Banff Alberta, off the beaten path suggestions

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1. Posted by WanderingJenny (Budding Member 3 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Hey everyone, I hope you are all well and safe. Now that our travel restrictions are less I am finally preparing for my first trip since covid struck. I will be heading to Banff and taking my niece. I am looking for fun adventurous things to do aside from the normal things. We are beginner hikers so nothing extreme. We both love photography, so any spots to get great views would be perfect. Thanks in advance. Jenny.

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2247 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I really enjoyed the lake agnes tea house walk at Lake Louise. It's nothing extreme.

We arrived early and had it to ourselves; on our return to the car park the entire world was there. But it appears most just stick to Lake Louise shoreline.

I think busyness will be the problem throughout that area. We liked the Jasper area more for that reason.

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5580 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I can echo the recommendation for the tea house hike, though time of the year matters a lot: we still had to cross quite a large snow field in very late June to get to the tea house, and had to forego Lake Agnes itself due to the slope there being completely icy.

Personally I loved Moraine Lake even better than Lake Louise; it was also marginally quieter (though both are super popular; luckily it thins out rapidly once you get away from the car park).

The hike which most sticks in mind for me is the one at Caste Mountain to Tower Lake and on to Rockbound Lake. (Definitely worth pushing on for the latter if you can.) Muuuuuuch quieter, and actually kinda boring for most of the way (just an unrelenting steady climb most of the way - easy but exhausting; no need to be good hikers, but do build up some stamina first), but the views at the end are wonderful. The hike up from Tower Lake to Rockbound Lake is a bit more strenuous, but still very doable, and really not all that long.

I can also recommend a sidetrip to Yoho National Park. I really enjoyed Takakkaw Falls and of course canoeing on Emerald Lake.

4. Posted by WanderingJenny (Budding Member 3 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Thank you so much for the suggestions. Yes I think we all love to see the more famous places. Has anyone done the Mist Mountain hike?