There are many hiking options in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada near Cascade Ponds.
But first, a very nice rainbow in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, enriches the day.
The east entrance to Banff National Park is just a few kilometers west past Canmore, Alberta. There is an entrance fee for stopping in the park.
Most local residents purchase an annual pass each year as frequent visitors to a number of National Parks in Canada will save bundles. Annual pass discounts are available for Campers Village customers.
Another few kilometers of driving west along the base of Mount Rundle approaches massive Cascade Mountain with its distinctive, thin ribbon of cascading water flowing hundreds of meters down the sheer east face.
The first Town of Banff exit to Lake Minnewanka heads north a very short distance past a Texas Gate, to a small parking area on the left.
The short hike into the base of Cascade Waterfall (½ kilometer: 50 meters elevation or ¹⁄₃ miles: 165 feet elevation) crosses the Banff Airstrip, on very civilized crushed stone trail and, on this day, includes a wonderful wildlife viewing opportunity.
The constant trail grade hosts one area of downed trees caused by a late season avalanche from the sheer, vertical cliffs overhead.
Back at the trail-head, the short distance into Cascade Ponds offers a pleasant refuge an hours drive west of Calgary in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.
There is a real opportunity here to visit a place with easy, convenient access where light hiking or cycling, combined with a picnic in the mountains provide lots of fresh air, exercise and relaxation. Cascade Ponds offer a very beautiful place for a walk and inspirational conversation.
An easy 2.5 kilometer (1⅝ mile) relatively flat hike along the Cascade River links Cascade Ponds with Lower Bankhead. Combined with a summer day picnic and a dip in the ponds there is significant potential for a memorable and relaxing day.