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Banff National Park

Hiking 
Watch the sunset on a riverside stroll or feel the breath of glaciers in the alpine. Take your pick of over 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) of maintained trails from mid-June through mid-October.

Where to Hike

Prime hiking season runs July through mid-September. Many passes are still snow-bound until late June, with most trails accessible only at lower elevations or on drier, south facing slopes. Trails tend to be muddier during the spring. Towards the middle of July, most passes are open.

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

Backpacking

Safety and Etiquette

Seasonal Closures and Restrictions 
Bear Safety

* Cell phones are not always reliable in the backcountry.

Do these things before you leave

  • Study trail descriptions and maps before starting.
  • Choose a trail suitable for the least experienced member in your group.
  • Check the weather forecast and current trail conditions.
  • Pack adequate food and water, be prepared for emergencies
  • Pack clothing suitable for changes in the weather
  • Pack maps and gear including 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.
  • If you plan to angle, purchase a National Park fishing license at any Parks Canada Visitor Centre

Be "Bear Aware"

Leave No Trace

  • Pack out all garbage, including food waste.
  • Stay on maintained trails and avoid shortcuts to prevent damage to vegetation stay on the trail
  • 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.