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

2 days ago

5/17 would recommend crampons. Great hike!

Great hike with the family!

Our fav hike with 2 kids (9 and 11), slippery after mirror lake.

10 days ago

Very crowd of the tea house but worth to go for the nice view.

We loved this hike, but the trail was very icy. I strongly recommend cleats if you are not very comfortable on the ice. We didn’t go to the upper falls because we were not prepared for the ice.

If the snow was melted, this would be such a great trail. The way that the park built out the trail made it much more accessible to the public.

Amazing view on the top!
However lots of switch backs and you dont have views for first couple hours.

road biking
20 days ago

Did this pkwy (+Bow River) over 4 days on my cyclocross bicycle. Started in Banff and finished in Jasper, staying at Morraine Lake Lodge, Num Ti Je lodge, Glacier lodge and Jasper Park lodge. Phenomenal ride. If you think the scenery is gorgeous in a car, plan doing it on a bike and enjoy a trip of a lifetime. Even Sunwapta Pass was enjoyable (looking back!).

A great hike. Awesome views of Mt Rundle and Lake Minnewanka. Banff townsite and Mt Norquay are cool too. It’s a long one due to its trailhead at Mt Norquay so plan accordingly. Trail to the amphitheater is pretty much all in the trees. But after?....wow.

Trail up is a bit boring, although felt rewarded by the nice colourful reflective lake at the top. Didn’t require snowshoes as some commenters are suggesting- I was there in August, I think. Reading the reviews and seeing photos I think it would have been worth it to press on beyond Bourgeau Lake but we ran out of time.

Easily one of my favourite hikes! Not too difficult. Worth it to go all the way up to Harvey’s pass!

30 days ago

Just did this trail yesterday. Crampons are a must. Beautiful views made the difficulty of uphill in ice and snow worth it! Tea house is closed and covered up in snow. But we had a snack break of our own on the porch and enjoyed the views! Breathtaking is a literal word I would use in describing this trail.

1 month ago

It's a great hike, don't get me wrong. But considering the amazing ones around, I give that only 4 stars. The best is to find a way to add it to something else. We did The little and big beehive, Lake agnes, highline trail and came back via plain of six glaciers. Big day, filled with amazing views

It's a great hike, don't get me wrong. But considering the amazing ones around, I give that only 4 stars. The best is to find a way to add it to something else. We did The little and big beehive, Lake agnes, and then this trail through highline trail. Big day, filled with amazing views

One of the best hike I've done in the Banff area, the scramble was fun to do. A good challenge too.

Did it yesterday,easy walk but some places are icy and some are under the water. So take a good shoes and anti slips :-)

1 month ago

Nice canyon , lots of people limited parking

1 month ago

It was not so easy with two kids 4 and 1 years old so it took us linger than usual. Nothing interesting in the way up but trees. However, once you reach the mirror lake, it is so beautiful. Finally, you can see a waterfall coming down from lake Agnes. Then, you know it was worth doing it. You can get a hot drink at the tea house. It is also a busy trail with lots of people

Easy hike; a little slippery at certain points. The views are amazing. Make sure to check out the cave!

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!!

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

2 months 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.

Great short walk

2 months 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.

2 months ago

Winter wonderland

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.

The weather was nice ! Trail was not busy at time we were there . I love the fact that people who had their dogs were on leashes . I really enjoyed the hike to the lower falls .

3 months ago

Feb 1st 2017 • Lots of snow, snowshoes needed. Lots of elevation gain at the beginning but well worth the work. Levels out to some amazing views!

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