Banff Legacy Trail is a 20.3 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Municipal District of Bighorn No. 8, Alberta, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 20.3 km Elevation Gain: 455 m Route Type: Point to Point

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hiking
no shade
4 days ago

Pretty great ride, lots of ups and downs both ways. Be prepared for a workout. It took us about 1.5 hr each way, but found the way back from Banff to Canmore more enjoyable. There is very little shade on this trail so be prepared with a hat!

mountain biking
9 days ago

Great day on the trail today for my first time! Was nice and clear. Rode on a normal women’s bike and took about 1.5 hours one way. Looking forward to the next ride.

mountain biking
snow
10 days ago

10 days ago

Trail was in great shape. Minimal rocks on it from Canmore to the Banff turnoff.

walking
rocky
1 month ago

Great trail but on a road bike it was tough as there was a lot of rock from the winter which made it a little more challenging. Went from Canmore to Banff but due to so much rock decided to ride on the highway back to Canmore. If the trail was clear of rock it would of been more enjoyable. Nonetheless beautiful view and easy ride considering. Recommend when the trail is clear.

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome trail. Getting icy in some spots.

mountain biking
9 months ago

A traditional favourite for us either on mountain bikes or road bikes. Not a difficult ride at all. Anyone can enjoy this beautifully paved trail.

mountain biking
9 months ago

First time on the trail. Great views and good length. The noise from the traffic on the highway a little loud, but still worth it. Will be doing it again.

road biking
9 months ago

Don’t complain about the highway. At least we have a safe and well maintained trail connecting Canmore and Banff! Also please use some courtesy on the trails, we almost got into a four bike collision because a kid decided to park her bike right in front of one of the trail gates and didn’t move her bike at all. Please use a bell or yell if you need to pass too. Around this time there are too many airheads taking up space on the trails who don’t have any courtesy for others!

10 months ago

My family rented bikes in Canmore and set off on the way to Banff. I was pulling a trailer with my 4 yr old and everyone’s backpacks. This trail is no joke pulling a trailer. It is uphill, even though slight at times, and it makes it very hard to pull a trailer. My wife and kids said it was fine on their bikes. We made it to the picnic area then turned around. Downhill then it was a lot of fun!

mountain biking
10 months ago

Have done this many times. Great bike ride with my best friend with very beautiful scenery

road biking
10 months ago

Biked this trail on a hybrid - first use a road bike if you can! Hybrid makes it so much tougher. Trail is very nice - definitely something you should do at least once. Canmore -> Banff is mainly uphill, took us an extra half an hour than going from Banff -> Canmore.

road biking
10 months ago

Nice leisurely ride for all abilities as it is a paved path. Views are spectacular. Trail is very busy and they were mowing the brush on either side of the pathway so grass and branches were on the pathway.

hiking
11 months ago

I ran this trail and it's not as flat as I was told it was. The entire trail has an overall elevation gain so you'll be running up hill the entire time. It's tough but very fun!

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful day on the trail. More than a few mud puddles to start but it made the ride fun and exciting. Gravel packed trail for the majority of the ride which was not affected by the rain. We rode one way from goat creek trail head to Banff and then returned via legacy trail. Great views of mountains and creeks!!!

mountain biking
11 months ago

We did this bike ride on June 15th. The trail is a smooth paved pathway that’s well used by bikers of all ages and abilities. It’s a beautiful ride in both directions, neither direction is significantly more difficult. The pathway is mostly flat with only slight hills. There’s a great lookout point along the way that helps to break up your ride and give you a bathroom break. It does follow the highway and pop in and out behind a tree line, we didn’t mind because it reminded us that we were out for an enjoyable ride while everyone on the highway was in a hurry rushing past us. We completed the ride from Canmore to Banff, had a quick bite in town, and went back on our way back to Canmore. Even under a light sprinkle of rain the ride was still enjoyable (likely less busy). Once you’ve gone one way your legs are warmed up to handle the return trip. The last time we did this ride we left later in the day, so we felt too rushed to bike back. Banff and Canmore are connected with a bus that allows a small number of bikes on board. If you’re ever unsure about completing the return it’s easy and cheap to hop on a bus back to your car. We love this ride and suggest it to anyone who comes to visit.

mountain biking
11 months ago

Was pleasantly surprised by the legacy trail going from Banff to Canmore. It was much easier than I expected it to be, and the views are better than being in the car.

road biking
Sun May 26 2019

Good rainy day option! Trail is well maintained, paved, and currently free of ice and snow. Fairly easy in terms of elevation gain. Beautiful scenery, but right by the highway.

Thu May 16 2019

To anyone complaining about the highway... There used to be no trail. if you didn't drive you had to bike the TransCanada. This trail is excellent and is safe and the hills are much better than on the highway.

road biking
Tue Nov 27 2018

I have cycled this trail twice. The first time from Banff to Canmore & back. The second time from Canmore to Banff & back. If you start in Canmore you cycle on an incline more to Banff so the cycle back is easier, that’s the best way to do it. Beautiful mountain views along the way. There is a viewpoint stop along the way. If you only want to cycle one way you can take the bus back. I’ve never used it, but it’s nice to know there is the option.

Sat Sep 08 2018

Great trail for road biking - nice wide path. Didn’t take it for the views (you are along the highway), but nice option for some exercise & travel between Banff and Canmore.

Sat Sep 08 2018

Rented bikes and completed this trail on our first day in Canmore. While the views are quite nice, almost the entire trail is adjacent to the freeway, which makes it a bit noisy. Also, you could easily get the same views from your car while passing through the area.

Sat Aug 18 2018

nice ride. not very peaceful as you have the traffic of the trans canada hey right there...

Mon Jul 02 2018

I biked from Banff to canmore and back. It is mostly along the highway but it was still a nice ride.

Thu Dec 28 2017

Have gone out and back a few times with the kids, age 9 and 11. Great trail for families on bikes!

road biking
Sun Dec 10 2017

The path follows right beside the highway for most of it. Not a very relaxing ride.

Thu Aug 24 2017

Nice paced bike ride between Banff and Canmore. Very kid friendly.

mountain biking
Wed Sep 28 2016

Paved pathway. Allow for 2 - 3 hours to bike both ways depending on how long you stop for breaks and the speed you cycle. Canmore to Banff is more challenging than the reverse route. Most of the trail runs along the highway so expect traffic noise to accompany the beautiful scenery.

hiking
3 days ago

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