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Address: Cave & Basin National Historic Site parking lot, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Nice break from the touristy Banff

The trail is just a block away from downtown Banff and miles apart in experience. It is a short hike, but you could link up with the trail around Vermillion Lake. The trail is... read more

Reviewed 28 December 2016
Cedric T T
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Richmond
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Cochrane
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great little walk. Easily accessible. Educational. Good for children and elderly. Lots of interesting birds.

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Manitoba, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

What a difference a season would make. This is an easy trail with no difficulties. Not bad in the winter but the Bow River would be more impressive if it isn't frozen over. Not a criticism as it is winter after all! Just thinking the view would be that much better if it were summer.

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Richmond
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176 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016

The trail is just a block away from downtown Banff and miles apart in experience. It is a short hike, but you could link up with the trail around Vermillion Lake. The trail is well tended and clearly marked. Takes about 30 minutes to do the loop. A few photo ops along the way too. We got there right after... More 

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Lethbridge, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016

Marsh trail starts just below Cave and Basin parking lot. Trail goes out towards bow river at start. Mix of marsh and woodland. Trail was rutted where used by horses and could be muddy if wet but was dry and snow covered when we walked it. Joins up at far end with the Sundance trail with a wide paved pathway... More 

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Stromstad, Sweden
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54 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

Sharing the trail is wishful thinking on the loop. Picking the right shoes for this easy walk is essential.You'lll be zizzagging brtween heaps of horse droppings, so that if you need some manure for your garden, pack a small shovel and a sturdy bag! It is beyond me why the authorities in charge can't decide that horses would use one... More 

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Thank nordlysMH
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19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

A beautiful walk that took us along the Bow River and through the valley. A little muddy but that was to be expected. Otherwise a beautiful walk and beautiful scenery.

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Thank Kyra B
Munich, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is an easy trail which offers beautiful views of the mountains and the river BUT... since horses also use it, you will encounter lots of mud and manure along the way. The nice thing is that it's not one of the most popular trails around Banff and you will probably not encounter any bus groups here.

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60 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016

This was one of my favorite because of the view of the mountains and their reflection on the water. Watch out for all the mud and horse poop but it is worth it for sure.

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Thank Negin H
Bury, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

didn't see a thing, nice scenary but not much to make up for the lovely smell of horses for most of the shared trail.

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Thank 2timbos
Chula Vista, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

The Marsh Loop Trail is an easy trail that starts and finishes at Cave and Basin National Historic Site. It’s a 2.3 km loop with half of it being a paved trail, the other half dirt. The half that’s paved is easily accessible for families with strollers, the second half is a shared trail with horses. The shared trail isn’t... More 

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