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Guided Signature Banff Hikes

Where: Banff, Alberta
Age restriction: Minimum age for participation - 13 years
Price for: 1 Participant
This exhilarating experience is your chance to explore one of four Banff signature hikes that represent the best trails in Banff and Lake Louise for guided hikes. Ranging from easy to moderate, discover some of Canada’s most breathtaking landscape on these Guided Banff Hikes.

Four incredible signature Banff hikes to choose from:

  • Kootenay National Park Trails
  • Larch Valley
  • Stanley Glacier
  • Plain of Six Glaciers

These Banff hiking trails can be considered amongst the best of the best when it comes to getting out there and spending time in the backcountry of the Rocky Mountain National Parks. From the explosion of wildflowers in the spring, to the clear glacier views in the summer where you can experience hearing the roar of the glacial carving (melting), to the change of colour with Aspen, Larch and Birch all transforming into brilliant golden yellows, these Banff hiking trails should not be missed.

Your interpretive guides’ priority is having a safe, fun and informative tour that connects you to where you are visiting. These Guided Signature Banff Hikes are in small groups, which is recommended for safety to reduce wildlife encounters.

Season:  June 1st to beginning of October (trail conditions dependent)

Kootenay National Park Trails
Travel to three short hiking trails within Kootenay National Park such as Vista Lake, Marble Canyon, Paint Pots, Fireweed Loops, and Numa Falls.  You’ll enjoy connecting with nature and with a variety of different views of the National Park. This trip is ideal for families and first time hikers! 

  • Rated: Easy
  • When: Sunday
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Return Distance: 8km  
  • Elevation Gain: 150m

Plain of Six Glaciers
Your hike starts along the Lake Louise shoreline to the back of the lake before ascending up an ancient glacial valley. As you get higher, the colour of the lake becomes even more stunning. The trail turns into a single track and the immensity of the valley and its peaks becomes even more apparent. As you near your final destination on the hike, you’ll arrive at the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House where cakes and tea are served all day long (be sure to bring some cash).  Just past the teahouse you will be treated to views of the six glaciers feeding into the valley and Lake Louise.  If group ability and time allows you may be able to hike further to view historic Abbot Pass. 

  • Rated: Moderate
  • When: Wednesday and Friday
  • Hiking time: 5 hours
  • Distance: 10.6km
  • Elevation gain: 340m

Stanley Glacier
Journey through a land sculpted by fire and ice. The trail switchbacks moderately for the first half of the hike, through regrowth from the most recent fire, allowing for unparalleled views down over Vermillion Pass back to Castle Mountain. You will then follow the trail between the sheer towering walls of Storm Mountain and Mount Stanley until you leave the forest behind and emerge in a land of rock, ice and may even find some fossils! You’ll eat your lunch directly beneath the ancient ice of Stanley Glacier before heading back down.

  • Rated: Moderate
  • When: Tuesday and Thursday
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Return Distance: 8.4km
  • Elevation Gain: 395m

Larch Valley
Trail restrictions due to bear activity make this an ideal hike to take as a guided group. Beginning from the Valley of the Ten Peaks at Moraine Lake, the trail climbs up 10 switchbacks to Larch Valley on a well-maintained trail. After reaching the Valley, the trail easily ambles through a larch forest and then begins to gain elevation again towards the Minestimma Lakes and Sentinal Pass. Your experience will be complete with views of Moraine Lake, the Ten Peaks, and gigantic Mt. Temple (3543m).  

  • Rated: Moderate
  • When: Monday and Saturday
  • Hiking time: 4 -5 hours
  • Distance:  9.0km  
  • Elevation gain: 535m  

What’s included:

  • Certified hiking guide
  • Hotel pick up and drop off in Banff
  • Hiking poles
  • Packed lunch for an alpine picnic (with choice of sandwich, fruit, brownie and juice)

Need to know:

  • Minimum age: 13 years
  • What to wear:  Sturdy shoes or hiking boots, warm clothing, and plenty of layers, including hats, gloves and a rain jacket
  • Bring snacks and water (to supplement lunch if required)
  • Early season hikes are subject to itinerary changes due to trail conditions.
  • Children aged between 13 and 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult and have a parent or guardian sign their waiver.
  • Children aged 16 – 17 years old may go on the hike without an adult, but a parent must meet the guide in the morning to sign a waiver.
  • Please dress for the weather including lightweight hiking pants, a warm layer a waterproof jacket, a breathable shirt, sunglasses, a hat, sturdy hiking shoes, a small backpack, a water bottle, bugspray and sunscreen.
  • Remember to bring your camera!


As you take-in the magnificence of Banff and Lake Louise for yourself, you will soon discover why these are some of the most treasured views in the country! So, whether you are looking for fun things to do in Banff or for a unique gift, this Guided Signature Banff Hikes experience is the ticket!

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