Eight Easy Stroller-friendly Walking Trails in Banff

Banff National Park is not just for experienced hikers, there are stroller-friendly walking trails for parents to enjoy as well. As a family photographer, many of my clients are travelling with kids. While on their vacation, families want to know how they can enjoy the mountains while also keeping it fun for the kids. So, here are my top eight stroller-friendly walking trails in Banff National Park to enjoy:

Consider Before Your Trip To Banff National Park:

  • Expect snowy winter conditions from October through late May
  • A park pass is required to stop in Banff National Park, purchase one in advance or in person at the park border
  • Locations are generally busy during the summer months with limited parking. Plan to take transit as much as possible.
  • Banff National Park operates on Mountain Time (MST/MDT).
  • We are located far enough North that the summer daylight hours are very long. For best results, plan your stroller-friendly walks during the morning or evening for beautiful light and to avoid crowds.

Eight stroller-friendly walking trails in Banff National Park:

Lake Louise Area:

  1. Lake Louise Lakeshore Trail: This easy paved trail follows the northern shore of Lake Louise. It is both wheelchair and stroller-friendly. You can walk or wheel along the trail with your family to enjoy a view of the famous lake and surrounding mountains.
  2. Bow River Loop Trail (Lake Louise): Beginning in Lake Louise, this is approximately a 1.5-hour loop. This trail is a great way to enjoy the Bow River and mountain views with less crowds.
  3. Moraine Lake Shoreline Trail: While not paved, the trail around Moraine Lake is relatively flat and well-maintained. I would consider it a stroller-friendly walking trail with occasional bumps and roots. For this reason, having off-road wheels would be preferable to city wheels. This shoreline walking trail has amazing views of the iconic turquoise lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. The best part is there are a few benches and sit spots to stop and enjoy along the way. For this walk, you must take the shuttle (store strollers underneath the bus) and expect friendly crowds.

Banff Area:

  1. Banff Legacy Trail: This is a 20km trail that parallels HWY 1 to connect Banff and Canmore. This two-way trail is paved the entire way and weaves in and out of beautiful forests. To tackle this trail, park at Cascade Ponds Picnic Area (Banff) or the Visitor Centre (Canmore). Since this is a longer trail, you can always do one section and turn around or take transit back.
  2. Sundance Canyon Trail: This easy paved loop takes you along the Sundance Trail. Follow the paved section along the Bow River to enjoy the views. After that, the trail turns to dirt as it heads toward the canyon.
  3. Cascade Gardens Loop (Banff): These gardens are a great location for a family picnic and short walks. There are many streams and bridges to explore, all surrounded by views of Cascade Mountain. This is one of my favourite family photography locations as well.

Bow Valley Parkway:

  1. Bow Valley Parkway (Banff to Lake Louise): While not a specific trail, the Bow Valley Parkway is a must-do scenic drive. There are several pullouts and picnic areas where you can park and take short strolls with strollers. I recommend the Johnston Canyon hike (1.2 km) along the way.

Family Photography in Banff National Park

While you are visiting Banff National Park with your kids, consider booking a family photography session. If you love the idea of candid, lifestyle images of your family in the mountains, I would love to work with you. Banff is one of the most beautiful places in the world. A trip here is the perfect opportunity to update your family photos.

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