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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Day Hikes in Banff National Park

Hiking is one thing that I never really did before moving to Banff; it just never interested me. Since moving to Banff five years ago from Ontario, I have been able to really get into it and have been lucky enough to do some amazing hikes; some of which I've written about here.

Parks Canada has just released their new Day Hikes in Banff National Park brochure, so I thought I'd go over a few of them:

Easy Hikes; I've done all of these and would describe them as enjoyable, peaceful walks. Time to complete ranges from one - four hours and there isn't a lot of elevation gain:

Johnson Lake / Fenland Trail / Bow River/Hoodoos / Spray River Loop / Sundance Canyon

Medium Hikes; I've also done the majority of these hikes; they are definitely more intense with elevation gain ranging from 170 - 760 metres and longer distances (up to seven hours):

C-Level Cirque / Tunnel Mountain / Upper Hot Springs / Mountain / Stoney Squaw Mountain / Cascade Amphitheatre / Healy Pass / Bourgeau Lake / Rockbound Lake

*I've never done done Healy Pass and Rockbound Lake; but I hear they are incredible! I also really enjoy the Bourgeau Lake Hike and C-Level Cirque.

Difficult Hikes; I've never done either of these, but friends have and if you are up for a challenge, they would be perfect. Elevation gain is over 900 metres the hikes can take from 6- 8 hours.

Harvey Pass / Cory Pass Loop

For more information on the above hikes, please visit

Here are some tips from Parks Canada:
*Get advice from Parks Canada Information Centre Staff
*Study trail descriptions and maps before starting
*Check the weather forecast and trail conditions before leaving (and dress accordingly).
*Choose a trail suitable for the least experienced member in your group
*Travel in groups and make noise to avoid surprise encounters
*Do not feed, touch or approach wildlife. Stay at least 30 - 50 metres away from most animals and 100 metres away from bears
*Carry bear spray and know how to use it
*Pets must be on a leash at all times

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