Banff Legacy Trail
Banff Legacy Trail
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Jim B
Grapeview, WA1,272 contributions
Sep. 2022 • Couples
We enjoyed the ride from Banff to Canmore and back on a beautiful, warm fall day. It parallels the highway so there is traffic noise, but it doesn't ruin the ride. It's just nice being on a trail where you don't have to worry about high speed vehicles passing. We found the majority of other cyclists we met to be very courteous. The views of the mountains along the way are beautiful! As an old road geek, I wondered if this trail followed the old highway alignment. Turns out that part of it does as we found an old stone highway mileage marker at 6 miles out of Banff. I'm assuming it was miles since Canada used miles instead of kilometers up until 1970 and this marker was much older than that.
Written September 28, 2022
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SuitcaseMommy
Arlington, VA4 contributions
Aug. 2022 • Family
We were visiting Canmore from the US and decided to rent mountain bikes to ride to Banff. Two adults + a 13 & 11 year old. Shortly after leaving Canmore we encountered a very aggressive cyclist who was screaming profanities at everyone he passed on the trail for being too slow or not moving over enough to the side to let him pass. He yelled at my 11 year old and then two older women who were walking their bikes up a steep hill. He was going well above the posted speed limits and was frankly a little unhinged. Maybe it was a bad luck of timing on our part, but just a warning for the casual cyclist— this trail is not for the faint of heart. Beware of the Tour de France wannabes who think they own the trail!
Written August 21, 2022
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claire t
Congleton, UK139 contributions
Aug. 2022 • Family
We used ebikes along the Legacy Trail, it took about 90 mins to Banff and about an hour on the way back to Canmore. A fully paved route, which is relatively flat but the ebikes made it easier on the few hills!
Written August 14, 2022
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Tholdr
5 contributions
Jun. 2022 • Couples
It’s a beautiful trail but really where is bike etiquette. There are so many uncaring cyclists that stop on the middle of the trail take pictures ride side by side. Get this you are not the only one on the trail. Move over ring your bell be safe. There are tons of accidents on this trail every year. Enjoy it ride it but please please be safe and considerate. Locals are afraid or don’t ride it due to the stupidity of others
Written July 31, 2022
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Lloyd B
Medicine Hat, Canada388 contributions
Jul. 2022 • Couples
My wife and I were looking for some vacation time in Canmore. We found legacy trail and thought it would be fun. It's fully paved and about 50km round trip. My wife is a beginner distance rider but completed the trip on a 26" mountain bike no problem. To Banff is the more difficult ride, coming back is mainly downhill with a prevailing wind at your back
Written July 24, 2022
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Helen R
Canmore, Canada168 contributions
Jun. 2022
I prefer it late afternoon/early evening when there are fewer riders. If one only wants to go one way, suggest take the bus and bike on Roam to Banff and ride back with the favourable Westerly. Bear spray recommended. Only one hill heading to Banff where some opt to walk up. Seeing more and more E-Bikes on this trail, but those with a throttle are supposedly not meant to be there.
Written July 2, 2022
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Adam K
Red Deer, Canada99 contributions
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 Plain123 contributions
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
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
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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