Distance: 3.5 km (one-way)
Time: 45 min – 1.5 hrs (return)
Elevation Gain: 97 m
Elevation Loss: 16 m
Technical Rating: Beginner
Physical Rating: Easy
Season: May – October
Permit Required: Yes (Park Pass)
The Sundance Trail is a great ride for families with kids and bike trailers wanting to explore the area near the Banff town site. An out-and-back trail with little elevation gain and fabulous scenery, the trail ends at the Sundance Canyon picnic area. From there you can explore the lovely creek-side hiking trail taking you up and into the canyon. Sundance also provides access to Healy Creek trail, which may be combined with Sundance if you’re looking to get off the paved pathway and onto some doubletrack.
Sundance is a wide paved pathway leaving the Cave and Basin and taking the rider all the way to the picnic area near the Canyon. It is a very popular trail among all users, including hikers and equestrians, and sees a lot of use during the summer months. With the reopening of the Cave and Basin in the spring of 2013, after a three-year long and $13.8 million renovation, access to Sundance trail is once again achieved right from the National Historic Site. No longer will you have to ride the first few kilometres of Horse Trail to access this family-friendly ride.
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The trailhead is located at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, a short pedal or quick drive from Banff Avenue. Take Banff Avenue across the bridge to Cave Avenue. Turn right on Cave and follow it down to the Cave and Basin parking lot. From the parking lot, ride the pathway to the Cave and Basin. Continue to the back of the Cave and Basin, along the paved pathway to where the trailhead for Sundance is well marked.
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The Sundance trail may be combined with Healy Creek, also an out and back trail. Healy Creek ends at Sunshine Road, near the Trans Canada Hwy 1. You can ride Hwy 1 for a short period to connect to the Banff Legacy Trail near the 1A and return via Banff Legacy. Please be extremely cautious when traveling back along Hwy 1 – Trans Canada – as it is a very busy highway; especially in the summer months.