Shops & Rentals

Hiking in Banff National Park is accessible to adventurers of all levels and abilities. While many visitors already have proper hiking gear on hand, others will need to purchase or rent it upon arrival. Whether you are looking for sturdy footwear, a waterproof jacket, maps and guidebooks, hiking poles, or anything on our equipment list below, you'll find a variety of outdoor gear shops in Banff and Lake Louise to outfit you for your next adventure.

Suggested Equipment

As the weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, one of the keys to an enjoyable and safe experience is proper equipment and apparel.

Here’s what you’ll need for hiking in Banff National Park:

  • Comfortable, preferably moisture wicking, top
  • Shorts or pants
  • Hiking socks
  • Extra clothing and socks
  • Warm, windproof and waterproof layers
  • Sturdy footwear
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and bug repellent
  • Toque and mittens
  • A backpack
  • Water bottle
  • Map and/or guidebook
  • A first aid and blister kit
  • Hiking poles (highly recommended)