Best 10 Great Hikes in Banff National Park – Hiking Alberta

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Plain of Six Glaciers, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

8.   Helen Lake

Parking for the hike to Helen Lake is opposite the viewpoint for Crowfoot Glacieralong the Icefields Parkway a short distance south of Num-Ti-Jah Lodge on the shore of Bow Lake in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.  This popular and scenic hike offers a wide variety of rugged Rocky Mountain scenery and multiple options for exploring higher elevations.

Helen Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

9.   Johnston Canyon

Johnston Canyon is a popular year round hiking and ice climbing destination along Bow Valley Parkway (Hwy 1A) between Lake Louise and Castle Junction.  The popular Banff National Park attraction hosts its own accommodation at Johnston Canyon Resort.  There are two major waterfalls and several minor falls and rapids along the narrow, picturesque canyon where the walkway is often metal ramp bolted onto the canyon wall.  The Johnston Canyon hike is an amazing experience, in short distance and minor elevation, within the capability of most people.  There is an option to continue further to the Ink Pots and the incredible mountain views which surround the colorful spring-fed ponds.

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