Sundance Canyon Trail

MODERATE 37 reviews
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Sundance Canyon Trail is a 10.0 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Banff, 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 May until October.

DISTANCE
10 km
ELEVATION GAIN
522 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

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1 month ago

Sundance Canyon was a decent trail to hike. Wasn't real difficult to get through other than the relentless mosquitos that terrorize you from the moment you enter the paved part of the trail till the moment you got back to the parking lot.
The view from the "lookout" at the top was fantastic.
Along the way, we came across some fresh bear track and fresh scat in the middle of the trail.
Over all it was a good experience.

1 month ago

We biked up the paved trail to the beginning of the hike. You can lock your bikes at the end of the paved path. This year for some reason there were a LOT of mosquitoes. It was crazy! You have to bring bug spray, each of us got like 30 mosquito bites. Otherwise it's a nice little hike with some waterfalls and bridges.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

As soon as you're off the concrete path it is beautiful! The waterfall just creeps up on you. Go up over both little bridges for a spectacular view. If you're not into running or walking it'd be a very easy bike ride up and the bike can be chained to a bike rack at the end of the concrete path. Easy trail with a beautiful beautiful end! I went before 9am and was the only one there. Much nicer than Johnson canyon which was quite crowded.

1 month ago

We biked the paved part leading up to the trail, then the first incline part of the trail is great, bridges, the mini water falls. Trail is narrow in sections so watch your step. Second half is fairly easy downhill through the woods. Biking back down the paved part is the best it's all downhill to the cave basin parking!

1 month ago

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1 month ago

First 5km are paved (boring). The loop at the end of the pavement is great and not crowded (on a Tuesday). Recommend that you ride a bike to end of pavement and then hike the loop, riding back after.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike within close proximity to the Banff townsite. The first couple of km is an asphalt pathway heading West from the Cave & Basin. The nicest part of the hike definitely starts at the end of the asphalt, where the trail heads off into the trees and follows the creek up the mountain. Beautiful creek, waterfalls and views of the Banff/Bow river valley. Overall, a nice quick afternoon hike.

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2 months ago

I did this one twice and the winter and would definitely attempt it in the summer as well! Can be done with running shoes but I would recommend hiking boots for the first quarter of the canyon loop itself. The first few kilometres is along the river on a wide open pathway. Further up the trail narrows and if you go left across the bridge you are faced with a steep incline- none the less I would definitely recommend going left at the trail head as the reverse is a longer ascent. The canyon trails weren't as well worn during the winter months but it was still easy to navigate. We didn't see any sort of critters or cougars along either trek!