Banff Hikes

Hiking in Banff National Park is exquisite, with untouched beauty, varied views and plenty of animals. We’ve found the 10 best hikes near the town of Banff, and these great trails will have you hiking to stunning passes, exploring the beautiful Johnston Canyon as well as seeing stunning lakes near Banff.  With such a large park, this region only focuses on the hikes close to Banff townsite.

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The top 10 Hikes near Banff Townsite

The town of Banff, in the Canadian Rockies, is a wonderful base for outdoor holidays.  There are many great hikes within 20 minutes of Banff.  These trails include wonderful, family-friendly hikes through to challenging, all-day hikes.  Here are the 10 Best hikes near the Town of Banff:

#1. Healy Pass (19km, 705m, 5-6h): We love this hike, especially in Autumn when it is one of the best hikes for larch viewing.  Stunning views and a pleasant trail make this our favorite hike near Banff.

#2. Bourgeau Lake / Harvey Pass (20.4km, 1,075m, 6-8h): It’s a long day, but we barely notice. Once out of the trees the views are mind-blowing. Those with energy can summit Mount Bourgeau as well!

#3. Edith and Cory Pass Circuit (14.2km, 1,075m, 6-8h): This hike has it all with incredible views and varied, changing landscapes.  There is a bit of scrambling on this route, which almost kept it off the list – if you don’t like using your hands move onto #4.

#4. Sunshine Meadows (8.6km, 275m, 3-4.5h): This is a great family-friendly hike at the Sunshine Ski Resort.  The view of Rock Isle Lake is one of the best views in the Rockies.  Take the Gondola or bus to the base of the Sunshine ski area to take the strain off the legs.

#5. Lake Minnewanka Lakeside (up to 17.1km, 360m, 3.5-6h): This is a longtime favorite, and a beautiful walk along a stunning lake.  Good in shoulder seasons you can walk as long or short as your want.

#6. Bow River Trail from Downtown Banff to Banff Springs Hotel (6km, 70m, 1.5-2h): We do this hike almost every time we are in Banff. A great family friendly hike and saves the hassle of parking.  A must-do if you are staying in Banff.

#7. Aylmer Lookout (25.8km, 1,085m, 7-9h): We love this hike, however the length puts it out of reach for many casual hikers.

#8. Johnston Canyon and Ink Pots (12km, 450m, 5-6h): This hike is incredible if you go outside peak times, such as early / late in the day or else shoulder season.  In summer, it’s very, very busy, which pushes it down the rating.

#9. Tunnel Mountain (4.3km, 300m, 2-3h): A great family friendly hike or an after-dinner hike for those in Banff.  Walk from downtown Banff up Tunnel Mountain for great views.

#10. Johnson Lake (3km, 30m, 0.75-1.5h): A great family friendly hike with stunning views.

#11. Stanley Glacier (8.4km, 365m): Don’t tell anybody, but this hike is actually in Kootenay National Park. It’s so great we had to find a place to put it, so we’ve snuck it in here.

Healy Pass

01. Healy Pass

  • Difficulty
  • 19km
  • 705m
  • 5-6h

Bourgeau Lake / Harvey Lake / Harvey Pass

02. Bourgeau Lake / Harvey Lake / Harvey Pass

  • Difficulty
  • 20.4km
  • 1,075m
  • 6-8h

Edith and Cory Pass Circuit

03. Edith and Cory Pass Circuit

  • Difficulty
  • 14.3km
  • 1,075m
  • 6-8h

Sunshine Meadows (Rock Isle, Grizzly and Larix Lake)

04. Sunshine Meadows (Rock Isle, Grizzly and Larix Lake)

  • Difficulty
  • 8.6km
  • 275m
  • 3-4.5h

Lake Minnewanka Lakeside

05. Lake Minnewanka Lakeside

  • Difficulty
  • 17.1km
  • 360 m
  • 3.5-6h

BANFF BOW RIVER TO BOW FALLS TO BANFF SPRINGS

06. BANFF BOW RIVER TO BOW FALLS TO BANFF SPRINGS

  • Difficulty
  • 6km
  • 70m
  • 1.5-2h

07. AYLMER LOOKOUT VIA LAKE MINNEWANKA

07. AYLMER LOOKOUT VIA LAKE MINNEWANKA

  • Difficulty
  • 25.8km
  • 1,085m
  • 7-9h

08. JOHNSTON CANYON AND INK POTS

08. JOHNSTON CANYON AND INK POTS

  • Difficulty
  • 19km
  • 705m
  • 5-6h

09. TUNNEL MOUNTAIN

 

09. TUNNEL MOUNTAIN

  • Difficulty
  • 4.3km
  • 300m
  • 2-3h

10. JOHNSON LAKE

 

10. JOHNSON LAKE

  • Difficulty
  • 3km
  • 30m
  • 0.75-1.5h

11. STANLEY GLACIER

11. STANLEY GLACIER

  • Difficulty
  • 8.4km
  • 365m
  • 3-4h

“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees

– Henry David Thoreau