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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 Athabasca Falls

      Athabasca Falls

      Very Easy
      1.5 km
      25 m
      0.5h

      A walk along Athabasca Falls in Jasper National Park is a great family-friendly hike. See one of the most powerful and spectacular waterfalls in Jasper as well as get great views along the Athabasca River.

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      9.7
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      Open details for Edith and Cory Pass Circuit

      Edith and Cory Pass Circuit

      Hard
      14.3 km
      1,075 m
      5.5-7.5h

      This incredible hike through Edith and Cory Passes is the most varied hike close to Banff. This circuit takes in a number of different micro ecosystems – from a steep and dry ridge, to an arid pass, back through a lush forest. Be aware of some modest scrambling sections (both up and down) on the approach to Cory Pass.

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      9.6
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      Intermediate (Square)
      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
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      Suitable for advanced experience level looking for a solid adventure.
      Open details for Vision Quest Ridge Trail

      Vision Quest Ridge Trail

      Hard
      4.1 km
      700 m
      2.5-3.5h

      The Vision Quest Ridge hike near David Thompson Hwy is a short challenging hike. The trail up is quite steep, but the views once you go above the treeline are breathtaking! This trail also leads to the site that is believed to have held a spiritual meaning to former inhabitants of the surrounding areas.

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      Open details for Wood Bison Trail

      Wood Bison Trail

      Moderate
      15.9 km
      171 m
      3.5-4.5h

      The Wood Bison Trail is true to its name and offers the only chance to spot wood bison in the national park. It is a 15.9 km circuit that is popular with hikers and mountain bikers. The trail circles around the plains reaching Flyingshot Lake which offers memorable views of the surrounding area. This hike is a must-do for wildlife viewing.

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      Open details for William Hawrelak Park Riverside trail

      William Hawrelak Park Riverside trail

      Moderate
      4.7 km
      70 m
      1-1.5h

      Spending a few hours exploring Edmonton’s south central green space on the William Hawrelak Park Riverside Trail is a great way to take in some nature in the city. The trail travels alongside the North Saskatchewan River and through the park that is popular for picnicking, golf, events, and other recreational activities. The park is open year-round and the trail is easy to complete even in the brisk winter months.

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      Open details for Wall Lake

      Wall Lake

      Easy
      10.4 km
      122 m
      2-3h

      We love the hike Wall Lake in Waterton. This beautiful alpine lake has incredible towering headwalls that are so high you’ll cramp your neck to see the top. A trail runs along the shore and offers many peaceful lunch spots where you can enjoy the view or try some fishing.

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      9.9
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      Open details for Rawson Lake

      Rawson Lake

      Easy
      7.8 km
      320 m
      2.5-3h

      The hike to Rawson Lake is one of the most popular in the Kananaskis Lakes area. It’s a pleasant path through the forest up to Rawson Lake, but the hike around the side of the water’s edgeis what truly makes this a spectacular hike.

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      9.8
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      Open details for Bow Glacier Falls

      Bow Glacier Falls

      Easy
      8.4 km
      155 m
      2-2.5h

      The hike to Bow Glacier Falls is exquisite. We love the hike along Bow Lake, however hiking up to Bow Glacier Falls provides enormous and wonderful views.

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      9.8
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      Easy (Circle)
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      Open details for Buller Pass

      Buller Pass

      Moderate
      14.6 km
      685 m
      4.5-6.5h

      The hike to Buller Pass is one of the most spectacular in Canmore. It’s perfect for intermediate hikers, and despite the region still recovering from a forest fire, there are beautiful views and wildflowers throughout the trail. Once above treeline enjoy stunning views all the way to the pass!

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      9.8
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      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
      Open details for Main Street, Bow River and the Rail Bridge

      Main Street, Bow River and the Rail Bridge

      Very Easy
      3.7 km
      25 m
      0.5-1h

      This is one of Canmore’s best family-friendly walks, and a great hike to introduce somebody to Canmore! Starting along Main Street you then walk down to the Bow River and then along the Spur Line Trail. Here you cross the Bow River on the historic Canmore Engine Bridge and then walk along the Bow River, eventually reaching Riverside Park. This is a family-favorite hike you’ll do again and again!

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      9.7
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      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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      Open details for Hayburger Trail

      Hayburger Trail

      Moderate
      11.9 km
      141 m
      2.5-3.5h

      The gentle and relaxing Hayburger trail in Elk Island National Park is a great half day hike for families. The simple terrain is easy to follow as hikers make their way through marshes and meadows great for bird watching. Enjoy this quiet trail in the centre of the park.

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      Open details for Gold Bar Park Loop

      Gold Bar Park Loop

      Very Easy
      1.8 km
      27 m
      0.5h

      The Gold Bar Park Loop is a straightforward trail in Edmonton. It is located in a great green space within the city and makes for an excellent spot to get fresh air and enjoy the North Saskatchewan River. Head here for a picnic and an easy walk that will take you a few hours.

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      Open details for Peyto Lake Hike

      Peyto Lake Hike

      Very Easy
      2.6 km
      80 m
      0.5-1h

      The hike to the stunning Peyto Lake should be on every Rocky Mountains itinerary. This Peyto Lake Viewpoint hike offers one of the finest views of Peyto Lake on an accessible, family-friendly hike. While the main viewpoint is crowded, make sure to visit the second one, which is often deserted.

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      10.0
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      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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      Open details for Eagle Hill Trail

      Eagle Hill Trail

      Moderate
      14.2 km
      453 m
      4-5.5h

      The Eagle Hill trail climbs the foothills of Kananaskis Country to reach a ridge that looks out into the Prairies. It is an easy-to-follow, gradual trail that is the perfect day trip from Sibbald Lake Campground. There are no technical sections on this trail, making it excellent for hikers of various abilities.

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      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
      Open details for Windtower

      Windtower

      Hard
      10.7 km
      1,005 m
      4.5-6.5h

      A hike up Windtower is an underappreciated gem of the Canadian Rockies. First take in West Wind pass and then find the path up Windtower for spectacular views in all directions, especially back towards the Spray Lakes Reservoir. Windtower is one of our favourite hikes in the Kananaskis.

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      9.8
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      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
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      Open details for Red Rock Canyon Hike and Blakiston Falls

      Red Rock Canyon Hike and Blakiston Falls

      Very Easy
      2.7 km
      20 m
      0.5h

      Hiking Red Rock Canyon treats hikers to spectacular layered, red canyon walls, flowing water, and surrounding mountain views. Explore the canyon, dip your feet in the watern and bask in the beauty of the impressive Blakiston Falls hike. This is the best way to introduce you to Waterton Park at a leisurely pace.

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      9.7
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      Easy (Circle)
      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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      Easy (Circle)
      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
      Open details for Lady MacDonald Tea House

      Lady MacDonald Tea House

      Moderate
      9.2 km
      905 m
      4-6h

      Hiking to the Lady MacDonald Tea House is a great hike in Canmore, but beware, you won’t get a Tea House, as it was never built. The Lady MacDonald Teahouse Trail gives great views of Canmore and has wonderful views almost the entire way.

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      9.5
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      Open details for Allstones Ridge and Lake Hike

      Allstones Ridge and Lake Hike

      Moderate
      8.7 km
      896 m
      4-5.5h

      Allstones Ridge and Lake hike near David Thompson Highway is a bucket-list trail that leads to the calm Allstones Lake with lots of space for camping and a possibility to hike to the Allstones Peak just nearby. The trail is relatively short, but most of the scramble is quite steep hiking. At around half of the climb to the lake, you’ll be greeted by stunning views of the surrounding valleys and mountains and this view will lead you all the way to the top.

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      Open details for Astotin Lakeview Trail

      Astotin Lakeview Trail

      Easy
      3.7 km
      47 m
      1h

      From the campground, the Astotin Lakeview trail follows an interpretive route through marshes and beaver ponds to panoramic views of the lake. If you are staying at the campground or stopping for the day, this is a bucket list trail in the area. It is quick and easy to complete and provides excellent views of the lake and its landmark islands.

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      Open details for Beaumaris Lake Trail

      Beaumaris Lake Trail

      Easy
      2.7 km
      31 m
      0.5-1h

      The Beaumaris Lake Trail in Edmonton is another short and simple trail in the city. If you find yourself near the park, definitely consider stopping in. It is close to many restaurants and amenities and is easy to access. The trail is a short loop around the park that features a stunning lake.

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