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Bow Lake in Banff National Park

6 Long Day Hikes to Ditch the Crowds in Banff NP

Leave the crowds behind by hiking into the unspoilt backcountry of Banff National Park.

Hiking Moderate, Difficult

Bow Lake in Banff National Park
Bow Lake in Banff National Park Photo: Bernd Thaller


As one of Canada’s most popular national parks, you might expect Banff destinations to be quite crowded. Many of them, like Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, certainly do get overwhelmed in the busy season. But even in the height of summer, you can still find uncrowded places, or you can visit the popular places during less busy times like early morning.

The best way to avoid the crowds is to simply hike farther than most others are willing to. You are limited only by your own endurance and time commitment. Countless paths exist that wander into the lesser-visited backcountry of Banff, but these six are some of the most rewarding that can be done in a day.

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