Bankhead Ghost Town
Bankhead Ghost Town
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karol452
Edmonton, Canada1,005 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
You will need a car to get to Bankhead because Roam transit does not stop here. Bankhead is on the road to Lake Minnewanka. The path goes is a loop. Along the loop there are information stands about Bankhead. There are also some other buildings and old equipment. Bankhead was an old mining town. This is an easy small hike. Bankhead was not crowded when we went. Bankhead gives a person an insight to the past.
Written 21 August 2021
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SeniorTravelerTF
Fort Atkinson1,192 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
An easy trail that leads through the former mining town of Lower Bankhead. Outstanding descriptive signs along the way tell about the mining, town and the people. Machinery, buildings, slag heaps, pits all left over from the town give it a haunting feeling that echoes the activity of years ago. The most informative and educational trail I took in two weeks in the four national parks in the Canadian Rockies.
Written 13 November 2023
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Johnny H.
Manassas, VA342 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
I was so happy to find this on the map when I was looking for things to do in the Banff area. The hike is short from the parking area and is a simple loop through the ghost town. There are many examples of the old mining equipment used for coal extraction, which is very interesting to see.
One of my favorite things is all the wild rutabaga growing, which is left over from when the Chinese laborers lived in the area.
Written 16 July 2022
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Lara_M1
london114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Couples
We went to bankhead on the way back from visiting Lake Minnewanka.
We knew it would be a deserted old town where the miners lived and worked, but we were surprised to see so many untouched things since the place was abandoned years ago.
We were the only ones there, which made it even more eerie and special ( except for the animals which walked freely around us). The place has a sad history to it but is very interesting to see and experience.
Written 29 May 2013
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ciarajayne
Banff, Canada4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Best time to go is in Winter from Cascade ponds after a snow fall! It magical : )
Written 25 February 2012
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Christina
New Brunswick, Canada99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Family
We have done this hike a number of times leaving from across from Cascade Ponds to Lower Bankhead, around the town then back out again. The trail head can be hard to find and you have to cross a dry river bed. Otherwise, it is an easy walk that is stroller and strider friendly. There is lots to see as items have been discarded along the trail. The town itself is full of history and even has an old train for kids to climb on. Fall is a great time to see the leaves change in the area.
Written 10 September 2017
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Mitchmo1
Fontana, CA65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Family
Bankhead is divided in two sections: upper and lower.

The upper part is the remains of the old town and there are lots of artifacts laying around if you take the time to look. There is not a defined trail through the town site. Just tread gently and be sure to take only pictures! There is also a nice picnic area too!

The lower section is where the stamp mill was. There is a well defined trail and lots to look at.
Written 3 June 2015
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veebee54
Ipswich, UK148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Abandoned coal mining town which takes you back in time to when this was a thriving local community. Although you have to use your imagination there are plenty of relics from the past plus photos and signage. It's abit unkempt and could do with a bit of attention and better information on the people who lived there, however it makes for a good trail in itself but the bonus is the past history you are walking though.
Written 28 July 2019
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Mueller85
Oklahoma City, OK80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
This place seems to be relatively unknown, yet it is extremely interesting. Abandoned mining town with insightful history. It's a fun experience, something that should be ranked higher on the list of things to do in Banff. And it's free!
Written 16 February 2019
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188petere
Brisbane, Australia1,631 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
We were told about this when doing our Lake cruise so decided t have a look whilst in the area.

It is close to the road with a small carpark but not many visitors. There is an easily accessed lookout over the area although there isn't many buildings remaining. There is a short walk (some steps) along a pathway that takes you through the remaining ruins which are well signposted explaining their role in the mining village.

The history is pretty amazing & was the hour or so we spent - not sure I would make a special trip there to see it.
Written 23 June 2019
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