This is a terrific hike you can easily do from Banff town
or you take a shortcut and drive up to the Cave & Basin
visitor center, park and walk the trail. The visitor
center is off Cave Avenue west of the bridge on Banff Avenue.
A boardwalk starts you off crossing a tiny
stream which is fed by Sulfur Mountains hot springs further
up the hill. The boardwalk will accompany your feet
to lookout on the marsh's edge. The warm waters here
convince a bevy on animals to spend the winter who might
otherwise travel south or hibernate. Robins, blackbirds,
teals, killdeer, Clarks Nuthatchers, bluejays, kinglets
and yellowthroats all thrive here. The trail loops back
to the Cave & Basin visitor center in time for you to
consider another Banff area hike?