Turquoise rivers, cascading waterfalls and beautiful wildflowers are just some of the things that make the Canadian Rockies a great place to hike in summer. We have some of the finest, most meticulously maintained and rewarding hiking trails in the entire world. There is a lifetime of options!
If you’re visiting for a few days and want to get some hiking in, but are wondering how to make it happen, read on. Hiking doesn’t have to take all day, and doesn’t have to require extreme fitness — hiking is for everybody!
If your time is limited or you don’t want to do anything too strenuous, these 7 easy hikes are a great way to experience Banff’s natural beauty.
Easily accessible from the downtown area, Tunnel Mountain is Banff’s smallest summit and boasts all-encompassing views of the town site, surrounding mountain peaks and the Bow River. With moderately-steep switchbacks through the forested mountainside that lead to a wide view atop a knoll, a round-trip should only take 1-2 hours, leaving you with the rest of the day to explore the area. This short 4.2 km hike is the perfect way to spend the morning.