Banff, Canmore, and Lake Louise

Legacy Trail: Canmore to Banff

The Rocky Mountain/Banff Legacy Trail is a combination paved pathway and parkway built in honor of Banff National Park’s 125th Anniversary. Paralleling and alongside the Trans Canada Highway, this is a gorgeous, relatively flat trail, with great views, and is popular with runners and cyclists. The southeastern terminus is at the Alberta Visitors’ Center in Canmore (one hour north of Calgary), and runs for 27 km west to the Banff Park west wildlife gate at Bow Valley Parkway. From Cascade Ponds, there are some on-road sections along Vermillion Lakes Rd., to the northwest end of the tail at Bow Valley Parkway. One fun option is to run one-way and take the bus back!
NOTE: Sections of trail are closed in winter.  Also, there are several electrified mats along the trail, used for animal crossings.
rocky-mountain-legacy-trail-map
Courtesy: Parks Canada
Essentials
  • 27 km (16.7 miles) one-way
  • Sections hilly
  • Southern terminus at Alberta Visitors Center in Canmore.
  • Sections Hilly