Sundance Canyon
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Peter R
Calgary2,077 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
You can park at the Cave and Basin Historical site(lots of parking) form which begins the trailhead to the Sundance Canyon loop. You follow a paved pathway for most of the way up until you reach the Canyon itself --from there it is gravel/silt path with a slight increase in elevation.
At the start of the Canyon you will find outhouses, a few picnic tables and bike racks(to lock up your bike as you ascend the Canyon portion of the hike).
The hike to the Canyon, as well as the Canyon loop itself, is very scenic and picturesque. So do not forget to take a camera. We could not nail down an exact distance (one source said 2.7 miles) but the hike took us around 3 hours -- and we did stop a lot to take pictures.
Written June 9, 2017
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BCW_1016
Charlevoix, MI256 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
This hike requires a bit of a hike along a paved path just to get to. It takes the better part of an hour to walk from the parking lot to the trail head but well worth the time. This trail winds through a deep canyon with a fast moving stream running most of the way through it. The views are outstanding and ever changing as you wander up snd down through the canyon. The walk to the trail head is longer than the hike through the canyon but dont let that stop you from enjoying this beautiful area.
Written September 21, 2019
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DM
Canmore, Canada182 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017
I was here this past winter, and most of the trail was ok with regular winter boots until I got up to the Canyon. I managed to cling onto the railing of the REALLY icy steps going up to the bridge, but I would have felt a LOT safer with heavy duty crampons. In any case, I made it all the way through! It was stunning.
Written October 29, 2017
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Nemo1921
Alexandria, VA67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
We got to Banff on a Friday in the early afternoon - and after checking into our hotel, we walked down Banff Avenue to the Bow River Bridge and decided to try the Sundance Canyon trail. This route, along the Bow River a good portion of the way is a paved road, really and hikers and bikers share the road with horseback riders. After about 2 miles, the paved portion of the trail ends with a little turnout for parking bikes or strollers and then a short path to a rustic bridge next over a stream/small falls. Many people turn back at this point, but the trail continues, unpaved and much more narrow, climbing over the rocks and continues by the stream and then looping back down to the turnout for bikes, etc. If you want, you can turn off for the short Marsh walk on the way back down the trail.

The whole hike is maybe 4 or 5 miles. It's mostly easy, though there are a few steps of steepish rocky trail above the falls. Wear sturdy shoes - at least tennis shoes.
It was a great short walk/hike to start our Banff exploration.
Written September 7, 2017
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stefano523
Geraldton, Australia415 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
A 4+ km, relatively flat walk or bike ride from the Caves and Basin Historic Site. Not many people were undertakimg this activity, probably due to the effort to get there, the mosquitoes (v friendly) and possibly because the canyon itself is nice enough but certainly not spectacular. If you decide to visit the canyon, also make sure you appreciate the vistas of the Bow River and valley along the way. There are no facilities at the canyon but also very few people. The climb to the top is steep and tricky but very do-able with a bit of care. There is a nice little bridge across the top of the canyon that gives a pleasant view of the canyon itself.
Written August 11, 2017
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diswix
Gloucester, UK517 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Walked from Banff, nice trail no Elks so felt safe, beautiful waterfall. Great photo opportunities and picnic benches
Written June 2, 2023
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Sophia M
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Really relaxing and scenic walk, first hour or so on concrete but next to the beautiful, cristal blue Bow river! Tons of Mosquitoes, so definitely bring Bug spray
Written August 24, 2022
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L P
Encinitas, CA2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
I wish we had bikes! Most of the path there is paved and not especially scenic, and we kept getting passed by bikes. There are some lovely views, eventually, of the river and of course, the canyon, but a lot of it is just a paved path through trees with clouds of mosquitoes. On the inside of the paved path is a muddy muck of horse tracks and manure. The canyon hike was beautiful, but my kids were bummed once we completed that loop and then had to go all the way back down the paved path. We tried the Marsh Trail on the way back for variety, but it was nearly impassable with horse manure and muddy tracks.
Written September 9, 2019
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MartiPrice
Austin, TX25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
When the person at the visitor's booth realized we were on bikes, he strongly recommended visiting Sundance Canyon. Said there would be no crowds (correct). The bike ride was 10 km round trip. It was an easy bike ride to the end where we parked our bikes and then walked the last bit to the waterfalls. It was nice but not spectacular but a great add to our day of biking around town.
Note: Be sure to put on bug spray (and bring a small bottle with you too) as there was lots of mosquitos.
Written August 11, 2019
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MarinaFollowsTheSun
Berlin, Germany1,952 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
The Sundance Canyon trailhead is approx. a 15 Minute walk from downtown at Cave & Basin.
If you arrive in the morning, you will have the trail all to yourself. It's an easy walk up to a little waterfall and fuether if you like.

Along the trail you will find benches and little rest areas, as well as incredible nature to look at.
Written June 8, 2019
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