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cross country skiing
In the fall of 1883, three Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers stumbled across a cave containing hot springs on the eastern slopes of Alberta's Rocky Mountains. From that humble beginning was born Banff National Park, Canada's first national park and the world's third. Spanning 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers, Banff National Park is one of the world's premier destination spots.
Great option for an easy day. Most of the hike occurs on the straightaway through the forest as the trail gently rolls up and occasionally down. The forest is thick and full of eye candy. Bring a good partner for great conversations cuz you should have your breath on this hike. You'll suddenly appear out of the forest and find yourself amongst a rock yard beside the lake. Relax, grab a bite, and take pics of the shear wall of rock brilliance on the other side of the lake.
While visiting one of the most famous lakes in the world, be sure to put in some effort and visit Lake Louise's little sister, Lake Agnes. Trail is very well maintained. You can grab fantastic hot tea at the shack while overlooking Lake Agnes. The beehives are wondrous, the water is beautiful, and pretty much everything is fantastic about this classic hike.
Very enjoyable hike. The hike begins amongst the trees and is fairly gradual. Once you begin the straightaway into the canyon, you be greeted with meadows of mountain flowers and stunning views of Castle Mountain on your left. When you reach the lower lake, take a break. You will need it because the final ascent to the upper lake is very strenuous, but so worth it.
This is a great little easy hike. I did it in February when there was ice and it was beautiful. Make sure to wear cleats and water proof shoes. Go early in the morning too to avoid traffic on the trail! It's a great trail for dogs and kids (but make sure they have cleats). Once you get to the falls (only takes about 45 minutes) make sure to keep going because there is a great trail that continues that lots of people miss. Overall it took us only 2 ish hours and we went a little further on the second trail. Highly recommend for a winter hike but make sure to bring a snack!