Bankhead Ghost Town
Bankhead Ghost Town
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SeniorTravelerTF
Fort Atkinson1,192 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
An easy trail that leads through the former mining town of Lower Bankhead. Outstanding descriptive signs along the way tell about the mining, town and the people. Machinery, buildings, slag heaps, pits all left over from the town give it a haunting feeling that echoes the activity of years ago. The most informative and educational trail I took in two weeks in the four national parks in the Canadian Rockies.
Written November 13, 2023
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Vincent C
469 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This was an informative hike. But not a lot to see when we went as it was a cloudy day. The hike was easy.
Written September 11, 2023
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Julia H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
The views were stunning and seeing the original architecture was simply unreal. The church steps were hard to find, as they are on a path near the parking lot, but overall an amazing time.
Written May 24, 2023
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Catherine W
Chippenham, UK271 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
We found this quite by accident but found it very interesting to see the foundations of the coal mine workings that were supported by this town for just Twenty years. It is very peaceful now but I could imagine how it buzzed with life a hundred years ago. I love the fact that the buildings were moved to other places, really good recycling. One can be seen in the courtyard of a Banff hotel!
Written October 5, 2022
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Laura
7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Bankhead itself was lovely - lots of information about the old town. However, the mosquitos get 1 star. No matter how tough you think you are, use bug spray! Due to the lower, swampy elevation, there were a lot more mosquitos than in neighbouring Banff.
Written July 28, 2022
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Johnny H.
Manassas, VA342 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
I was so happy to find this on the map when I was looking for things to do in the Banff area. The hike is short from the parking area and is a simple loop through the ghost town. There are many examples of the old mining equipment used for coal extraction, which is very interesting to see.
One of my favorite things is all the wild rutabaga growing, which is left over from when the Chinese laborers lived in the area.
Written July 16, 2022
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Sharla P
71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
What an interesting hidden gem of a trail! It’s a fun piece of history to learn about and easy enough for the whole family. We walked the Lower Bankhead loop with our small children and we all really enjoyed it. There are plaques throughout the trail explaining the coal mining town, and even why the wild rhubarb grows there. The Lower Bankhead trail is accessed off the road to Lake Minnewanka. There’s a car parking lot, and it wasn’t busy at all on a Saturday afternoon.
Written August 29, 2021
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karol452
Edmonton, Canada1,005 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
You will need a car to get to Bankhead because Roam transit does not stop here. Bankhead is on the road to Lake Minnewanka. The path goes is a loop. Along the loop there are information stands about Bankhead. There are also some other buildings and old equipment. Bankhead was an old mining town. This is an easy small hike. Bankhead was not crowded when we went. Bankhead gives a person an insight to the past.
Written August 21, 2021
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Liana Y
Okanagan Valley, Canada50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
This trail is accessed on the road to Lk. Minnewanka. A good choice for a couple hour walk among foundations and partial buildings of the old Bankhead coal mine (late 1800's to approx 1920) especially with Covid distancing. We saw 6 others while on our walk and we were on our own most of the time. Quiet and peaceful. Interpretive panels and a display building with viewing windows added to the story. There was also a section of coal train on display with an engine powered by compressed air to work inside the mine. Even if you aren't into history, it was a beautiful walk in the valley with lots to look at and birds singing. Houses from the townsite were moved into Banff in the mid 1920's and there is a corresponding heritage walk brochure available at the Banff visitor centre.
Written September 5, 2020
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Poisonivyjc
Calgary, Canada898 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
I love little hikes that have ruins. Not a busy trail. Right off the highway on the way to lake Minnewanka. Easy enough for all skill levels.
Written October 20, 2019
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