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Banff National Park

Hiking
 Banff National Park has over 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) of defined trails

Where to Hike

Banff Area  | Lake Louise, Castle Junction and Icefields Parkway Areas 

Backpacking

Rules & Regulations

Seasonal Closures and Restrictions 

  • Stay on maintained trails and avoid shortcuts to prevent damage to vegetation stay on the trail
  • Pack out all garbage, including food waste.
  • Dispose of human waste at least 100 m from any water source. Bury solid human waste in a hole 15 cm deep. Pack out your toilet paper.
  • Natural and cultural resources such as rocks, fossils, artifacts, horns, antlers, wildflowers and nests are protected by law and must be left undisturbed for others to discover and enjoy.
  • National Park fishing license is required for angling

Safety

Bears and People

  • Cell phones are not always reliable in the backcountry.
  • Study trail descriptions and maps before starting.
  • Check the weather forecast and current trail conditions.
  • Choose a trail suitable for the least experienced member in your group.
  • Pack adequate food, water, clothing, maps and gear.
  • Carry a first aid kit and bear spray.
  • Tell somebody where you are going, when you will be back, and who to call if you do not return.
  • Travel with a friend or group.
  • Be prepared for emergencies and changes in weather.