Sundance Trail, Banff

trip report by site editor Rick McCharles

In 1985, the United Nations declared Banff National Park, as one of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, a World Heritage Site. Banff remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in Canada. …

Millions of people visit each year. The Cave and Basin Centennial Centre is not the best tourist attraction in Banff. But it is popular.

Rick at Cave & Basin
Rick at Cave & Basin

Throughout most of its long history, the short 2 km loop trail leading through Sundance Canyon was accessible by road from the town of Banff. In the mid 1980s, the road beyond the Cave and Basin was converted to a paved walking and cycling path, which made the trip longer but more scenically varied. Many people bike to the canyon on the broad, paved trail, but the first half of the trip is an open and pleasant route for walkers as well. …

End of the road is a picnic area and bike rack.


From there it’s a surprisingly steep climb up along the creek.



It’s a 2km loop with switchbacks on the final descent.

So convenient to Banff, this day hike is highly recommended.

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