Banff Legacy Trail

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Banff Legacy Trail
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Adam K
Red Deer, Canada99 contributions
Beautiful ride (until the crash)
Aug. 2021
We have ridden this trail several times now and love the trail! It is well maintained and features some spectacular views.

This trip was cut short due to a mechanical failure of one of our riders who unfortunately had a tire explosion that resulted in him going over the bars, hitting his face on the pavement and breaking his arm just below the shoulder. I was surprised and VERY disappointed to hear that one of the oncoming riders told him to "move off the trail cause he was blocking traffic" when he had just crashed and was in a great deal of pain.

There are unfortunately some people on this trail that think they are training for the Olympics and the rest of us are just in their way - so be careful. There were three different incidents that day which resulted in the ambulance being called (I was in the emergency room to witness it).

On a side note: one of the first people to stop was a paramedic, another that stopped was a doctor and two others who helped clean the scene worked at the hospital - so you don't seem to have to wait too long for some quality help. We always carry a First Aid kit when biking/hiking - I would suggest having at least the basic necessities.

Keep to the right of the trails. Use your bells. Watch out for others - they may not be watching out for you!
Written August 16, 2021
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310amyv
Stony Plain120 contributions
A lovely ride
Aug. 2021 • Family
A fairly easy ride between Canmore and Banff. We took a 9 year old through to a 61 year old. No rush and everyone on the trail is polite and goes their own pace. All told it ends up about 43+ Kms but it is lovely
Written August 12, 2021
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0Canada
Ottawa, Canada226 contributions
Great Ride
Aug. 2021
Fun ride between Canmore and Banff and on paved trail. We are staying in Canmore so rented bikes (ebikes and regular bikes) for the ride. We hung out in Banff for a while- shopped and ate before returning.

Took 1:15 to Banff and only 52 minutes on the return due to elevation and tailwinds.

We went on a Tuesday and the trail was not to busy, which was nice.

If you dont cycle alot, i would recommend an ebike. 48 KM round trip is quite a ride for non-regular cyclists, yet a relatively easy ride for regular cyclists.

Yes- it is mostly close to the highway, but we were not bothered by that... There are some great views of Cascade Mtn as you approach Banff and Rundle Mountain near Canmore.

I would recommend this trip- it was fun.
Written August 11, 2021
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NickGwen
Red Deer, Canada14 contributions
Enjoyable with a few exceptions.
Jun. 2021
Scenic and enjoyable ride but go early as it can get busy especially on weekends and parking is limited at the Canmore Visitor Centre. As the trail follows beside the highway, the traffic noise is high and can deter from the full enjoyment. Its fun for families but the Peloton bike racers are a nuisance with their high speed so always ensure to keep to the right to be safe.
Written July 30, 2021
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TravellinWeb
Edmonton, Canada101 contributions
Nice ride to accomplish
Sep. 2020
Nice ride with a few small-medium hills (depending what you are used to cycling). We started at Canmore Visitor Centre (Difficult to find parking on the weekend) & rode to the Chili’s in Banff and back which was about 43 km. The ride itself was under 3 hours, but we took many stops and went at a slow pace as my spouse is not used to much physical activity. Hardest part is sitting on a bike this long if you aren’t used to it. People of various ages and fitness levels do this trip and, although there are a lot of people on the trail, it never caused problems. Giving this a 4* as its an accomplishment to do the ride but there are a lot more scenic rides in there.
Written September 26, 2020
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ian A
5 contributions
Beautiful views
Aug. 2020
We find the ride easier from Banff to Canmore, so we typically park at the Canmore visitor center and then go to Banff, lunch, and return. 1.5 hours to get to Banff. 1.0 to return to Canmore.
Written September 24, 2020
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Nick D
Calgary, Canada1,310 contributions
go early
Jul. 2020
this is a very popular and very well maintained bike, rollerblade, roller ski, running trail between the Canmore Nordic Centre all the way to the 1A turnoff just west of Banff. We have cycled the stretch many times using different starting points in Canmore and stopping for a bite and a stretch at various spots but our favourite for a light lunch is at the Cascade Ponds day use area. Along the way we have seen all sorts of wildlife including having a whole large herd of elk come and visit us at lunch at the Ponds. It's a good ride with some good hills so it becomes a good workout. Some parts are further from the TransCanada Highway but still has traffic noise AND you are right next to the rail tracks too.
However, because it is so popular we have found that the westerly direction gets very busy by 11am but it's quite different if you get going a bit earlier.
Written August 25, 2020
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JohnsonsEdm
Edmonton, Canada91 contributions
Canadian / Albertan adventure
Jul. 2020 • Family
Saw all ages & abilities on the trail. Best order is Canmore to Banff and then back. Somewhat noisy being near the highway, however the views and enjoyment of the experience are still worth it. Parking was full at the Canmore Visitor Centre so we grabbed a spot just down the road.
Written July 7, 2020
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Kmariee
Calgary, Canada425 contributions
Awesome bike ride
Jun. 2020 • Couples
Did this bike ride with my boyfriend and we both LOVED it. We rode to Banff and back! For sure will do it again, very beautiful.
On the way to Banff it’s a bit challenging and the head wind, but heading back to Canmore it’s a breeze!
Written June 29, 2020
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Blackstrappy
Edmonton, Canada16 contributions
Awesome bike ride
Jun. 2020
Start in Canmore and ride to Banff. Treat yourself to lunch or Brunch in Banff, then glide home (mostly downhill). Best day ever.
Written June 2, 2020
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