Lower Bankhead

Banff, Alberta

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Bankhead was a mining town built in 1904 by the Canadian Pacific Railway. The community quickly grew to a population of 900 (it was bigger than Banff at the time). A large industrial complex was built to sort the coal and make briquettes because the grade of coal was rather brittle. Most of the town’s residences were built in Upper Bankhead. The industrial complex and a few houses were located at Lower Bankhead. A worker’s strike and reduced demand for coal prompted the CPR to close mining operations in 1922. By 1925 the town ceased to exist. Displays with historic photographs located beside the pathway identify many important sites among the ruins of the industrial complex. A mining train of the period is also on display. If you leave the trail, be wary of hazards like partially hidden holes and loose debris among the ruins.

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"Bankhead was a mining town built in 1904 by the Canadian Pacific Railway. The community quickly grew to a population of 900 (it was bigger than Banff at the time). A large industrial complex was built to sort the coal and make briquettes because the grade of coal was rather brittle. Most of the town’s residences were built in Upper Bankhead.

The industrial complex and a few houses were located at Lower Bankhead. A worker’s strike and reduced demand for coal prompted the CPR to close mining operations in 1922. By 1925 the town ceased to exist. Displays with historic photographs located beside the pathway identify many important sites among the ruins of the industrial complex. A mining train of the period is also on display. If you leave the trail, be wary of hazards like partially hidden holes and loose debris among the ruins."

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Banff
Distance: 0.7
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 45 minutes
Season: Best in summer months
Local Contacts: Banff National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower Bankhead

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May 2018