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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.

It was a short and fairly easy trail, great for snowshoeing (do not need snowshoes, but definitely helps near the end of the trail). Only 2 view points, didn't last long and were not great.

4 days ago

First hike ever! Did this back in 2014 and it was amazing!

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.

Just do it!!

Very crowded. Good mountain views and nice lake.

6 days ago

Great views of Banff, the valley and river.

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.

My wife and I hiked to the tea house, got a spot of tea, then went all the way to the end. Gorgeous view of glaciers and mountains. Even heard an avalanche come down off one of the glaciers. Little crowded but an enjoyable hike

View was way better than Big Beehive. Well worth the extra 45 minute scramble to the top.

Very slippery. Need spikes, very busy trail this weekend

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.

10 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.

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!

for a newbie hiker it was a bit daunting, we started at 4:30pm and thought we'd have enough time but it started getting dark before we got to the loop at the end. the views were worth it but the amount of snow made it a bit dangerous, the path had been completely snowed over in some parts so it walked alongside some of the bridges instead of on them. beautiful scenery but take care and allow for a lot more time than we did if you're doing this in the winter. like most have said the first 5km was very easy though, basically just a stroll.

12 days ago

We snowshoed along this trail yesterday - the snow is not too deep but they helped on a couple of steeper parts on the back loop. The river walk has a nice view and the view at the top is great. The canyon itself is definitely worth doing - we went counterclockwise up the hill and would recommend going that way.

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.

Great short walk

Beautiful and easy walk in -30 weather

Beautiful in winter, slippery on uphills but fine with good winter boots and warm clothing. The upper falls are beautiful when frozen.

one of the best trails ever hiked in my 68 years of life!

23 days ago

A beautiful pit stop that could be very easily overlooked! A short walk down the hill gets you to the canyon with gorgeous falls. You could make this a 30 minute stop, or carry on exploring the trails along the river.

23 days ago

Winter wonderland

Amazing hike! make sure you bring crimp-ons. The waterfalls ate breath taking!

Great little hike with fantastic views! Short & easy, and seems to be a popular trail as there were lots of people.

cross country skiing
27 days ago

We took our XC skis out February 21 and there was plenty of snow. Beautiful hike in the trees until we got to the lake where it opens up to Mountain View’s. Great trail we will come again.

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

Easy. Did this in winter and very chill walk, not really a hike. Great views and nice when you have the trail to yourself in winter.

Really nice. Took us almost three hours in the winter with a quick detour to view Johnston canyon. Really nice and easily done, not much elevation gain at all and easy for most hikers. Wouldn’t want to do this in the summer as it’s probably too busy.

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