Sundance Canyon Trail

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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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

10 km
381 m

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips




wild flowers



19 days ago

Snow covered, as to be expected this time of year. Snowshoes/crampons not necessary just yet.

2 months ago

More of a walk than a hike, but well worth it non the less. Bikes would be great for this as the trail is paved.

6 months 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.

6 months 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.

6 months 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.

6 months 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!

6 months 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.

7 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.

7 months ago

7 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!

Great mountain views on the hike!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Beautiful hike, has a very Johnston Canyon feel but with way less people!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

We did Sundance Canyon trail and really enjoyed the trek. Weather was cold and light rain in Mid July. While the Park was crowded the trail was not. We found the trail to be moderate not strenuous.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

This trail is wonderful for the scenery - the views are amazing and walking alongside the creek is relaxing as you listen to the water run.

The first part of the trail is paved, so super easy and flat. The real gem of the trail starts when the pavement ends. It's a quick and easy loop that won't disappoint.

A perfect spot to take a quick stop to eat is at the look out just before you head into the downward portion of the trail.

Watch for beautiful flowers, fungi, and birds.

Such a lovely walk!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

This one was ok, pretty flat for most of it. Kids would have had more fun doing it on their bikes.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Easy trail, lots of fun.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Beautiful walk! The waterfall at the end is great, you can climb right up it.

Monday, June 08, 2015

I loved this trail because it wasn't difficult but had great views.

Friday, September 06, 2013

Great little hike. If you want to miss the crowd it's beat to start from the cave and basin around 0900. I saw absolutely nobody else on the trail until the trip back.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

This trail is paved until the falls. It is great for biking, going for a run & even runs along a horse trail. Once tot he falls, there is a 1.5mi trail that wraps up & through the the canyon before depositing you back onto the paved trail. If going in the early seasons be sure to have cleats because there is still snow & ice on the trail. As a side note, I came across two squirrels mating on the paved trail...I think they were just as surprised to see me as I was them.

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