Of the countless hiking trails in Canada, the coolest one you can explore lies in a place you might not expect — atop a 7,486-foot tall mountain.
Sulphur Mountain is a popular destination for adventurers in Banff, Alberta. Named after two century-old natural hot springs found along the slopes near its base, the mountain offers the best views of the Albertan landscape. At its summit, hikers will be treated to awesome sights of the Canadian Rockies, the Bow Valley and the town of Banff.
Most visitors ride the Banff Gondola to the top of the mountain, which climbs 2,292 feet within eight minutes. Restaurants, observation decks, interpretive boardwalks and hiking trails can all be found at the summit ridge, so there's something for everyone, even those who aren't avid hikers.
But if you are, you can always choose to hike all the way to the top via the Sulphur Mountain trail. It's a moderate hike that switchbacks along the side of the mountain towards the summit ridge.
To get to the very top, known as Sanson's Peak, you'll have to hike along a one-kilometre interpretive boardwalk which leads to the historic Cosmic Ray Station and old Weather Station. Make your way back down via the Banff Gondola to give your legs a break.
Once back at the bottom, you can then relax in the only hot springs pool at Banff National Park. The naturally heated mineral water is said to have existed for over a hundred years, so you'll literally be bathing in history.
For more information, visit the Banff Lake Louise website.