Stewart Canyon

Banff, Alberta

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Named for George Stewart, first superintendent of Canada’s first national park, Stewart Canyon was one of Lake Minnewanka’s main attractions in Banff’s early days. Much of Stewart Canyon has lain under water since Lake Minnewanka was dammed, raising the level of the lake by 25 metres. The canyon that you see is shallow compared to Johnston’s Canyon or even Sundance Canyon. The main attraction today is the Cascade River. Don’t expect great mountain views. The trail is level for 1.6 km to the canyon at the Cascade River bridge. After crossing the bridge, the Stewart Canyon Trail separates from the Lake Minnewanka Trail and continues up the Cascade River to km 2.8.
Short Walks Near Banff

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Short Walks Near Banff

by Don Beers (Rocky Mountain Books)

Named for George Stewart, first superintendent of Canada’s first national park, Stewart Canyon was one of Lake Minnewanka’s main attractions in Banff’s early days. Much of Stewart Canyon has lain under water since Lake Minnewanka was dammed, raising the level of the lake by 25 metres. The canyon that you see is shallow compared to Johnston’s Canyon or even Sundance Canyon.

The main attraction today is the Cascade River. Don’t expect great mountain views. The trail is level for 1.6 km to the canyon at the Cascade River bridge. After crossing the bridge, the Stewart Canyon Trail separates from the Lake Minnewanka Trail and continues up the Cascade River to km 2.8.

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

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Banff
Distance: 1.7
Elevation Gain: 65 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Best in summer months
Local Contacts: Banff National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Stewart Canyon

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May 2018