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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 Emily Murphy Park Trail

      Emily Murphy Park Trail

      Very Easy
      2.3 km
      29 m
      0.5h

      The Emily Murphy Park trail begins at the statue memorializing Emily Murphy, a prominent activist from Edmonton. The trail travels through the park, over the bridge crossing the North Saskatchewan River, and back to the park. There are plenty of picnic areas, green space, and even a boat launch at this park to make adding extra activities here simple.

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      Open details for Glenbow Ranch

      Glenbow Ranch

      Easy
      9.4 km
      94 m
      2-2.5h

      Discover the rolling fescue grasslands at Glenbow Ranch, an active cattle ranch set against breathtaking vistas where you could spot the occasional cowboy or two. This underrated destination offers shorter and longer trail routes and is a great place to explore year-round.

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      Open details for Nigel Pass

      Nigel Pass

      Moderate
      16.0 km
      376 m
      4-5.5h

      Hiking to Nigel Pass is a rewarding day hike in the Columbia Icefield area. Nigel Pass is an open meadow with spectacular views into the backcountry of Jasper National Park. This hike is a great trail near the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre.

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      9.9
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      Easy (Circle)
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      Bow River Trail

      Very Easy
      11.8 km
      60 m
      2.5-3h

      Walking along the Bow River is one of the best family-friendly trails in Canmore, and a great way to explore the Bow Valley and Bow River. Start in Downtown Canmore and wander up or down river, with great views and a fine path. Great hike for those with strollers.

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      9.8
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      Easy (Circle)
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      Open details for Opal Ridge

      Opal Ridge

      Hard
      6.3 km
      900 m
      3.5-5h

      The hike along Opal Ridge is a wonderful hike. This steep hike requires the use of hands to steady you on the way up to Opal Ridge, however the views from the top are spectacular. We love the hike to Opal Ridge.

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      9.8
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      Easy (Circle)
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      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
      Open details for Maligne Canyon

      Maligne Canyon

      Very Easy
      3.9 km
      140 m
      1-1.5h

      The Maligne Canyon walk explores the finest limestone gorge in Jasper National Park. This is a great family-friendly hike that provides great views of the mountains and the incredible canyon geology.

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      9.6
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      Easy (Circle)
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      Open details for Crandell Lake

      Crandell Lake

      Very Easy
      3.2 km
      75 m
      1h

      The Crandell Lake hike takes you to a beautiful emerald green lake. It offers an inviting place to climb, play, hike, or picnic. You can loop around the entire lake, spend time climbing the rocky crags, sunbathe on the smooth shoreline boulders, or prepare a picnic under the shelter at the beach. This is a wonderful destination for the family.

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      9.5
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      Easy (Circle)
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      Open details for Hermitage Park South Trail

      Hermitage Park South Trail

      Easy
      2.6 km
      55 m
      0.5-1h

      Hiking along the Hermitage Park South Trail in Edmonton is an easy way to get outside. The centrally located park is connected to other parks via gravel and covered trails. You’ll pass the Pillar of Love memorial statue, picnic areas, boat launches, and a populated wildlife area.

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      Open details for Cameron Lakes

      Cameron Lakes

      Very Easy
      3.5 km
      14 m
      0.5-1h

      The Cameron Lake Hike is a wonderful, scenic stroll for a warm summer day. With constant views of the lake, beach, and Mount Custer at nearly every point of this beautiful, easy shoreline walk, this is pure nirvana.

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      Open details for Sunshine Meadows Hike

      Sunshine Meadows Hike

      Easy
      7.6 km
      175 m
      2-2.5h

      The Sunshine Meadows hike is the easiest way to get into the alpine in the Canadian Rockies. The trail starts at the base of Sunshine Ski hill, where you can take the Gondola to the Sunshine Ski village and hike from there. Rock Isle Lake is truly stunning!

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      9.9
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      Easy (Circle)
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      Open details for Wasootch Ridge

      Wasootch Ridge

      Moderate
      11.7 km
      750 m
      4-6h

      Wasootch Ridge is an easy choice as one of the best hikes near Canmore. Once you are up on the ridgeline, the valley feels isolated, with no other sounds or trails visible. This is a great day out!

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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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      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
      Open details for Grotto Canyon Hike

      Grotto Canyon Hike

      Easy
      4.4 km
      115 m
      1-1.5h

      The Grotto Canyon hike is a local favourite. Expect to see families and rock climbers as they hike along the pretty Grotto Canyon near Canmore.

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      9.3
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      Easy (Circle)
      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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      Open details for Shunda Mountain Hike (Baldy Lookout)

      Shunda Mountain Hike (Baldy Lookout)

      Easy
      5.9 km
      422 m
      2-3h

      Shunda Mountain trail is a beautiful route near Nordegg, leading to the fire lookout called the Baldy Lookout. This place was chosen as a great location for a fire lookout because of the expansive views of the surrounding area. The path to the top is quite steep and is used as a service road, so it’s of good quality. The terrain near the top is very open, so beautiful views are guaranteed. And there’s plenty of space for a picnic!

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      Open details for Terwillegar Park West Loop Trail

      Terwillegar Park West Loop Trail

      Easy
      3.9 km
      75 m
      1-1.5h

      The Terwillegar Park West Loop is part of an intricate web of local trails at the base of Rabbit Hill. This loop sees the perimeter of the park while many other trails pass through the middle. It is easy to get off trail, but with so many options, you will always be able to make it back to the trailhead. The route is well-signed and follows simple terrain.

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      Open details for Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

      Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

      Very Easy
      2.5 km
      5 m
      0.5h

      What’s in a name? At Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, come prepared for some serious birding with over 270 species to observe in this wildlife nature reserve. Listen to the birds sing as you walk along shady paths, perfect for little ones who want to adventure close to home.

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      10.0
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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 Bow Lake

      Bow Lake

      Very Easy
      3.4 km
      2 m
      0.5-1h

      Anybody driving the Icefields Parkway should stop in at Bow Lake and do this family-friendly hike. Hiking along the edge of Bow Lake is a great break. Enjoy the great views of a stunning lake on this easy hike.

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      9.8
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      Easy (Circle)
      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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      Open details for Picklejar Lakes

      Picklejar Lakes

      Moderate
      10.5 km
      500 m
      3-4.5h

      Some Calgarians rate Picklejar Lakes as their absolute favourite hike in the Canadian Rockies. It’s not hard to see why. The hike to Picklejar Lakes is a great intermediate hike, with varied terrain and wonderful views.

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      9.8
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      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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      Open details for Verdant Pass

      Verdant Pass

      Very Hard
      20.0 km
      750 m
      5.5-8h

      A helpful waiter shared this gem as a local’s view of the best hikes in Jasper. This beautiful route goes up to the backside of Mount Edith Cavell offering great views, though the hike on to Verdant Pass involves some route finding and most don't make the entire journey.

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      9.5
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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 Ram Mountain Hike

      Ram Mountain Hike

      Moderate
      19.1 km
      1,055 m
      6.5-9h

      The Ram Mountain hike is a beautiful hiking route that is located in the middle of nowhere - around a 1-hour drive from Nordegg and 3.5 from Calgary. This trail is quite remote and not very well known, and that adds up to the whole magic of the surrounding area. Even though this hike is quite long, the route is very pleasant, as it inclines quite slowly, and evenly— so fit hikers might even call this trail ‘easy’!

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      Open details for Canmore Hoodoos Trail

      Canmore Hoodoos Trail

      Easy
      2.9 km
      154 m
      1-1.5h

      The Canmore Hoodoos Trail is a quick trip from downtown to explore the bench above the valley. It has outstanding views of the Three Sisters and other surrounding peaks. The trail is close to a bike park and other trail networks in the area.

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