Marsh Loop Trail
The earthy scents of the natural hot spring at the nearby Cave & Basin historic site are a clear sign you’ve found your way to the Marsh Loop trailhead. Tallgrasses and marsh vegetation prevail here, in a landscape markedly different from the rest of Banff’s surroundings.
Hidden from view in the swaying reeds are wooden boardwalks and bridges that lead hikers on a charming 3.4 km journey through the marsh. As you stroll the elevated trail, look beyond the reflections in colourful pools for an underwater world teeming with life.
Good To Know
- 1-3 hrs
- Year Round
- Distance from Banff:
- Distance from Lake Louise:
When to go
Wildlife Watch: The Marsh Loop offers superb opportunities for bird watching and to spot local fish species.
If you are craving a longer walk, continue down the trail to Sundance Canyon for the opportunity to spot waterfalls.
Length: 2.8 km loop
Elevation gain: Minimal
Hiking time: 1 hour round trip
Trailhead: Cave and Basin National Historic Site