Distance

0.81 Miles

Elevation Gain

37 Feet

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Loop

Added by

Dan Deublein

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

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Distance

0.81 Miles

Elevation Gain

37 Feet

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Loop

Added by

Dan Deublein

Canada's Wild Is Calling!

You don't have to go far to feel a million miles away. Banff and Lake Louise are a short flight from anywhere in North America. And once you’re here, you’ll see why this perfect combination of raw wilderness and pure luxury is truly special. Located in Canada’s first National Park, it’s home to Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise and Mt. Norquay, the three world-class ski resorts included in your SkiBig3 ticket.

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