The hiking in Banff & Lake Louise is among the most scenic and inspiring in the world. Ranging from walks and easy hikes to multi-day backcountry epics, hiking is an accessible way to immerse yourself in the spectacular landscape of Banff National Park. Wander along the shore of glittering blue-green lakes, trek up a mountain pass, and be amazed by the glowing larches in the fall. With a little effort and a dose of adventurous spirit, hiking in Banff & Lake Louise is your chance to step outside of your norm and into a truly magical world.
There are over 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) of walking and hiking trails in Banff National Park. The trails in the vicinity of the town of Banff include short walks with sweeping vistas over the valley and challenging hikes up the peaks that are the town’s backdrop.
Lake Louise is known as the hiking capital of Canada: it offers gentle walks around Lake Louise, the unique “Tea House” hikes, and epic adventures into the wild backcountry. During the fall, the larch trees light up in glowing shades of yellow and gold; Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass are two popular spots to experience the colour.
The Icefields Parkway features a range of short walks that are a great scenic stop off during a drive, as well as more challenging alpine routes.
For a unique experience, hike to the historic Tea Houses near Lake Louise, take a helicopter tour to begin your hiking high in the alpine, spend a few days at a backcountry lodge, or venture out during the winter.