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The Banff area is a mecca for hiking enthusiasts. Trails abound everywhere, and there are some for all ages, durations, and levels of difficulty. Whether you are looking for a casual riverside stroll or some serious vertical elevation, you can definitely find a suitable trail in Banff National Park. Just find one of the many good hiking guidebooks available for the Canadian Rockies: try your local bookstores, or even the airport gift shop when you arrive in Calgary.


Most Banff hotels have trail maps and hiking information available. Check with the concierge desk for the latest information, including weather forecast, trail conditions, and any reports of animal activity (i.e., bears). Good sturdy shoes are a must for most outings. You should also dress warmly, since the air can be cool in the higher elevations.

While there are no formal plans for a WWW2007 hiking expedition, attendees are strongly encouraged to pursue as many outings as they can during their trip.

Here is a short list of trails that are in or near the Banff townsite. These are organized roughly by distance from the conference hotel.

Here are some more favourites, though you might need a car to get to them:

Graduate student Jean Cao at the University of Calgary has volunteered to be a point of contact for hiking-related questions. She can give you tips and recommendations on hikes, or help you link up with others who might also be interested in hiking before, after, or even during the conference. Feel free to get in touch with her.

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