Very close to Banff, likely very busy in Summer. A couple dozen pic-i-nick benches surround the ponds. In the winter there is lots of room for a XC ski or snowshoe. A lap around the lakes (ponds) and/or a starting point for other trails, the trailhead for the Cascade Ponds - Bankhead and Cascade Ponds - Watertower/Johnson Lake are here as well, and both are legal MTB trails.
From Calgary, drive West on Hiway 1 until the 1st entrance into Banff/Lake Minnewanka. Stay to the right (North) then take your first right into the well signed Cascade Ponds parking lot.
From Vancouver, drive until you hit Canmore then turn around and follow directions above.
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Posted By: Mastiff_Momma
- Wed Oct 21 17:42:01 UTC 2015
UpsideRight off highway and great spot for a BBQ with amazing views of Rundle & Cascade
Also great for a stop on your road trip with your dog around the ponds if traveling through the park or just arriving to Banff. DownsideThe floods have damaged the ponds and there isn't any water anymore. Wolf packs in area so please leash your dog and clean up food!