Picnic tables at Upper Bankhead

Upper Bankhead

Near Banff, Alberta, Canada
Picnic table Picnic shelter Primitive (unplumbed) washrooms
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Created by Sean on June 1, 2022, 2:37 p.m.
Updated by Sean on June 1, 2022, 2:42 p.m.


Before Banff was a national park, Bankhead was a coal mining town nestled between the Bow River and Lake Minnewanka. The coal mine didn't last long, but traces of the ghost town linger in the forest to this day.

The Upper Bankhead picnic area is located on the former townsite and if you head into the woods a bit you can find the foundations of the buildings from the old town.

The picnic site itself has a good number of picnic tables (although some are partially hidden in the woods to the west), a picnic shelter, and an outhouse. The site is also popular since it serves as a trailhead for the Cascade trail and C-Level Cirque trail.

Picnic tables at Upper Bankhead
Hiking trail at Upper Bankhead
Ruins of the former townsite at Upper Bankhead
Picnic shelter (exterior) at Upper Bankhead

Location and reservations

Open seasonally
Admission fee
Not available

Picnic facilities

  • Picnic table Picnic table
  • Picnic shelter Picnic shelter
  • Primitive (unplumbed) washrooms Primitive (unplumbed) washrooms

Other amenities

  • Historic monument Historic monument
  • Hiking trail Hiking trail