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Current and Upcoming Projects

Trails Master Plan Action 7: Upgrade all staircases on Town of Banff trails to include a bike ramp or rail. (Exceptions: high volume viewpoints such Bow Falls, where visitors are encouraged to park bikes at bottom of stairs and visit on foot). This new infrastructure is intended to make it easier to commute by bike. A ramp has been installed on the trail coming down from the Banff Centre, and there will soon be others going up to Middle Springs at Fairholme Place, the staircase at Marmot Crescent to Tatanga Ridge/Tunnel Mountain, and from the Bow River Trail to Buffalo Street.

Trails Master Plan Action 4
The Town upgraded the key trails (see Map 3 in Appendix A of the Trails Master Plan) through Middle Springs to Trail Type 3 (480 linear meters to be converted from natural surface/wood chips to compacted gravel and widened to 2 meters to allow for winter maintenance). Review the slope on these trails and re-grade to accessible standards or add stairs where needed. This took place in July 2017.

Middle Springs Cabin
Trails around the Middle Springs Cabin were redefined. No new trails were created. This took place July 2017.

Bow River Trail Restoration
The Bow River Trail Restoration was done in the summer and fall of 2016 to close an informal trail that paralleled the Bow River Trail between the pedestrian bridge and Bow Falls. The primary reason for closing the informal trail was to reduce the number of people venturing into the sensitive, wet riparian zone at the edge of the river.

40 Mile Creek40-Mile Creek Connection
Since the December 2014 train derailment in and near 40-Mile Creek, Parks Canada has been leading work to restore riparian habitat where the derailment occurred, in cooperation with the Town. In the summer of 2016, Parks staff noted that persistent public use of informal trails through the restoration site was compromising the success of ecological restoration efforts. Parks Canada proposed to the Town that a potential solution would be for CP Rail to fund the completion of a Town of Banff neighbourhood trail that previously ended near the restoration site. Through creating the trail connection that’s approximately 20 metres long, trail users going north are now led from along 40-Mile Creek back to connect with the Bow River trail at Gopher Street. Completing this trail connection guides trail users onto the appropriate next segment in the trail system, rather than directing users towards the informal trails through the 40-Mile Creek restoration site.

Bike ParkingBike Racks
In 2016 a net of 94 new bike parking stalls were established and there are plans to install at least 90 more bike parking stalls in 2017. Four surveys of occupancy at bike parking facilities were conducted throughout the summer of 2016. Twenty-two bike parking sites had 75% occupancy or more in at least half of the 2016 surveys, indicating that they require expanded capacity in 2017. Survey data were also used to identify bicycle racks that had no usage, and therefore are candidates for being re-deployed to other locations in 2017.

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).

Trails MapHiking 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)