Located southeast of Banff townsite near Lake Minnewanka, the Cascade Trail runs up the protected Cascade River Valley, a wildlife corridor for mountain lions and wolves. The first 14 km of this rolling fire road are nicely groomed for skate and classical skiing. The views of nearby peaks are breathtaking at every turn. This popular trail can get crowded daily by 10 a.m. so start early.
To reach the cross-country skiing trailhead from Banff, follow Banff Avenue east under the TransCanada Highway. Continue up a series of turns for several miles to the end of Lake Minnewanka Road and the trailhead parking area.
Looking for more adventure in the Lake Minnewanka area, then try the 8.2 km loop around Johnson Lake off Two Jack Road -- its got plenty of divesity with downhill runs and winding stretches. Or, check ou the Fourty Mile Creek Trail (8.9 km) starting from Lot 3 of Norquay Ski Area and heading towards Mystic Lake.
Overall, Cascade Trail is the 25th most popular cross country ski area of all 35 Nordic ski destinations in Alberta. Several of the better cross country ski trails are nearby Cascade Trail including Skoki Trails, Telemark Loop, Fairview Loop, Sundance Canyon Trail, Pipestone / Whitehorn Loops and Shadow Lake Trails.
Local Contacts: BNP (403) 762-1550; Banff Tourism (403) 762-8421; Alberta Visitors (800) 661-8888; Alberta Cross Country Assoc. (403) 453-8620; Mountain Majic, Banff (403) 762-2591; Avalanche Update (403) 762-1470; Gem Trek Recreation Map #5 (403) 932-4893.
Best Season: Jan. - Mar.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Base Camp: Hostel International (403) 762-4122; Buffalo Lodge 762-2400; Brewster Lodge 762-2900; Ptarmigan Inn
Luxury Loding: Banff Springs Hotel; Caribou Mountain Lodge
Breakfast Restaurant: Melissa's
Reference Source: click here http://www.pc.gc.ca/
Date Published: 1/1/2016
Date Updated: 8/1/2016
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