Cascade Ponds is an easy hike just outside of the Town of Banff. The family friendly trail can handle strollers and wheelchairs. Some assistance may be needed as there is a small slope to get down right the beginning of the trail.
There are additional trails that branch off the one described in this post for more exploration. Enjoy exploring the trails at this day-use area that provides 360-degree mountain views.
If you want to explore the Banff National Park area then try these 10 Easy Hikes in Banff National Park.
Insider Tip for Families:
Bring a picnic and enjoy spending a few hours in the area. On occasion, and depending on the time of year, the mosquitoes can be a challenge.
Distance: 1 km (.62 mi) out and back
Elevation: 0 m (0ft)
Highlights: Mountain Views, Ponds, Rocky Beach
Facilities: Outhouse, Picnic Tables, Fire Pits
Optional Gear: Carrier, Stroller, Wheelchair, Paddle Boats
TrailRider Rating: Easy*
Take the Trans Canada Highway AB-1 W to Lake Minnewanka Scenic Dr/Range Rd 115B Rd. Turn right on Range Rd 115B Rd away
from the Town of Banff. Take the first right onto Lake
Minnewanka Scenic Drive. Immediately stay right and follow signs for Cascade Ponds.
From the parking lot, head straight towards Cascade Ponds. Take the small set of stairs down and begin the hike. There is an outhouse in the parking lot.
There are a few trails to explore around Cascade Ponds. For an easy meander, and first hike for little kids, follow the short trail down the stairs towards the bridge. Absorb the panoramic views before heading over the second bridge.
After the second bridge, the trail veers to the left and follows the ponds. Go along the trail until you reach the rocky beach. Keep on exploring or enjoy throwing rocks in the water before heading back the way you came.
*Aside from the initial set of stairs, the rest of the trail is stroller friendly, wheelchair friendly and easy for those hiking with a TrailRider. You may be able to go down the hill to the side of the stairs to access the trail.
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