Fenland Trail is an easy going, very level and well maintained walking trail in the Village of Banff, Alberta, Canada in the Banff National Park. Fenland is a nature trail and picnic area destination located in a wetland environment called a fen.
A fen is a wetland marsh feed primarily by groundwater. It is a natural sanctuary for plants to thrive like sedges, moss and cat tails; trees like aspen, white spruce and poplar and wildlife like birds, elk and deer.
The Fenland Trail in Banff National Park is a 2 kilometre loop trail which follows a wide, dirt path along the banks of 40 Mile Creek. The creek links up with the Vermillion Lakes and to the Bow River. The waterway network creates some great paddle routes.
Most of the route is under a canopy of trees. Along the trail are viewpoints and viewing benches. Birdwatching is enjoyed along the trail and, sometimes even a canoe will paddle by.
This Banff National Park trail is an interpretive path with interpretive brochures available in the community and, sometimes, at the trailhead. The brochure describes the natural habitat. It should take no longer than 1/2 an hour to an hour to complete the Fenland Trail.
In the parking lot and at the trailhead of the trail are some picnic tables and grass lawns on the banks of 40 Mile Creek. Some picnic areas are shaded under trees, some are hidden in trees and some are out in the open.
Banff, Alberta Canada