Banff & Lake Louise Tourism helps you find the hike that’s right for you!

By: Jane Marshall
seejanewrite.ca

We’ve made it through the Polar Vortex. We’ve made it past the darkest days of the year. The winter stretches on, but there’s a new tint to all we see — bright yellow sun in a dark blue sky. Deep white snow. If your energy for winter is waning, let us help re-inspire you. There’s so much wonder in the woods and mountains.

Kim Logan, Media & Communications Manager at Banff & Lake Louise Tourism, sourced the best hikes for different types of people. Locals know where to go! Here are her suggestions.

A family of four with two children, walk on a snowy landscape in a mountainess valley, holding hands and smiling.

Photo courtesy of Banff & Lake Louise Tourism and Devaan Ingraham

Best Hike for parents with Young Children

Photo courtesy of Banff & Lake Louise Tourism and Devaan Ingraham

Best Short Hike for People New to Hiking

Best Hike for Experienced Adventurers

Best Hike With Your Dog

  • Banff Springs Golf Course Loop (or just a portion of the trail to the clubhouse and back)
  • Fenlands Loop
  • Bow River Trail
  • Other than Mt Rundle of course, a good rule is any hike within or nearby the Town of Banff is generally dog friendly.  The Town often has doggie bag posts around many of these trails (see “Hiking Near Banff Townsite”)
    • Important to know which rails are NOT dog friendly
    • Make sure your dog is dressed for the winter elements or shop for some local doggie treats (reward after a successful hike!) at the Banff Dog House (located on Banff Ave)
    • See what the Banff Dog House is doing with the Bow Valley SPCA to raise funds and awareness here

Photo courtesy of Banff & Lake Louise Tourism and Devaan Ingraham

Tips for How to Enjoy Winter Hiking

Safety Reminders

  • Check out Parks Canada’s safety tips (winter safety)
  • Mandatory public health restrictions are in place. Ensure you are keeping a safe distance from fellow adventure seekers.
  • Other health and safety tips are outlined here on the Banff & Lake Louise website

Thanks to Kim and the folks at Banff & Lake Louise Tourism.

Happy winter hiking everyone!