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Trails Master Plan Projects

New Trail SignageBanff's trail signage had last been updated in 1997. The Trails Master Plan included various actions to update the signage to bring it into line with the Town's current wayfinding system. Installation of new signage was completed in July 2018.

Action 29: Creating and promoting well-defined visitor-oriented trails
Action 31: Creating clear and focused wayfinding to key Parks Canada trailheads
Action 35: Adopting signage tailored towards providing information, trail etiquette, and improving accessibility
Action 39: Installing trail mini-maps at key trail intersections
Action 40: Including wayfinding and distance markers along key routes
Action 44, 47: Improving wayfinding to key destinations
Action 48: Improving signage to discourage visitors from going through the Middle Springs neighbourhood

Action 8: Improve the paved pathway alignment and grade on the northeast side of the Banff Avenue Bridge between the sidewalk and the Bow River Trail. This will help to provide a more accessible grade and reduce cyclist speeds at this trail intersection. It also includes a curb cut for cyclists. Work was completed in May 2018.

Action 19: Narrow the painted driving lanes slightly, from approximately 3.75m to 3.3m, and repair the asphalt shoulder drainage, in order to create a new 1.5m painted cyclist lane from approximately the 400 block of Otter Street to the intersection of Hidden Ridge Way. On the downhill, cyclists would be expected to mix with vehicles, as is currently the case. This was completed in July 2018.

Action 20A: Narrow the painted driving lanes slightly from approximately 3.5m to 3.0m in order to create a wider (1.27m – 1.84m) multi-use pedestrian/bike lane from the cemetery up to Surprise Corner. Downhill, cyclists would be expected to mix with vehicles, as is currently the case. This was completed in July 2018.

Locations of Proposed On-Road Improvements 
Proposed On-Road Lane Improvement Locations

Trail Network
Banff has a vast network of trails throughout the town and national park. The following is a list of trails within a walking distance of the townsite or easily accessible by Roam Public Transit.

Download a copy of the Banff Trails Map (PDF)

Hiking Near Banff Townsite

Trails in Lake Minnewanka Area and Beyond

Check Parks Canada's Trail Conditions Report before heading out and Important Bulletins about area closures.

Trails Master Plan
The Trails Master Plan will be used to help guide the development of trails and trail maintenance in the Town of Banff for the next 10 years. Adopted by council on February 23, 2015, the intention of the plan is to help the town create a more robust trails network to support recreational uses, visitor experience and a more sustainable active transportation system.

Download a copy of the Trails Master Plan (PDF)