Hiking & Camping in Banff National Park

We’ve been hiking & camping in Banff National Park multiple times and I’ve finally decided to put together a little blog post of places we’ve visit, where we camped and different (very accessible) trails that we hiked. Some images are from this past summer and the images from Moraine Lake & Sunshine Valley are from summer 2014.

Toyota Land Cruiser in Banff National Park // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Driving in Banff National Park // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Driving in Banff National Park // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Driving in Banff National Park // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com

Grassi Lakes, Canmore

Located just outside the town of Canmore, on the way to Spray Lakes Reservoir you’ll find Grassi Lakes. There are two trails you can take, both fairly easy 1.5-2 km loops. As you get to the top, you’ll see the town of Canmore below and the mountains in the distance. It’s really pretty!

Grassi Lakes trail hike in Canmore // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Grassi Lakes trail hike in Canmore // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Grassi Lakes trail hike in Canmore // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Grassi Lakes trail hike in Canmore // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Grassi Lakes trail hike in Canmore // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Grassi Lakes trail hike in Canmore // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com

Hiking Ha Ling Peak

Just further up the road from Grassi Lakes is the Ha Ling trail head. You need to park in the parking lot and cross the road. Over the bridge past the reservoir you’ll find the trail head that takes you up the steep mountainside. Towards the top there’s little tree coverage and can be windy. Bring a jacket and some water!

Hiking Ha Ling Peak in Canmore // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Ha Ling Peak in Canmore // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Ha Ling Peak in Canmore // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Ha Ling Peak in Canmore // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Ha Ling Peak in Canmore // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Ha Ling Peak in Canmore // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Ha Ling Peak in Canmore // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Ha Ling Peak in Canmore // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Ha Ling Peak in Canmore // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Ha Ling Peak in Canmore // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Ha Ling Peak in Canmore // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Ha Ling Peak in Canmore // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Ha Ling Peak in Canmore // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com

Hiking in Sunshine Valley

We did a 13 km hike in Sunshine Valley. Pretty neat to be able to hike a ski hill and on our way back down we saw some black bears in the distance (really really far away up on the mountain side). I never want to see a bear up close, it’s my worse fear.

Hiking Sunshine Valley ski area // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Sunshine Valley ski area // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Sunshine Valley ski area // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Sunshine Valley ski area // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Sunshine Valley ski area // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Sunshine Valley ski area // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Sunshine Valley ski area // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Sunshine Valley ski area // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Sunshine Valley ski area // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Sunshine Valley ski area // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Sunshine Valley ski area // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Sunshine Valley ski area // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Sunshine Valley ski area // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Sunshine Valley ski area // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Sunshine Valley ski area // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Sunshine Valley ski area // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Sunshine Valley ski area // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Sunshine Valley ski area // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Sunshine Valley ski area // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Sunshine Valley ski area // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Sunshine Valley ski area // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Hiking Sunshine Valley ski area // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com

Camping at Two Jack Lake Campgrounds

Not far into the entrance of Banff National Park you’ll find the turn off for Two Jack Lake and Lake Minnewanka. We didn’t book a camp site ahead of time, but were lucky to get a spot in the forest camp sites at Two Jack Lake which is a short drive to the lake itself and another 5 minutes further to Lake Minnewanka. Not the best camping we’ve ever done, but it was nice to have a picnic table & designated fire pit!

Camping at Two Jack Lake campground in Banff National Park // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Camping at Two Jack Lake campground in Banff National Park // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Camping at Two Jack Lake campground in Banff National Park // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Camping at Two Jack Lake campground in Banff National Park // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com

Two Jack Lake at sunset

We caught sunset at Two Jack lake and sat there watching the sky change colours. It got dark quickly, but we felt great about our camp spot since we didn’t have to hike in and could drive right up to our tent which was already set up.

Sunset at Two Jack Lake in Banff National Park // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Sunset at Two Jack Lake in Banff National Park // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Sunset at Two Jack Lake in Banff National Park // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Sunset at Two Jack Lake in Banff National Park // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Sunset at Two Jack Lake in Banff National Park // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Sunset at Two Jack Lake in Banff National Park // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com

Lake Minnewanka at sunrise

The next morning we woke up at 4:30 am to catch sunrise at Lake Minnewanka. I’m glad we did, it was beautiful. Then we hurried back to our tent and fell back asleep.

Sunrise at Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Sunrise at Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Sunrise at Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Sunrise at Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Sunrise at Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com

Vermillion Lakes & Mount Rundle

Vermillion Lakes and Mount Rundle in Banff // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Vermillion Lakes and Mount Rundle in Banff // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Vermillion Lakes and Mount Rundle in Banff // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com

Moraine Lake

On your way to Lake Louise, there’s a road to bring you to Moraine Lake. It’s probably the most famous of all the Banff lakes and rightly so. The colour of the water is a result of the minerals that run off from the surrounding glaciers. It’s beautiful to see!

Moraine Lake in Banff National Park // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Moraine Lake in Banff National Park // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Moraine Lake in Banff National Park // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Moraine Lake in Banff National Park // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Moraine Lake in Banff National Park // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Moraine Lake in Banff National Park // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Moraine Lake in Banff National Park // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Moraine Lake in Banff National Park // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com

Peyto Lake

Another hour drive up the Glacier Parkway you’ll pass Bow Lake and then further up you’ll see signs for Peyto Lake. It’s the famous dog or wolf looking glacier-fed lake, that looks like cool-aid! We’ve seen it 3 times now and it never gets old.

Peyto Lake in Banff National Park // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Peyto Lake in Banff National Park // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com

A few extras around Banff National Park

Banff National Park // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Banff National Park // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com
Banff National Park // Daring Wanderer: www.daringwanderer.com

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