Hikes in The Canadian Rockies
We can not think of a more spectacular place on earth than the Canadian Rockies in summer. There aren’t many places in North America where you can find yourself alone in Alpine passes surrounded by flowers and wildlife. However, here there is an abundance of trails, mountains, passes, cols, and saddles to explore in solitude.
A wide swath of hiking trails provides visitors views of expansive glaciated icefields, forested valleys, towering peaks, sparkling emerald lakes, and close encounters with wildlife. The towns of Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise, Field, and Jasper sit within the Canadian Rockies and serve as amazing bases that will astound visitors with mountain views.
If you’re keen to hike or want to see the lakes you have a narrow window of summer as the lakes and peaks are locked away in snow and ice for the majority of the year.
Find A Hike
Looking for the best Banff hikes? We share our favorite hikes in Banff and share all of the details in this guide to experience the best in the park. You’ll find on these hikes in Banff high alpine passes lined with wildflowers, jagged peaks topped by glaciers, and a healthy dose of turquoise blue lakes.
I tried to keep a good mix of Banff hiking trails that are capable for anyone of reasonable fitness. There are plenty of more challenging Banff hikes, scrambles, climbs, and mountaineering objectives in Banff National Park that offer jaw-dropping views, but they aren’t hikes accessible to all and require more experience in the mountains.
The goal of this list of the best Banff hikes is a mix where the amount of work involved vs reward keeps everyone happy! Of course, Banff is a huge park and there are so many more hikes in Banff and tons of exploring. Any one of these hikes is certain to supply plenty of fantastic wilderness landscapes.
Interested in tackling some of the best Canmore hikes? The little town has a wide selection of hikes.
Check out these easy Banff hikes that are family-friendly as the vast majority of us are not up for death-defying mountain summits in the Canadian Rockies.
Our past summer was filled with a plethora of spectacular Kananaskis hikes.
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Multi Night Backcountry Trips
We finally checked off the Berg Lake Trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park this summer and all I can say is – wow!
Those lucky enough to sleep on the shores of Lake O’Hara are treated to a glorious landscape full of wildlife, glaciers, larch trees, and alpine lakes.
With the resplendent scenery that surrounds Mount Assiniboine, a trip here is considered one of the finest backcountry trips in the Canadian Rockies.
This backcountry camping destination is accessed using the Conrad Kain Hut Trail and is home to the Bugaboo Glacier, alpine lakes, and unmatched views.
Johnston Canyon is a highlight for many on their trip to Banff and it’s an easy Banff hike that’s great for families.
The Tunnel Mountain hike in Banff is arguably one of the best Banff hikes and it’s a classic!
One of the finest hikes in the Banff National Park is Healy Pass. The hike climbs a gradual pass until it unveils a pristine alpine meadow.
The Tent Ridge Horseshoe hike is one of my favorite hikes in all of Alberta. It’s the perfect hike with amazing views of the surrounding mountains and lakes.
The Smutwood Peak hike is a real standout hike in Kananaskis.
Parker Ridge is the best hike with rewarding views with very minimal effort in Banff, Parker Ridge can’t be beaten.