What’s better than getting outdoors and being active? Being outdoors and active in one of the most stunning natural wonders in Canada: Banff National Park! Hiking is a great way to experience this park and, with the views it gives you, you’ll want to cherish them forever. What’s the best way to capture those memories while subtly showing off to your friends? Instagram. Duh.

So, with that in mind here are the most popular – and most stunning – hikes to post on your socials. Now, these aren’t our photos; we culled these shots from some of Alberta’s best #travelgram-ers. If you like them make sure to like them or follow them. Ok, pack your bag; it’s time to hike!

UPDATE: Make sure to check air quality of the area you are hiking before you go. The fires in BC are still active.

#1: LAKE LOUISE

The best time to grab this famous shot is at sunrise to mid morning. Most are taken from the canoe boat-dock with reflections of Mount Victoria. Is there any image more associated with the Canadian Rockies? Plus you can easily do three of our great Lake Louise hikes from here. From easiest to most challenging they are Lake Agnes Tea HouseMount Fairview Summit, and Mount St.Piran.

#ClassicLakeLouise
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#LakeLouise did not disappoint! #totallyworththedrive #exploretheworld #sonya99ii #sonyprousa

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#5: Lake Minnewanka

Lake Minnewanka is the largest lake in Banff National Park. Take some time to explore the shoreline and try snapping your pic at sunrise. The hike we have mapped out is manageable for most. What’s great is it is an ‘out and back’ style hike. So just turn around whenever you like.

#LakesideIsMyBestSide #canoncanada
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#6: Bow Lake and Bow Glacier

There are plenty of great water features on this hike; it makes it hard to choose. We found this shot to be the most popular. You can catch this picture and more on our Bow Glacier Falls trail. This is in the Icefields section of Banff National Park.

#UnBowlievable
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One more of Canada for the road, eh?

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#7: Cascade Mountain

If you want a mountaintop vista, you’ll need to be an experienced scrambler and route finder to trek to the top. For that reason, we don’t include it on our list. The best way to see Cascade, in our opinion, is to grab a coffee at Evelyn’s Coffee Bar and look up at this behemoth from #BanffAve.

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#9: Surprise Corner

This shot is iconic, so go out and get your own spin on it. It’s not a hike, but the view is too classic to not have it on our list. The Fairmont’s luxurious chalet sums up the beauty and history of Banff in one go. Maybe get a selfie looking as regal as possible.

#MountainCastle
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Golden afternoon light briefly illuminates the @fairmontbanff hotel and this giant tree at surprise corner 🌲

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#10: Rock Isle Lake

Our hike to Rock Isle Lake gives you three lakes for the price of one. Starting at the base of Sunshine Ski Hill, you can take a bus or gondola up and then enjoy the Sunshine Meadows.

#RockIsleWalkabout
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UPDATE: Unfortunately the Verdant Creek fire has forced sunshine to close as stated on their website “Over the next few days, our resort will be used as a staging area for firefighters, helicopters, and the command team, thus allowing Parks Canada to manage the fire from our resort.” All the best to those brave men and women.

A mountain a day keeps the doctor away🤓

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