be found within the park and its surrounds.

Hiking In Banff National Park Larch Valley
Photo Credit: Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography.

Best Time to Go Hiking in Banff

It’s always nice to go hiking in good conditions such as blue skies and a nice cool breeze, but the problem with this is that trails and huts often become…

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