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

I did this one late in my hiking career, and expected a pretty boring, easy, and crowded hike.
Mostly correct. There are however still a few views that are alright and the ponds are actually pretty cool.
The green and reflection I guess, but still so many people layin all around them.
Once is enough

Excellent and challenging trail for running. Continue back to the “Ravines” neighbourhood on the single team that run on top of the valley.

Very steep at the beginning but very easy after about the first 2/3. The snow covered lake is in a beautiful bowl of peaks! Can’t wait to get back in summer!

This was a beautiful trail!! The trail offers some outstanding views once making it past the steep inclines. Most of the hike is in tree covering, but once you make it to the opening it is a worthy hike!! Our snowshoes worked out great and we wore minimal layers as we heated up quickly during climbing. I’d advise bringing additional layers for the opening as the winds tend to pick up past the tree line.
- great trail signage
- moderate/medium level difficulty during winter
- spectacular views
- easy access in and out of trail

Take the guided hike on Athabasca Glacier. It is awesome. Dress warm and tread lightly. Glad they gave us crampons. My profile pic is of my wife and me on this glacier.

Very crowded. Good mountain views and nice lake.

7 days ago

Great views of Banff, the valley and river.

Nice hike mostly through woods with a lake every so often.

Nice hike with 2 waterfalls and hiking along a river to the ink pots. Very crowded however. Get there really early to get a parking spot. At the ink pots, eat a lunch along the river. Mountains in background are very scenic.

Great little walk!

8 days ago

The trail was compacted well enough for us all to hike with just good quality boots.
While there are more challenging hikes around. This is a very enjoyable trail with a beautiful clearing as you reach the lake.
It was perfect during the day we went.

8 days ago

Easy hike with beautiful views!

10 days ago

This is always where we seem to go for our first snowshoe trip of the year! It is peaceful and the snow is always great.

Very slippery. Need spikes, very busy trail this weekend

11 days ago

Okay little hike but more vertical than we were hoping for on an “easy” walk. The loop isn’t fully open so it’s just an in and out right now. Crampons or poles definitely needed with the hard packed and slippery snow. Super close to Canmore which was convenient. All dogs were leashes too which was nice.

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.

This is a gorgeous fun trail. Make sure you go early to avoid crowds. We did this in September and not many people went to the Ink Pots, so much less crowded, but coming back was very crowded around the falls. The ink pots are very neat. Love this trail.

11 days ago

First trail we took on our trip to Banff. What a way to start! So much for easing into things. The reward at the end was more than worth it. Tea was wonderful. The return trip seemed to be more difficult, but was worth every step.

11 days ago

Great easy winter trail. Good for dogs as well.
Well maintained - definitely need crampons!

Recommend ice picks! Awesome trail though in good shape

Did this trail today, when it's still snow from the parking lot all the way to the ink pots. It was just above freezing. Really lovely. Sheltered from the wind, and the sun was warm enough that I was able to get down to just basic insulators. Spikes are a must, though, and poles recommended!

12 days ago

Easy hike for families with great views and scenery. Make sure you go down the canyon to the water and get a family photo! Well worth the stop. Not a lot of people in May.

12 days ago

Easy hike but definitely need crampons in the spring. If you are lucky enough to go before the summer when the tourists hit you may have the place completely to yourself! Other than the howling wolves it was majestic :)

12 days ago

The area around the hoodoos itself is short. However we use this as a starting point for hiking through the foothills in the area. This is my children’s favourite place and we have been across Canada. Just be warned to watch for deep crevasses if you do go off to make your own trail and for cacti. I had my youngest get a million “prickles” in his hand a few years back that he had to pull out one by one. Great opportunity to let your children feel like they are out in the wild ❤️

12 days ago

Great winter hike, minimal elevation and very protected, definitely need crampons towards the end as it got pretty icy.

nice and short hike for our first in Banff, great views along the way and nothing difficult to encounter on the way. cleats made a huge difference because the packed snow trail was a bit slippery without them.

13 days ago

We did most of this trail - stopped early to head home - but definitely worth doing. Steep at the beginning but flat and easy going for the rest of the way. Good for snowshoeing but the hikers we had with us had a bit of trouble on the hill. Great snow and good views!

15 days ago

A pleasant walk in the woods with some modest views.

The trailhead here has recently been improved with increased parking, signage and an outhouse.

Trail route is slightly modified as well between the trailhead and the Fullerton Loop junction as the trail no longer dips down to the Elbow River to join the 'pre-flood' route. No route finding issues and it avoids the area that was usually extremely icy in winter and spring.

Easy hike for beginners!!

cross country skiing
17 days ago

We did this with some beginner cross country skiers had a great time. We ended up doing about 12 km, we just followed the tracks made. Not sure what other hikes it connected with.
Highly recommend for a beginner or kid cross country skier.
Quiet on the week day, beautiful views!

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