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Parker Ridge Trail

Icefields Parkway 93, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
403-762-1550
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Ranked #1 of 32 attractions in Banff
Type: Hiking Trails
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Montreal, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

It is a good place for a short hike. We had lunch on the ridge, took several photos and, most of all, enjoyed the view!

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Bellmore, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

This is one of the most amazing short hikes I've done in Icefields area. The hike itself is switchback trail, relatively short. On top however, you are rewarded with amazing views of the Saskatchewan glacier in all his splendor, with all that entails: glacier lakes, falls, white peaks. I would go back there anytime!

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Sarasota, Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

My hubby and I are so happy we did this hike. We weren't going to because it was quite cold outside (around 40 degrees) when we were there in July and it had been raining off and on. However, we decided we may only get to the beautiful Rockies once, so we went for it! We were so happy we... More

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

I hiked this October 28th, 2013 and there was a significantly amount of snow. Started at 3pm and got up at 4:30 - took a few small breaks but was moving the rest of the time. I'd say in the snow it was strenuous for a decently fit person. Did it after Johnston Canyon in the early AM and Lake... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

It's a easy hike. The panoramic view of the mountains is breathtaking. There is the Saskatchewan glacier, a ship like mountain and a mountain like having many hotel rooms. On the way towards Banff at the big bend, we also saw a herd of mountain goat roaming on the road side then filed on the cliff climbing up Parker Ridge.

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Belgium
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

The trail is a nice steep hike. A lot of tourists walk this path so you will not be on your own. The view at the top is worth it. A must when you stay at Banff, but not worth a special trip to Banff. Banff is rather a busy tourist town.

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York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

I was undecided whether to do the Parker Ridge hike or Wilcox Pass hike. So glad I chose Parker Ridge as the view was just spectacular. At the top we took the trail to the left and kept walking to get the best views back up the valley to the glacier.

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Elmhurst, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

One reviewer stated that if you have only time for one hike on the Icefields Parkway, this is the one to take. We totally agree. Also agree with other 70 year olds that the uphill climb is strenuous, but so well worth it. And, the walk is not over until you walk far enough to see the entire valley -... More

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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54 reviews 54 reviews
38 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

If possible try to arrive before 9 a.m. It takes about 30-45 minutes to reach the overlook. You may have the spectacular view all to yourself.

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Sydney, Australia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

A well signed trail with options for an easier walk for a harder one. If you are in the Rockies for a hike, this is a good way to start. Allow 1-2 hours ( I think the suggested time on the trail information post is overtly generous. if you are fit, you need much less time). As always,you need to... More

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