Check Parks Canada's trail conditions report before you head out on any of trails and the Important Bulletins which list any bear warnings or area closures.
The following trails are within walking distance of the Banff townsite. Download a Trails Map (PDF) or check out a detailed description of each trail below. While you're on the trails, use Walking Through Banff's Nature to learn more about the area.
Live in Banff? The Mountain Adventure Programs for adults 18-30 and seniors ages 55+ offer affordable guided hikes for residents.
Trail descriptions are from the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide (Brian Patton and Bart Robinson; Summerthought Publishing), the original hiking guide to Banff National Park and the contiguous parks.
Originally published in 1971 and now in its 9th edition, this book details over 3,400 kilometres of hiking trails in Banff, Jasper, Yoho, Kootenay and Waterton Lakes National Parks.