Soaring Peaks, Icy Blue Lakes, Thick Blankets of Forest – All Just Waiting to Be Discovered by You.
As you take a deep breath and reach for another step on your way to one of the summits that call Banff National Park home, it’s not lost on you that this is what summer is all about – endless adventure and exploration. As you stop to take a sip of some ice-cold water (boy, the incline on today’s trail is intense), you take a moment to look at the views – soak it all in; there’s something about standing amongst the giants that can be intimidating and awe-inspiring.
Here’s the secret that locals have come to discover; hiking regardless of the trail, regardless of the season is one of the most incredible things you can do when you’re in Banff. With over 1,600km (994miles) of trails, hiking in Banff offers something for everyone. So whether you are a seasoned pro at hiking or prefer strolls, the Canadian Rockies will deliver incredible adventures. Every. Single. Time.
Now for the challenge – no, it’s not the incline on a particular hike or the chance of running into wildlife; it’s not even the chance that you might run out of snacks on your journey – no, the challenge is deciding which hikes to do. There are so many beautiful ones that creating a list of the best hikes in Banff is, in all honesty, a pretty ambitious task. In our humble opinion, what we’ve come up with is the cream of the crop, the popular hikes, which you as a visitor have to experience before leaving.