Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
off trail
scramble
snow
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Nice to do as a trail run - easy, little elevation gain (mostly undulating) and quite knotty with the branches which makes it fun for running. Nice and cool too once you get into the shade of the trees. Wouldn’t recommend as a hike as it’s quite boring once you get past the first 3km and no longer get views of the river.

some parts closed due to construction

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

I did this one on my own, and it was definitely alright. As expected it's pretty much straight up working those legs. I saw only two other groups on the trail so it's not a busy hike at all despite it being a Saturday. Ha Ling peak next door and the Goat Creek parking lot were incredibly busy. - Arrive early if you want a parking spot! - The section at the top can be a little tricky, maybe more so on the way down. That said, IF it's completely dry it's not bad at all. I read a few other reports about the slab sections being super scary, which I think it absolutely would be if it were wet. If it's dry, you can just walk on up but take it slow coming down. - Don't miss the cairn/marker along the left of that creek bed on the way up. If you get to a small waterfall with graffiti on it you've gone way to far! - Saw some fresh bear poop on the lower section of the trail, so they're around. - Great view of Canmore from the peak, but it was super windy and cold up there. - Took me 6 hours but I was pretty lazy/relaxed about stopping. I think 4.5 to 5 hours plus breaks is a reasonable time frame.

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

I did this mountain on Monday and it was beautiful! very hard for my experience but it was worth it! the views are beautiful and if you go off trail slightly, you'll hit a small Creek by the gully. steep all the way up! The walk at the beginning is very long, but I walked back during sunset and it was beautiful!

hiking
bugs
over grown
3 months ago

Mosquito infested, almost no scenery, went 3km with kids out with no sign of anything historic, or even remotely interesting. A 2 hour forced march trough the woods with nothing to show for it other than 10,000 mosquito bites.

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Advanced hike for sure. Like another review I saw me made it to 100 m before the summit and turned around because we had an extremely hard time getting any good footing on the scree. It was very steep. Beautiful.

We hiked from Banff. Did not hike to the end. This is a beautiful, easy hike to do. It is not difficult as the application says. The trail has very little elevation and can be done by everyone. The first 4 kilometers are worthwhile, but after we are in the woods without a view of the river. I do not know if it's worth going all the way, but otherwise you can do it for the first 4 kilometers.

hiking
scramble
3 months ago

The scariest/hardest hike/scramble I've ever done. It's just standard and steep for the most part (enjoyable, even; with beautiful views!) until before the summit when you reach rock slabs. I didn't realise the danger of them and just sauntered up before I realised that some pebbles on top basically provide a fast ticket down the mountain! I was stuck in a precarious position until my friend backtracked and offered me her leg -- I just needed a hold! We made it to 100m before the summit, just after the scramble with a cliff on either side, before we decided to go back. Our nerves were shot, the pebbles wanted to kill us, and we were being hit in the face with snow and wind. We'll try again in better weather... and with some reinforced nerves.

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

Little paved parking area right after the one way bridge. A long initial flat walk along the water diverging canal. Once you start the hike about 20 minutes in, that’s when the steep hike starts. And it doesn’t end. Great leg workout if you skipped leg day like I did that week. Last few hundred meters are loose rocks, would need proper boots to climb. Didn’t encounter any bears, but did notice few bear stools on the way up. Carry a bear spray !

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Great hike, end was sketchy AF... Had a bear cross our path at the end, thankfully saw it a ways away and used horns and other measures... Would definitely recommend and do again. Be smart and safe.

hiking
4 months ago

Fantastic hike from Canmore to Banff. I'd list it as easy to moderate, there isn't much in the way of elevation. If you're planning on biking, there are a lot of tree roots.

hiking
4 months ago

very slabby on shallow lose rock on the last 300m. Grips were a lil precarious and slowed us down but still a fun bit of scrambling and a great peak!

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

Did this trail on Saturday, 1 June 2019. There were only seven people on the trail including us, so it was very quiet. The trail is half forest and half rocky. The last 1k is pretty strenuous with few risk prone areas. For us it took 7 hours (including 1 hour of rest) to complete the hike end to end. There was another couple who might have done it in 5 hours and they looked pro. The views are amazing as soon as one is out of the forest. At the summit you get the views of the other side looking towards Camore. Its is a double bonus. Overall very good hike from the point of workout and fun.

hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

I hiked this today from downtown Canmore to downtown Banff. Took around 6 hours 30 minutes in total including a short stop for lunch. It turns out to be around 23 kilometres. The hardest part was hiking to, and navigating through, Canmore Nordic Centre. Once on the Rundle Riverside trail it was an easy (although long) hike with amazing views. Mostly flat and not busy even on a beautiful day. Walking through the golf course just before entering Banff was also a treat for the eyes. I highly recommend this hike.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice little walking trail. Very quiet which was nice. Perfect little getaway if your looking for a quick walk. The fam and i liked it :)

Awesome trail for trail running! Lots of fun single track with a variety of scenery and minimal elevation gain. Trail is completely dry now.

hiking
scramble
snow
5 months ago

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