Explore the most popular camping trails near Banff with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Well worth the long trek in. First couple hours to Bourgeau lake is mostly covered with the odd views looking back down the valley. Once past the first lake, the views through Harvey Pass and the ridge to the summit will give you more than enough motivation to keep going! One of the best hikes I’ve done in the Rockies.

Incredible views from the end of the trail. Worth doing despite crowds.

10/10 views. Paved, very short trail with steep incline to the look out. Bathrooms in the parking lot. SOOO many people acting like fools.

Nice easy hike up a paved trail leading to an overpopulated wooden lookout. For an even better view with no one in your way, leave behind the crowds and continue on to a three-way junction. Left leads to the upper bus parking lot while the right and middle trails continue on to a Forest loop. Take the middle trail and continue on for about a kilometre where you will run into an unmarked dirt trail on your left. Take this switchback trail up to an amazing lookout with no one around. It’s well worth it, trust me.

Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful lakes in the Rockies. The short uphill trail can get quite busy. But the view at the top is incredible.

Busy and people just stomp all over vegetation to get a good picture. Beautiful views.

17 days ago

Great backpacking hike or long day hike. You steadily gain elevation to the pass for a final push straight up. You then descend a lot of elevation to Egypt lake. The campground is beautiful, well laid out sites, well maintained washrooms and some spots are sheltered with trees. If staying overnight definitely take the time to hike up the whistling valley trail to scarab lake. There is a big waterfall you can get a view of flowing down into Egypt lake. The views are amazing and it’s absolutely worth the extra 4km.

22 days ago

Did this hike June 27. The first 7 km is mostly through forest but once you reach the meadows near the top it’s beautiful. It’s a long way but it isn’t too steep so it doesn’t feel very challenging at any one point. That being said I took the detour to Simpson pass adding a few extra kilometres on the way down and was quite tired by the end. Took me 5.5 hours from the parking lot to the top and back with some stops to eat along the way.

Super easy walk to this I went off the paved trail because let’s be real it’s no trail when shits paved. Cool views from higher of the mountains and lake! Tour buses come here so be aware you’ll have a ton of people get in your views and pictures. Cool spot but less crowded than the other famous lakes.

We stopped by real quick just to take pictures at the viewpoint in April 2017. Although the lake was still frozen over solid, it was majestic.

Quick hike on a paved path with a huge payoff! This is a very busy trail.

May 31st, 2018. I went up the scramble for the view, but would recommend going down to the base of the lake and then into the valley behind it. Truly incredible. I was completely alone and felt like I was on another planet. The rock/cliff formations back there, with the streams running along side is just mind blowing. From the base of the lake, it’s about an hour all the way in, and once inside that valley, it feels like you’re in Lord of the Rings. There’s a small rock/cliff waterfall thats eerily cool, and I’d recommend climbing above it for a great perspective. Highly recommended to go into the valley. What a treat!!

Best effort vs value

This place is sooooo crowded, and it's not a hike. I'm usually doing 20 miles a day, so this is a joke. ... Still, I have to admit this might be the single most beautiful thing I've seen in Banff. Don't skip that for anything else, trust me!

beautiful definitely worth the trek up... just keeping going and be patient and anyone can make it.

Beautiful view point. We wanted to see how far we could get to summit but with only crampons and no snow shoes we didn't make it very far as we frequently sunk to our waist's into the snow when trying to venture onto the path that the cross country skiers took. The walking trails did not extend very far up the mountain.

It is difficult to find out the road to the lake due to limited sign. Recommended consult ppl before hiking, definitely worth for it. 5 stars

A short stroll to a spectacular view, not to miss if you travel along the Icefield Parkway!
Peyto Lake (pea-toe) is a glacier-fed lake located in Banff National Park. The lake was named for Bill Peyto, an early trail guide and trapper in the Banff area. The lake is formed in a valley of the Waputik Range, between Caldron Peak, Peyto Peak and Mount Jimmy Simpson, at an elevation of 1,860 m (6,100 ft). During the summer, significant amounts of glacial rock flour flow into the lake, and these suspended rock particles give the lake a bright, turquoise color. The lake is best seen from Bow Summit, the highest point on the Icefield Parkway.

Really nice hike and views

Incredible view. Short walk on paved road. Lots of people it worth it.

10 months ago

This was my first backpacking experience and I would definitely say it was an awesome to start with. I would not have rated it as 'hard' as many sites consider it to be a beginner hike. It took us 4 hours from the gondola (Pro-tip : take the gondola to sunshine village and hike from there). Don't waste energy by carrying tons of water, buy the chlorine pellets and fill up from the river.

This is a great short track to an amazing view point. Go early to avoid the crowds.

short hike, difficult to find the place but finally got there... that was so beautiful that I couldn't leave!!

Beautiful trail view panoramic views of Peyto Lake and the Glacier

Super easy "hike" to spectacular lookout. Keep going up to get away from the crazy crowds. Depending on the trail you take, you could travel through a nice little meadow. At the top you can look out onto Bow Lake. The entire hike is easy. Nice clean trails.

Path not clearly marked but you figure it out along the way, just head up! Very short and easy, nice view with less tourists! Maybe 45 min round

11 months ago

One of the most beautiful overlooks on the planet! Hiked it the first week in July on a cloudless day. Once you get past the tourist overlook where most everyone stops to "Oooo" and "Ahhh," and then hike further to the good stuff at the rocky overlook, it's pay-dirt! Fairly easy trail on which we saw few hikers after the tourist overlook.

11 months ago

An absolute must do. Most breathtaking scenery in Canada!

Take lots of water. It's a long steady climb to the incredibly beautiful Healy Pass (7.9km) then a steep down hill to the Egypt Lake shelter (3km). Yes, that means a 3k steep climb back out. Best for an over night at the lake or very early start/return. Tip: campsite #14 is full of large rocks. Best for small tents.

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