Banff Hiking

As your boots crunch on a winding alpine trail, you stop to catch your breath. Far below, a turquoise lake glints in the late afternoon sun.  Up ahead, a forest of pine trees stretches to the horizon. And rising above it all, the soaring tips of mountains shimmer under their blanket of winter snow.

There are hundreds of Banff hiking trails that serve up raw beauty like this. But our signature guided hikes allow you to experience the most scenic and inspiring places accessible by foot.

From the blossoming wildflowers of spring to the explosion of reds and oranges in the fall, our experienced guides will show you well-known trails and a few secret spots you may not have heard about.

Highlights

  • Choose between five (guided) signature hikes representing the best trails in Banff and Lake Louise, including Sunshine Meadows
  • Experienced guides point out local flora and fauna, explain geological facts and reveal stories of past explorers.
  • Tuck into a hearty alpine packed lunch, including our famous maple cookies!
Hiking Lake Louise

Guided Hikes

With hundreds of hiking trails how do you know which one to choose? Come with us! Our guides have picked their five favourite 'signature' trails. We have selected what we consider the best of the best when it comes to getting out there and spending time in the backcountry of the Rocky Mountain National Parks. From the explosion of wildflowers in the spring, to the clear glacier views in the summer, to the brilliant golden of the larch trees in the fall, hiking in the Rockies should not be missed. Our Interpretive Guides' priority is having a safe, fun and informative tour that connects you more to where you are visiting. We hike in small groups which is recommended for safety to reduce wildlife encounters. Hiking time is between four and six hours, which includes an alpine picnic lunch. Please
per person
Jun-Oct
8:30am
7 Hours
Helicopter Tour near Banff, Canadian Rockies

Alpine Heli & Hike

The ultimate hiking experience! Take a scenic helicopter flight up to land on Mount Charles Stewart at 7,000' for a guided high-alpine hike. The helicopter flight takes you up over Canmore and up the Cougar Creek Valley to your secluded landing location on Mount Charles Stewart at 7,000 feet. Your professional trained and certified guide will lead you on an alpine hike, mostly across grassy meadows and alpine ridgelines with mountain peaks on all sides. Choose between a leisurely down slope stroll in the alpine meadows overlooking Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park or a more aggressive path. Take the time to discover natural alpine landscapes on high mountain vistas and feel free to explore while your experienced guide provides knowledgeable commentary on the areas geography, flora and fauna. After 2 to 3 hours of walking, you’ll be picked
per person
Jun-Sep
Throughout the day
3.5 Hours