Copper Lake and Smith Lake

Banff, Alberta

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A 0.9 km level trail leads to Copper Lake, which has superb views of Castle Mountain. Smith Lake is named for legendary prospector Joe Smith who arrived at nearby Silver City in 1882 and remained as a squatter more than 50 years after Silver City became a ghost town. From Smith Lake, you see Copper Mountain (named after copper mines in the Silver City era). The hike to Smith Lake is 1.6 km. If you circle the lake by a faint, rough 1 km-long fisherman’s path, you see Castle Mountain.
Short Walks Near Banff

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Short Walks Near Banff

by Don Beers (Rocky Mountain Books)

A 0.9 km level trail leads to Copper Lake, which has superb views of Castle Mountain. Smith Lake is named for legendary prospector Joe Smith who arrived at nearby Silver City in 1882 and remained as a squatter more than 50 years after Silver City became a ghost town.

From Smith Lake, you see Copper Mountain (named after copper mines in the Silver City era). The hike to Smith Lake is 1.6 km. If you circle the lake by a faint, rough 1 km-long fisherman’s path, you see Castle Mountain.

©  Don Beers/Rocky Mountain Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Banff
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Best in summer months
Local Contacts: Banff National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Copper Lake and Smith Lake

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May 2018