The Ha Ling Peak hike is a popular day hike with Canmore and Banff locals. It a short, but very steep slog up the north-western slope of Ha Ling Mountain, a dramatic mountain nestled just minutes outside the Town of Canmore.
Wind Ridge is one of my favorite hikes in Kananaskis Country. It’s a bit of a grind to get to the top, but the views of Mt. Lougheed you get from the alpine meadow are simply incredible.
The East End of Rundle hike is a popular day hike with Canmore and Banff locals. EEOR (pronounced “Eeyore”) is a short, but very steep slog up the eastern ridge of Mount Rundle, a huge mountain separating the 12km between the Town of Banff and Canmore.
Lake Minnewanka is a very popular day use area in Banff National Park. There are many reasons to visit Lake Minnewanka including spectacular Rocky Mountain scenery, picnics, the Minnewanka Lake cruise, and boat & kayak rentals. But one of our favorite reasons to visit Lake Minnewanka is the highly scenic, easy Stewart Canyon hike.
Now that Kananaskis Country has reopened, many Albertans will be heading for the mountains for some much-needed fresh air and exercise. Any close proximity to other humans can be a risk, but under the right circumstances, hiking can be an effective way to practice social distancing.
Banff National Park is world-famous for its majestic mountain landscape. The rocky mountain landscape has many difficult hikes, but thankfully there are also lots of easy hikes in Banff. In fact, many of the best hikes in Banff National Park are easy.
Grassi Lakes is one of the most popular Canmore hiking trails. It’s an easy stroll through an evergreen forest to a pair of stunning mountain lakes. When the sun is shining, you simply won’t believe the incredible colors in the water.
If you are looking to bag an easy summit near the Banff Townsite, the Tunnel Mountain hike is for you.
As I emerged from the deep pine forest trail into the beautiful, open alpine meadow one chilly October morning, I found myself amazed that after all these years, the Chester Lake hike can still wow me.
I’ve been enjoying the Johnston Canyon hike in Banff for over 40 years now and I gotta say, I never get tired of it. Sure, people say it’s too touristy, but it’s so popular for a reason… it’s short, easy, beautiful and fun.
Road access to Johnston Canyon is currently closed. See below for information on how to bike from Castle Mountain to Johnston Canyon during the 2020 closure of the Bow Valley Parkway.