Cave and Basin Trail: Upper Boardwalk

Distance: 0.4km boardwalk
Elevation gain: minimal
On foot: Trailhead is a 30 minute/2 km walk from downtown Banff

Walk along the 0.4 km Upper Boardwalk above the bathing pavilion to see the cave vent and the location of the former Hotel. View the two smaller springs bubbling from the mountainside and the pools filled with pink bacteria, white and green algae, small fish, and insects.


  Cave and Basin Trail: Lower Boardwalk

Distance: 0.5km boardwalk
Elevation gain: minimal elevation gain
On foot: Trailhead is a 30 minute/2 km walk from downtown Banff

Explore the 0.5 km Lower Boardwalk below the building to find out more about the natural history of this area. Look for the fish and bird life that live in the wetlands below.


  Marsh Loop

Distance: 2.8 km loop
Elevation gain: minimal
Hiking time: 1 hour round trip
Trailhead: Cave and Basin National Historic Site
On foot: Trailhead is a 30 minute/2 km walk from downtown Banff

Marsh Loop is an enjoyable 2.8 km trail that encircles a wetland filled by water from hot springs flowing out of the lower slopes of Sulphur Mountain. The unique environment is best observed below the Cave and Basin, where exotic plant species such as orchids thrive.


/   Sundance Trail/ Sundance Canyon

Distance: 3.7 km one way from trailhead plus 1.6 km moderate loop
Elevation gain: 155 m, elevation loss 60 m
Hiking time: 3 hour round trip
Trailhead: Cave and Basin National Historic Site
On foot: Trailhead is a 30 minute/2 km walk from downtown Banff

Follow the paved trail beyond the Cave and Basin National Historic Site. Within a few minutes, views open up to a mountain panorama across the Bow River. After a gentle yet steady climb away from the river, the paved section ends and a moderately difficult trail loops through a water-filled canyon.