Explore Bankhead Ghost Town

Rate this Adventure Canada Bankhead Ghost Town Parking

Added by Dan Deublein

Explore the ruins of Bankhead. A turn of the century coal mining ghost town!

Bankhead is a ghost town which flanks Cascade Mountain and lies just south of Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park. The main portion of the ghost town is located in Lower Bankhead, which can be reach by traveling North on Range Rd 1158 (closed Nov - Apr), following the signs to Lake Minnewanka. The turn-off on the right is easy to miss, but is located at (51.232523, -115.524069). Upon turning right, you will enter a parking lot that overlooks Lower Bankhead. 

From the parking area at Lower Bankhead, the well-developed path drops down a hillside where you are immediately met with an old structure that once served as the Lamp House. Miners would collect their lamp to start the workday which was numbered. At the end of the day if any numbered lamps were missing, a search party was organized for the missing miner. 

You will want to following this historical loop in a counter clockwise fashion. As you continue, you will discover the foundation to the Power House, Briquette Building, Boiler House and the remains of the Chapel. 

To visit the ruins of the Chapel, you will need to have completed the loop hike and ended up back at the parking lot. If you continue towards the back of the parking lot, there is a designated trail. Follow this trail for about 0.25 miles where you will located the ruins of the chapel (51.233541, -115.519555).

To learn more about the history of Bankhead, click here

Pack List

  • Backpack
  • Water & Snacks
  • Rain Gear
  • Bear Spray
  • Camera
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Chillin, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

0.81 Miles

Elev. Gain:

37 Feet

Features:

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

Have you done this adventure? Have something to add? You could be the first to leave a review!

Added by Dan Deublein

Dan is an explorer for The Outbound and editor of The Proper Function, an outdoor online editorial. He is passionate about exploration and can’t stay put for more than a week.

More Adventures Nearby

Hike to Wilson's Falls

Canada / Wilson's Falls Trailhead

Wilson's Falls is a beautiful hiking trail located right in the heart of Muskoka. This trail provides many different access points for stunning views of the waterfalls.

Hike to Huckleberry Rock Lookout

Canada / Huckleberry Rock Lookout Parking

This is a beautiful trail where many scenic Muskoka views can be observed. The trail begins in the middle of a beautiful forest which quickly opens to exposed bedrock, the oldest rock on the planet.

Photograph the Cleveland Dam

Canada / Cleveland Dam

Once you park in the parking lot near the dam, its fairly easy to tell where it is, and how to get there.

Kaila Walton
6 Saves