Hiking

A Whole New World to Discover

Mt Norquay also serves as the trailhead for two of Banff’s most popular day hikes. Break away from the crowds and immerse yourself in an authentic Banff National Park experience.

Cascade Amphitheatre

Distance: 15.4 km return

Elevation Gain: 640m

Time Required: 4-6 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

Trailhead: Mt Norquay main car park

The hike begins at the Mt. Norquay ski area, crosses a bridge over Forty Mile Creek, and then zigzags its way through the dense forest to Cascade Amphitheatre. As you emerge into the amphitheater, impressively enclosed by limestone cliffs, keep your eyes out for wildflowers.

Adventurous hikers can make a full day trip of it and, with adequate preparation, tackle the summit of Cascade Mountain.

The summit of Cascade Mountain sits 9,836 feet above sea level, if reaching the top appeals to you, make sure you check out Parks Canada guide to scrambling Cascade Mountain:

Stoney Squaw Mountain

Distance: 4.2 km return

Elevation Gain: 190m

Time Required: 2 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

Trailhead: Mt Norquay main car park

Hike through a beautiful lodgepole pine and spruce tree forest for a unique view of Cascade Mountain and peaks of the Fairholme Range. During the ascent, hikers are treated to unique views of Banff, Vermilion Lakes and surrounding mountain ranges. This trail is also popular with mountain bikers.

Tips For Hiking

  • Never hike alone
  • Be prepared. Mountain weather changes frequently and suddenly so carry extra clothing
  • Observe all closures. Stay on marked trails to avoid damage to the alpine ecosystem
  • Steep slopes, snow and ice fields are very dangerous. You may encounter various hazards such as cliffs, glaciers, crevasses, rock falls, avalanches and unstable surfaces
  • Treat all wildlife with caution. Do not feed or approach bears! Although bear encounters are rare, take precautions and carry bear spray with you while hiking. Bear spray is available for purchase at North American Lodge.
  • Carry water, food, sunscreen and a watch.
  • Fires and camping are not allowed.

The Mt Norquay’s shuttle service is free to all, including hikers.

Residing in The Banff National Park, we aim to protect the habitat and wildlife that makes your visit so special. For this reason, we provide a free return shuttle service from Banff for Norquay guests and hikers looking to explore the trailheads around the ski resort.