|Sundance Canyon, Banff|
Sundance Trail is a 3.3 kilometre paved trail for pedestrians and cyclists that starts at Cave and Basin National Historic Site.
|Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Banff|
The first two kilometres are fairly flat and treed, however, views open up as you approach the river. Enjoy a snack/water/photo break at a pullout along the Bow River before going uphill.
|Sundance Trail, Banff|
As the trail curves to the left, the climb begins. The hill was a bit of a challenge when my youngest was five, but both kids found it easy once they had bikes with gears. Pace yourself and look for the covered picnic shelter at the top of the hill. Sundance Picnic Area has the only washrooms in the area, so be sure to make a pit stop before you begin your hike!
|Sundance Picnic Area, Banff|
Sundance Canyon trailhead is about a minute by bike past the picnic area.
|Sundance Canyon, Banff|
Where the pavement ends, Sundance Canyon trail begins. Lock up your bike at the bike racks, cross the footbridge and follow the narrow, well beaten path on the left side of the creek. Climb the steps and cross another bridge over small cascades. From here, you can look back (northwest) to the Sawback mountain range.
|The second bridge overlooks the Cascades|
|Second Footbridge at Sundance Canyon, Banff|
|Stone steps at Sundance Canyon, Banff|
|Sundance Canyon in May – still super snowy!|
|Third footbridge at Sundance Canyon, Banff|
|Viewpoint on west side of Sundance Canyon Loop|
Sundance Trail and Sundance Canyon Loop at a Glance
Stroller Friendly? No. The canyon access trail (Sundance Trail) is paved, but Sundance Canyon Loop has stairs.
Trailhead: Cave and Basin National Historic Site.
Distance from Calgary: 130 km
Directions from Calgary: Take highway 1 westbound for approximately 125 km. Take the second Banff exit and turn left on Mount Norquay Road. Continue onto Gopher Street. Continue onto Lynx Street. Continue onto Bear Street. At the 3-way stop, turn left onto Buffalo Street. Take first right onto Banff Avenue, cross the bridge, and turn right onto Cave Avenue. Continue straight for 1.4 km to Cave and Basin National Historic Site.
|Cave and Basin Boardwalk Trail makes a nice extension
to Sundance Trail and Sundance Canyon Loop.
Know Before You Go
Watch for horses along Sundance Trail and give them lots of space.
Admission to Cave and Basin National Historic Site is a cool stop before/after hiking. Admission is free with your park pass! Did you know Cave and Basin is the birthplace of the Canadian National Parks system?