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Hiking

Hiking in Banff & Lake Louise

Sitting on a rock perched high up on the alpine pass, you can’t help but feel proud of yourself. There were moments during the long, gruelling climb where you wondered whether the effort was really worth it. But now, as you gaze at the iridescent turquoise lake far below and the imposingly rugged peaks all around you, you feel a profound sense of wonder. And for a few special moments, your everyday stresses seem so far away. It was most definitely worth it.  

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.

Its protected mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers are intersected by over 1,000 miles of maintained trails, making it one of the world’s premier places to take a hike – Leslie Woit of The Telegraph

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. 

  • Tea House Hikes

    Perched by the lake and amongst the peaks and glaciers surrounding Lake Louise are two historic Tea Houses perfectly positioned for your well-earned rest. 

    It’s worth the huffing and puffing to hike up to the Lake Agnes Tea House or Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House. With breathtaking views and delicious food and refreshments, hiking to the Tea Houses is a memorably authentic experience in Banff & Lake Louise.    

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  • Heli Hiking & Tours

    Fly amongst the mountain peaks and glaciers then start your hike high in the alpine. 

    Imagine hopping onto a helicopter and soaring high above Banff National Park, gazing down on glistening lakes, rugged peaks, and imposing glaciers, before touching down and starting your hike in the alpine wonderland. 

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  • Winter Hiking & Snowshoeing

    With a pair of snowshoes on your feet, you need not stop hiking when it’s white out.  

    It is spectacular hiking through the silence of a snow-laden forest or the stark beauty of the frozen alpine. With appropriate care and the necessary gear, winter hiking is an accessible experience for all. 

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  • Backcountry Lodges

    The best of both worlds: luxurious lodgings in the midst of the wilderness. 

    A cozy wooden cabin, a fire to ward off the early morning alpine chill, a hearty breakfast, and a whole day ahead exploring the pristine wilderness. A couple of days off the grid at a backcountry lodge is a rejuvenating experience.

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