Day hikes in Banff
Hiking

Day hikes in Banff

Free cancellation
Availability: Daily
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 7 hours
Do this because
  • Hike in the Rockies with an expert guide
  • See spectacular views
  • Get the chance to see wildlife
What to expect

From the explosion of wildflowers in the spring, to the clear glacier views in the summer, to the brilliant golden of the larch trees in the fall, hiking in the Rockies should not be missed.
Your guides’ priority is having a safe, fun and informative tour that connects you more to where you are visiting. You will be hiking in small groups which is recommended for safety to reduce wildlife encounters.

Regular Season Hikes

Hike to Stanley Glacier – Sunday and Thursday

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 then follow the trail between sheer towering walls of Mount Stanley and Storm Mountain until you leave the forest behind to emerge in a land of ice and rock and may even find some fossils!

  • Rated: Moderate
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Return Distance: 8.4 km (5.25 miles)
  • Elevation Gain: 395 m (1,285 ft)

Hike to Larch Valley – Monday and Saturday

Trail restrictions due to bear activity make this an ideal hike to take with 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 Sentinal Pass and the Minestimma Lakes. Towards the Pass, views of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake and gigantic Mt. Temple (3,543 m/11,625 ft) will complete your experience. Please note that this hike does not continue to the top of Sentinel Pass.

  • Rated: Moderate
  • Hiking time: 4-5 hours
  • Return Distance: 9.0 km (5.6 miles)
  • Elevation gain: 535 m (1,500 ft)

Hike to Consolation Lakes – Tuesday

This trail begins in the Valley of the Ten Peaks at stunning Moraine Lake. The drive alone to this location is worth it in itself. You’ll spend your time hiking leisurely along a old growth forest trail to Consolation Lakes, where you’ll see the Fay Glacier atop Mount Babel. Upon our return, explore around Moraine Lake, including a trip to the top of the Rockpile.

  • Rated: Easy
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Return Distance: 5.8 km (3.6 miles)
  • Elevation Gain: 255 m (837 ft)

Hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers – Wednesday and Friday

Your hike starts by hiking 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 and the crowds begin to disappear. The trail turns into single track and the immensity of the the valley and its peaks becomes even more apparent. Near to your final destination is 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.

  • Rated: Moderate
  • Hiking time: 5 hours
  • Return Distance: 10.6 km (6.6 miles)
  • Elevation gain: 340 m (1,100 feet)
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What's included
  • Packed Lunch
  • Hiking poles
Where

Mt Royal Hotel: 138 Banff Ave, Banff

What to remember
  • Due to the pandemic, all tours will be private tours with a minimum of four (4) adults (or equivalent cost) per booking
  • Hotel pick-up from Banff hotels is available, you must call to schedule this ahead of time
  • You may be booked on stand by until the tour is confirmed
  • Confirmed reservations canceled less than 48 hours prior to tour departure and no-shows will be charged in full
  • Your guide will bring bear spray and a first aid kit
  • The minimum age is 13 years, all children aged between 13-15 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
  • Due to weather and trail restrictions, we reserve the right to change the location of any of our hikes for the safety of our customers
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When
  • June to October
  • Sunday and Thursday: departure at 8.00am from Banff
  • Monday and Saturday: departure at 8.00am from Banff; 8.45am from the Samson Mall in Lake Louise
  • Tuesday: departure at 8.00am from Banff; 8.45am from the Samson Mall in Lake Louise
  • Wednesday and Friday: departure at 8.00am from Banff; 8.45am from the Samson Mall in Lake Louise; 9.00am at the Chateau Lake Louise
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Provider
Discover Banff Tours
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 48 hours before the activity begins.

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