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    Looking for the best photography in Banff? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Banff. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

    Top Photography Spots in and near Banff

    • Canmore, Alberta

      Hike to Grassi Lake

      4.5
      2.4 mi / 820.2 ft gain
      To get to the Grassi Lake trailhead, continue past the Nordic Center about 2km and take a small left when you reach a junction between a gravel road and a paved road. You want to be on the paved road, as this will lead you down to the Grassi Lake parking lot. The trail starts right behind the res...
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    • Kananaskis, Alberta

      East End of Rundle Scramble

      4.4
      4.7 mi / 2880 ft gain
      This well marked, fun hike that has a bit of everything, from easy forest walking, to steep slabs, minor hands on scrambling, and a scree slope to the summit.From the parking lot, head north up the hill, where the trail begins around the power poles. There a few different paths to start, so it's ...
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    • Canmore, Alberta

      Ha Ling Sunrise Hike

      4.1
      5 mi / 2296.6 ft gain
      Start at the Goat Creek parking lot and cross the road towards Ha Ling. There is an access road with a gate on the other side. Walk up the road and across the bridge. From there the trail is obvious and will lead you to the summit. Overall it's a fairly easy hike with switchbacksOnce above tree l...
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    • Canmore, Alberta

      Mount Lady Macdonald Scramble in Winter

      3.5
      The Mount Lady Macdonald trail begins at Cougar Creek, starting out as a leg burner through the forest, then meandering through boulders, halfway up. The boulders, sparse forest, and views of the Bow River Valley make for a classic mountain landscape that isn't always offered by forested walks to...
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    • Improvement District No. 9, Alberta

      Hike to the Ink Pots via Johnston Canyon

      3.8
      7.5 mi / 1050 ft gain
      The hike through Johnston Canyon to its Upper and Lower falls is one of the most popular hikes to do in Banff - mostly due the little effort required for the great reward.To start, take the Bow Valley Parkway (Highway 1A) - the parking lot and trailhead are clearly marked by a Johnston Canyon sig...
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    • Improvement District No. 9, Alberta

      Johnston Canyon Lower and Upper Falls

      5.0
      3.31 mi / 692 ft gain
      Getting There: The Canyon is very well marked, but here are directions anyway if you're coming from Banff: Head West on the Trans-Canada Highway for about 5 km or so. Take the Bow Valley Parkway exit, and continue West for another 18km - you'll then see signs to your right for Johnston Canyon. ...
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    • Canmore, Alberta

      Hike Grotto Mountain

      7.5 mi / 4429.1 ft gain
      From Highway 1A take the exit to the Alpine Club of Canada. Park near the woodpile as the actual parking lot is for Alpine Club customers. The trailhead about 30 metres up the road from the woodpile.The start of the trail is fairly relaxed but it quickly becomes a steep uphill battle. There are t...
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    • Kananaskis, Alberta

      Snowshoe to Old Goat Glacier

      6.2 mi / 2296.6 ft gain
      The trialhead is found on West Side Road on the west side of Spray Lakes Resevoir. In winter, West Side Road is closed to vehicles due to dogsled tours, but is still open to walking - it's a pretty neat experience to get passed by a dozen sled dog teams. Since the road is closed, it adds an extra...
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    • Improvement District No. 9, Alberta

      Snowshoe to Rockbound Lake

      3.0
      11 mi / 2460 ft gain
      This is an amazing trail, but not for the feint of heart!The trailhead is located on the Bow Valley Parkway (Highway 1A) in Banff National Park, AB at the Castle Mountain sign. The trailhead is marked by an information sign in the north of the parking lot and the trail initially heads north - not...
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    • Improvement District No. 9, Alberta

      Hike to Silverton Falls

      1.2 mi / 120 ft gain
      Starting at the Rockbound Lake trailhead you will want to follow the flat dirt path straight, until you see the junction in the road with the sign pointing you to Silverton Falls (it will be about 500 steps or a quarter of a mile). We made the mistake of taking the first junction which lead us to...
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    • Canmore, Alberta

      Trail Run on the Wind Ridge-Bow Valley

      8.4 mi
      Wind Ridge is a 7,217 ft / 2,200 m mountain peak near Canmore, Alberta, Canada, with spectacular views into the Bow Valley. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from May until November.Take the Spray Lakes Road from the town of Canmore for 22km. The trail head is just below th...
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    • Kananaskis, Alberta

      Hike up Windtower Mountain

      5.0
      6.2 mi / 3182.4 ft gain
      Spray Lakes is one of my favorite areas in Kananaskis, and the view of Spray Lakes from the summit is absolutely breathtaking.The trailhead is located along the Smith-Dorrien Trail (Spray Lakes Road) – look for a yellow sign on the eastern side of the road, about 1 mile (1.5 km) south of the Drif...
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    • Bighorn No. 8, Alberta

      Icewalk in Grotto Canyon

      3.5
      To get to the trailhead, take Highway 1 and take the Seebe exit (Highway 1X). Continue north on Highway 1X and take a left at Highway 1A. A few kilometres after the town of Exshaw, turn into the parking lot marked by the Grotto Pond sign.The trailhead is well marked and follow the trail until the...
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    • 51.064574,-115.203550

      Hike Grotto Creek

      3.7 mi / 410.1 ft gain
      This is a great hike that could be a quick 2 hour sprint or stretch into a full day affair.  The trailhead is located just off Highway 1A at a fishing pond with outhouses and ample parking.  The trail is well signed and in a quick kilometre, hikers will be at the actual creek bed. In summer, hike...
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    • Edgewater, British Columbia

      Hike to Nub Peak

      5.0
      7.3 mi / 2789 ft gain
      Starting right at Mt. Assiniboine Lodge, there is very clear signage for this hike. The arrows will lead you over a wooden walkway right before you begin a gentle assent through the woods,gaining elevation the further you go, and then arrive at The Nublet which is before the peak. The Nublet has ...
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    • Edgewater, British Columbia

      Explore Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park

      5.0
      Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site sequestered 27 km from the nearest road. We took a helicopter in, and hiked out . You can also hike both ways, but the hiking once you are there is more amazing than on the way in. You can also ski in on backcountry skis in the Win...
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