Four incredible signature Banff hikes to choose from:
- Larch Valley
- Stanley Glacier
- Plain of Six Glaciers
- Consolation Lakes
For summer 2020 tours will be operating on a private basis, with a minimum of 4 adults in the same family or cohort group.
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 Park. 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: 8kms
- 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. The colour of the lake becomes even more stunning as you get higher. 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 tea and cakes are served all day long (be sure to bring some cash). Just past the teahouse you will experience views of the six glaciers feeding into Lake Louise and the valley. If group ability and time allows you may be able to hike further to view historic Abbot Pass.
- Rated: Moderate
- When: Wednesdays and Fridays
- Hiking time: 5 hours
- Distance: 10.6kms
- Elevation gain: 340m
Journey through a land sculpted by fire and ice in Kootenay National Park. 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 be treated to views from Stanley Glacier down the side of Mt. Stanley towards the valley bottom.
- Rated: Moderate
- When: Thursdays and Sundays
- Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
- Return Distance: 8.4kms
- Elevation Gain: 395 m
Trail restrictions due to bear activity make this a great hike to take as a guided group. Beginning from the Valley of the Ten Peaks at Moraine Lake, this 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: Mondays and Saturdays
- Hiking time: 4 -5 hours
- Distance: 9.0kms
- Elevation gain: 535m
This trail begins in the Valley of the Ten Peaks at stunning Moraine Lake. You'll spend time hiking leisurely to Consolation Lakes, and upon your return you'll explore around Moraine Lake, including a trip to the top of the Rockpile. Due to bear restrictions this is a great trip to do in a guided group.
- Rated: Easy
- When: Tuesdays
- Hiking time: 3 - 4 hours
- Distance: 5.8 kms
- Elevation gain: 255m
- Certified professional hiking guide
- Hotel pick up and drop off in Banff
- Hiking poles
- Small group size. A maximum of 12 guests per guide.
- Packed lunch for an alpine picnic with choice of sandwich, fruit, brownie and juice.
Need to know:
- Minimum age is 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, a hat, sunglasses, sturdy hiking shoes, a water bottle, a small backpack, bugspray and sunscreen.
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! 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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