Johnston Canyon hiking - Best things to do in Banff

Johnston Canyon Hike: Your Ultimate Guide with Local Tips

There’s a good reason why the Johnston Canyon hike is on everyone’s must-do list for Banff. As one of the best hikes in Banff National Park, Johnston Canyon is a short, easy walk through a deep mountain canyon with many beautiful waterfalls along the way. Not only is the Johnston Canyon hike a wonderful easy Banff hike for all ability levels, the elevated boardwalks through the canyon make it a unique experience.

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sitting at Taylor Lake with larches on the shore - best Banff Larch Hikes

Taylor Lake Hike in Banff National Park

The Taylor Lake hike in Banff National Park is an enjoyable hike up the lower slopes of Mount Bell to a beautiful mountain lake. The forest along the Taylor Lake trail is quite lush, in large part due to the creek the trail follows for most of its length.

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View on Ptarmigan Cirque - best larches hikes Kananaskis

Ptarmigan Cirque Hike in Kananaskis

The Ptarmigan Cirque hike is a very popular Kananaskis trail near the Highwood Pass (the highest paved pass in Canada). This fun, kid-friendly Kananaskis hike offers hikers a wide variety of excellent mountain scenery over a relatively short distance.

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a vista of golden larch trees in front of The Monarch as seen from the Healy Pass Trail in fall

Best Larch Hikes in Banff

Nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park stands as a testament to nature’s unparalleled grandeur. Throughout the year, Banff welcomes adventurers, nature enthusiasts, and seekers of solitude from around the globe. But there is one season, in particular, when the park reveals its most enchanting secret – the brief but breathtaking transformation of its alpine larch trees in the fall. This is the best time to get out and explore all the best larch hikes in Banff!

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The Best Larch Tree Hikes in Alberta are found in Banff, Lake Louise and Kananaskis Country

20 AMAZING Larch Hikes in Alberta

For a few special weeks every fall, Alberta hikers go crazy with larch tree fever. Parking lots for the best larch hikes in Alberta fill before dawn and social media feeds fill up with images of these beautiful trees and their brilliant golden needles.

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Black Prince Interpretive Trail - one of Kananaskis Easy Hikes

20 Easy Kananaskis Hikes You’ll Love

Kananaskis Country has long been one of our favorite places to go for hiking. It’s a place where you can find hikes to satisfy all levels of fitness without having to look very hard. In this list of easy Kananaskis hikes you’ll find some of our favorites.

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Summer hike in Banff to ink Pots

Hike to the Ink Pots in Banff National Park

Each time we hike to the Ink Pots we are reminded of what a special place this is in Banff National Park. The blue-green color of the ponds never ceases to amaze and the mountain scenery surrounding is nothing short of spectacular.

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