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): This hike is chock full of stunning views. Combined with the pleasant trail and potential to experience the mesmerizing colors of the native larch trees in autumn, this is without a doubt our favorite route near Banff.

#2. Citadel Pass (21.9km, 885m, 6-8h): This stunning hike at Sunshine Meadows takes you to the end of Banff National Park and provides epic views the entire way.

#3. Bourgeau Lake / Harvey Pass (20.4km, 1,075m, 6-8h): It’s a long day, but we barely notice. The mind-blowing views are all the sustenance you need to keep going – especially if you want to summit Mount Bourgeau as well!

#4. Twin Cairns and Monarch Viewpoint (7.2km, 175m, 1.5-3h): Though not as popular as other hikes at Sunshine Meadows, we love this hike and the views across to Goat’s Eye Mountain from Monarch Viewpoint are spectacular.

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

#6. Lake Minnewanka Lakeside (up to 17.1km, 360m): This is a longtime favorite, and a beautiful walk along a stunning lake. The route is especially good in shoulder seasons where you can walk as long or short as your wish.

#7. Sunshine Meadows (7.6km, 175m, 2-3h): This is a great family-friendly hike, and the view of Rock Isle Lake is one of the best in all of the Canadian Rockies. Ride the Gondola or bus to the base of the ski area to take strain off tired legs.

#8. Johnston Canyon (5.6 k, 190 m, 1.5 – 2.5 h): 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 busy, which pushes it down the rating for us.

#9. Bow River Trail from Downtown Banff to Banff Springs Hotel (6km, 70m): This is one of our favorite hikes to do nearly every time we are in Banff. It’s not only family-friendly, but also saves the hassle of parking. A must-do if you are staying in Banff.

#10. Aylmer Lookout (25.8km, 1,085m): We love this hike with beautiful views of Lake Minnewanka. The length, however, may put it out of reach for many casual hikers.

Healy Pass

01. Healy Pass

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

Citadel Pass

02. Citadel Pass

  • Difficulty
  • 21.9km
  • 885m
  • 6-8h

Bourgeau Lake / Harvey Pass

03. Bourgeau Lake / Harvey Pass

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

Twin Cairns and Monarch Viewpoint

04. Twin Cairns and Monarch Viewpoint

  • Difficulty
  • 7.2km
  • 175m
  • 1.5-3h

Edith and Cory Pass Circuit

05. Edith and Cory Pass Circuit

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

Lake Minnewanka Lakeside

06. Lake Minnewanka Lakeside

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

Sunshine Meadows (Rock Isle, Grizzly and Larix Lake)

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

  • Difficulty
  • 7.6km
  • 175m
  • 2-3h

Johnston Canyon

08. Johnston Canyon

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

BOW RIVER TO BANFF SPRINGS

09. BOW RIVER TO BANFF SPRINGS

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

10. AYLMER LOOKOUT VIA LAKE MINNEWANKA

10. AYLMER LOOKOUT VIA LAKE MINNEWANKA

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

11. Boom Lake

10. Boom Lake

  • Difficulty
  • 10.9km
  • 230m
  • 2.5-3.5h

12. JOHNSTON CANYON AND INK POTS

12. JOHNSTON CANYON AND INK POTS

  • Difficulty
  • 10.7km
  • 550m
  • 2.5-4.5h

13. Cascade Amphitheatre

 

13. Cascade Amphitheatre

  • Difficulty
  • 12.9km
  • 675m
  • 3.5-5.5h

14. TUNNEL MOUNTAIN

 

14. TUNNEL MOUNTAIN

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

15. Stoney Squaw

 

15. Stoney Squaw

  • Difficulty
  • 4.5km
  • 190m
  • 1.5-2h

16. JOHNSON LAKE

 

16. JOHNSON LAKE

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

17. STANLEY GLACIER

17. STANLEY GLACIER

  • Difficulty
  • 11.4km
  • 568m
  • 3-4h

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

– Henry David Thoreau