Trail Running in the Canadian Rockies

It’s not too early to start dreaming of summer mountain running, right? This isn’t the weather to be trying it out in for sure, but come May, I’ll be searching for some wilderness.

I happened across this website listing the best trail runs in Banff and area. Trail Running in the Canadian Rockies:


Out of the 12 most epic trail runs they list, I’ve been on 5 of them in the last 3 summers. They truly are amazing. It helps when they are four national parks only an hour or two from home (Banff National Park, Jasper, Kootenay, and Yoho).

Highline Trail – Run 2013

Goat Creek Trail – Run 2013

Stanley Glacier – Hiked 2013

Valley of the Five Lakes – Hiked 2014

Athabasca River Trail – Run 2014

Of course the conditions they list and the pictures they show are of running in July and August. Anything outside of the middle of summer can be pretty sketchy for weather. And don’t forget the bear spray. Bear spray never goes on sale, so you might as well stock up now. Prep for that amazing summer of running in the mountains.

I feel pretty lucky to be able to get out to Banff. Even my family joins me on a few of the trails once in a while.

Dog Lake
Dog Lake, Kootenay National Park, 2014
Floe Lake Trail
Numa Pass Trail to Floe Lake, 2014
Floe Lake
Floe Lake, Kootenay National Park, 2014

Check out the full list of epic runs in Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho National Parks, and plan a holiday. Never too early to plan a holiday to the mountains.

I’ll be back next summer as I train to do a lot more vertical than I’m used to.

More posts (and PHOTOS!!) of the trails in the Rockies: 

Elbow River, Bragg Creek

Heart Creek Falls

Cougar Creek, Canmore

Kananaskis, Bragg Creek

Sunrise in the Rockies

 Ever run in Banff? Which trails did you do?

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