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Trails Master Plan Projects

The Town of Banff is collecting public feedback on the following proposals. After reviewing the proposals, submit your feedback in the comment box below, or through this link.

Trails Master Plan Action 19: Tunnel Mountain Road is a popular route for visitors and employees of area hotels, campgrounds, and it is the main access from town to a network of mountain biking trails. It has had a dedicated lane (protected mainly by spaced bollards) for many years on the downhill shoulder for pedestrians, and painted sharrow markings in both directions for cyclists.

The current proposal is to narrow the painted driving lanes slightly, from approximately 3.75m to 3.3m, and repair the asphalt shoulder drainage, in order to create a new 1.5m painted cyclist lane from approximately the 400 block of Otter Street to the intersection of Hidden Ridge Way. On the downhill, cyclists would be expected to mix with vehicles, as is currently the case.

On-street vehicle parking would not be impacted by this proposal.
Action 19

Trails Master Plan Action 20A: Buffalo Street is a popular route for visitors and Banff Centre staff/patrons. It has had a narrow dedicated (by paint) shoulder lane for years, mainly for pedestrians.

The current proposal is to narrow the painted driving lanes slightly from approximately 3.5m to 3.0m in order to create a wider (1.27m – 1.84m) multi-use pedestrian/bike lane from the cemetery up to Surprise Corner. Downhill, cyclists would be expected to mix with vehicles, as is currently the case.
Trails Master Plan Action 20A
Locations of Proposed On-Road Improvements 
Proposed On-Road Lane Improvement Locations

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Trail Network

Banff has a vast network of trails throughout the town and national park. The following is a list of trails within a walking distance of the townsite or easily accessible by Roam Public Transit. Download a copy of the Banff Trails Map (PDF).

Trails MapHiking Near Banff Townsite

Trails in Lake Minnewanka Area and Beyond

Check Parks Canada's Trail Conditions Report before heading out and Important Bulletins about area closures.

Trails Master Plan
The Trails Master Plan will be used to help guide the development of trails and trail maintenance in the Town of Banff for the next 10 years. Adopted by council on February 23, 2015, the intention of the plan is to help the town create a more robust trails network to support recreational uses, visitor experience and a more sustainable active transportation system.

Download a copy of the Trails Master Plan (PDF)