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    Hiking trails in Alberta

    Hikes in Alberta

    Province in Canada

    The Canadian Province of Alberta is an outdoor-lovers paradise. World famous destinations like Jasper, Lake Louise, Waterton and Banff draw the crowds, and for good reason – they’re beautiful. Big mountains, stunning emerald coloured lakes, abundant glaciers, forests, game and fresh air make Alberta one of the best places for your upcoming holiday.

    With most of the accessible Rocky Mountains in Alberta protected by national and provincial parks, a holiday in Alberta is special. There are big mountains, stunning emerald coloured lakes, glaciers, forests and fresh air. Alberta has some of the best, untouched wilderness on earth, and the ideal way to explore this wonderful province is on foot, ski or bike.

    In winter, there are downhill ski areas, most famous are the ski resorts Sunshine Village and Lake Louise. Winter is not just about downhill skiing, there is also abundant xc-ski trails and exhilarating backcountry skiing options. Winter is also low season, and a trip to Alberta in winter means great hotel rates.

    Summer sees Alberta’s national parks fill up with eager outdoor explorers. Luckily there is just so much nature that you only notice the crowds in a few places, the rest of the Canadian Rockies stay peaceful and tranquil. While hiking is the most popular summer activity, you can also climb, bike, canoe and kayak.

    After a hard day outdoors, one of the best parts of Alberta are the great mountain towns. Full of everything from campsites to 5-star hotels, these towns allow you to enjoy some civilization, which means great coffee, good food and fun bars!

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      Open details for Mistaya Canyon

      Mistaya Canyon

      Very Easy
      1.8 km
      79 m
      0.5-1h

      Mistaya Canyon is a less frequented trail along the Icefields Parkway. Easily missed, this short yet unforgettable trail is a wonderful way to take a break when driving the scenic route between Banff and Jasper. It is an accessible and family-friendly loop that will make you feel like you are deep in the wilderness rather than steps from the car.

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      Open details for Peyto Glacier Hike

      Peyto Glacier Hike

      Hard
      10.9 km
      738 m
      4-5.5h

      The Peyto Glacier Hike follows the trail to Cauldron Lake, which is an optional side trip from the glacier. Although it starts at one of the most populated viewpoints on the Icefields Parkway, it quickly leaves the crowds behind. You will cross glacial creeks, climb glacial moraine, and get up close and personal with the incredible Peyto Glacier as peaks loom above.

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      Open details for Bow Summit

      Bow Summit

      Easy
      6.6 km
      313 m
      2-3h

      Bow Summit is a popular hike, but not as popular as its precursor, Peyto Lake viewpoint. You may feel discouraged when you see the crowds, but as you continue you will leave them behind. This is an excellent way to see glaciers, lakes, rivers and peaks from a height without a full-day excursion. This close-to-the-car trail is a great way for the entire family to stretch their legs along the Icefields Parkway.

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      Open details for Two Jack Lake Trail

      Two Jack Lake Trail

      Very Easy
      3.2 km
      184 m
      1-1.5h

      Hiking along the shore of Two Jack Lake in Banff National Park is the perfect add-on to a day spent exploring the Minnewanka Scenic Drive. This trail is accessible to everyone and features an excellent picnic area equipped with Banff’s famous red chairs.

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      Open details for Mirror Lake Trail

      Mirror Lake Trail

      Easy
      7.6 km
      433 m
      2.5-3.5h

      This heavily populated trail leads up from the Lake Louise Lakeshore to Mirror Lake. It is a small lake that boasts tranquility and other-worldly reflections of the Big Beehive that towers above. There are benches and flat areas to rest and enjoy the scenery.

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      Open details for Surprise Corner Hike

      Surprise Corner Hike

      Very Easy
      3.0 km
      60 m
      0.5-1h

      Surprise Corner is a viewpoint that can be reached by foot easily from downtown Banff! The trail connects the Bow River trail system to one of the most popular viewpoints in town. Surprise Corner is a stunning scenic stop while visiting Banff National Park.

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      Open details for Lake Louise Lakeshore

      Lake Louise Lakeshore

      Very Easy
      4.7 km
      101 m
      1-1.5h

      If you are making a stop to see the world-famous Lake Louise, you should take a side trip along its lakeshore to see what the lake has to offer. You’ll walk along the shore where the turquoise waters become a milky texture from the glacial rock silt that is turned up from the bottom of the lake. Continue past rock climbers, mountaineers, paddlers, and horses until you reach the impressive alluvial flats where the moraine and glacial stream meets the lake.

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      Open details for Cascade Falls Hike

      Cascade Falls Hike

      Easy
      1.4 km
      60 m
      0.5h

      The Cascade Falls hike follows an easy trail from a roadside parking lot. Enjoy the short route winding to Cascade Falls, where you can admire the rushing waterfall from up close!

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      Open details for Katherine Lake

      Katherine Lake

      Hard
      16.6 km
      840 m
      5-7.5h

      Hiking to Katherine Lake will take you beyond the famed Helen Lake through fields of wildflowers beneath gigantic peaks. It is a great way to extend your day through the incredible scenery the area has to offer. This is an excellent option for those looking for a longer day hike with lots of views.

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      Open details for Twin Lakes

      Twin Lakes

      Hard
      16.1 km
      1,158 m
      6-8.5h

      The Twin Lakes hike at the edge of Banff and Kootenay parks is an incredible trail that passes by four different lakes and gains elevation over the Bow Valley. This is an excellent trail for wildflower blooms and shows off its fall colours during larch season. It has many options to connect with other trails in the area to create a lengthy backpacking route.

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      Open details for Sulphur Mountain

      Sulphur Mountain

      Moderate
      10.1 km
      744 m
      4-5.5h

      The hike up Sulphur Mountain is a local’s favourite that is surprisingly skipped by visitors. The Banff Gondola is a distracting tourist destination that draws people in with its newly renovated summit building equipped with dining, viewing decks, and interpretive centre. Put your wallet away and head up the Sulphur Mountain trail to earn your summit views and save some cash.

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      Open details for Little Beehive Hike

      Little Beehive Hike

      Moderate
      9.0 km
      535 m
      3-4.5h

      Although the Little Beehive hike has its own destination, it begins at the world-famous Lake Louise. You’ll start the trail at the shores of the lake before winding through the forest towards Lake Agnes. After a few kilometres with elevation gain, Mirror Lake will appear before you with the Big Beehive looming above, creating the namesake mirror reflection on the lake. You have the option to stop at Lake Agnes and its historic teahouse before embarking on the final 0.8 km to the Little Beehive lookout.

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      Open details for Rockbound Lake Trail

      Rockbound Lake Trail

      Moderate
      17.5 km
      911 m
      5.5-8h

      Rockbound Lake trail is a less frequented trail along the Bow Valley Parkway in Banff National Park. It is the perfect route for hikers looking for something a little more demanding without any technical scrambling. Avoid the crowds from Johnston Canyon by heading to Rockbound Lake—you won’t be disappointed. Watch out for Marmots!

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      Open details for Castle Mountain Lookout

      Castle Mountain Lookout

      Moderate
      6.4 km
      558 m
      2.5-3.5h

      The Castle Lookout hike takes hikers up the frontside of the mountain, normally reserved for experienced climbers and scramblers. The clear trail winds through the forest, coming to an open viewpoint. You’ll be able to see into Kootenay National Park, B.C., from here, and all the way to Banff and Lake Louise. It is an excellent option for a half-day hike with minimal crowds.

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      Open details for Arnica Lake Hike

      Arnica Lake Hike

      Moderate
      12.9 km
      753 m
      4.5-6h

      Do yourself a favour and save this hike for wildflower season—as its name suggests—you won’t be disappointed. Pass by Vista Lake before ascending the steep climb towards Arnica Lake. As you gain elevation quickly, you’ll be gifted with views all around from castle junction. Babbling creeks and various trees make up this elevated trail to Arnica Lake, backed by a soaring, jacked rock wall.

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      Open details for Marsh Loop Trail

      Marsh Loop Trail

      Very Easy
      3.4 km
      102 m
      1h

      When visiting the Cave and Basin area, consider taking the public access Marsh Loop trail for incredible views of the valley. Many photographers visit this trail for wildlife viewing. Popular for birdwatchers, the Marsh Loop is a quick and easy trail in Banff National Park that the whole family can enjoy. Connect with Sundance Trail to Sundance Canyon or Cave and Basin Historic Site for a full day adventure!

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      Open details for Hector Lake Hike

      Hector Lake Hike

      Easy
      4.5 km
      107 m
      1-1.5h

      The hike to Hector Lake is usually taken on by those who have booked a campsite and are ready to spend a night or two at the stunning turquoise lake. A difficult river ford is required to access the lake, so staying the night makes it all worth it. Enjoy a quick descent from the Icefields Parkway to the valley floor before crossing the icy river to access Hector Lake.

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      Open details for Cascade Ponds Trail

      Cascade Ponds Trail

      Very Easy
      2.3 km
      88 m
      0.5-1h

      Cascade Ponds is commonly known as a day-use area where visitors can claim tables and firepits with space for activities, games, and swimming. A less-frequented trail loops around the area, providing an excellent way for the whole family to explore the area. Cascade Ponds hike is a great addition to a day at the rest area.

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      Open details for Mosquito Creek Hike

      Mosquito Creek Hike

      Easy
      10.0 km
      422 m
      3-4h

      Starting from Mosquito Creek Wilderness Hostel, this hike winds up the Mosquito Valley, providing occasional views of the grand Noseeum Mountain. It will lead hikers to the flowing Mosquito Creek, where a quaint backcountry campground is situated. This is a great rest stop for lunch as there are picnic tables and pit toilets.

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      Open details for Stewart Canyon

      Stewart Canyon

      Easy
      6.6 km
      257 m
      2-2.5h

      Stewart Canyon is a simple trail perfect for families looking to explore the Lake Minnewanka area without crowding around the boat docks. It winds through the forest leading to an unsuspecting canyon that will take your breath away.

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