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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 Kinsmen Park Trail

      Kinsmen Park Trail

      Easy
      2.6 km
      57 m
      0.5-1h

      The Kinsmen Park trail in Edmonton begins near the John Walter Museum and Queen Elizabeth Pool. Despite being only a one-hour hike, this area has all the recreational features to fulfill a half-day of activities. Plan accordingly; you can stay here after your hike and enjoy the park to its fullest.

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      Skoki Lakes

      Very Hard
      25.7 km
      965 m
      7-10h

      Skoki Lakes is an epic hike in the Skoki region near Lake Louise. This route takes in Boulder Pass, Ptarmigan Lake, Packers Pass, the Skoki Lakes (Zigadenus and Myosotis Lakes) and then Deception Pass before coming back. This is a long day, though it is especially pretty in Autumn.

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      9.8
      Technical Difficulty
      Intermediate (Square)
      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
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      Advanced (Diamond)
      Suitable for advanced experience level looking for a solid adventure.
      Open details for Sibbald Flats Trail

      Sibbald Flats Trail

      Easy
      1.9 km
      92 m
      0.5-1h

      The Sibbald Flats interpretive trail travels around Sibbald Lake and includes many educational signs. It starts in the central Sibbald Flats Recreation Area, which makes it great for those looking for something quick and easy from a central area.

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      Open details for Crescent Falls Trail

      Crescent Falls Trail

      Very Easy
      0.6 km
      13 m
      0.5h

      Hiking to Crescent Falls won’t take very long, but you’ll probably want to stay awhile. With its magnificent viewpoint, it's a must-do in the David Thompson region. The nearby campground makes for the perfect basecamp when exploring the area. The trail will take you straight to the falls and back. Although rocky and rooty in some spots, this trail is accessible to all abilities.

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      Open details for Three Sisters Pass Trail

      Three Sisters Pass Trail

      Hard
      5.0 km
      563 m
      2.5-3.5h

      The Three Sisters Pass is a steep trail that leads to a memorable viewpoint of the incredible Three Sisters peaks in Canmore. The trail leads up some rough rock up to a bench below the peaks. This trail sees very little traffic, but is worth a visit.

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      Open details for Lafarge Meadows

      Lafarge Meadows

      Very Easy
      6.3 km
      26 m
      1-1.5h

      Be sure to grab binoculars and bring the whole family for a hike at Lafarge Meadows in Calgary’s Southeast. Diverse wildlife like moose, owls, osprey and red-necked grebes can be found among the engineered wetlands. Walk alongside the Bow River or maybe even cast a line in the water, then head past the Blue Devil Golf Club where you can spot golfers practicing their swing.

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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 Crowfoot Pass and Balfour Viewpoint

      Crowfoot Pass and Balfour Viewpoint

      Hard
      15.5 km
      794 m
      5-7h

      The hike up to Crowfoot Pass and onwards to Balfour Viewpoint provides serene solitude in the remote backcountry. Enjoy a river crossing, a high alpine pass and incredible view of a majestic waterfall. For the adventurous scrambler, the steep rocky Bow Peak Scramble can be added to this trail.

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      9.9
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      Easy (Circle)
      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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      Intermediate (Square)
      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
      Open details for Bald Hills

      Bald Hills

      Hard
      13.4 km
      697 m
      4.5-6h

      The Bald Hills are a legendary hike in Jasper, getting you high above the tree line with opportunities to explore this incredible chain of hills and summit other peaks. The views are sublime in all directions – definitely a great trail in Jasper National Park.

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      9.8
      Technical Difficulty
      Easy (Circle)
      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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      Intermediate (Square)
      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
      Open details for Upper Kananaskis Lake Trail

      Upper Kananaskis Lake Trail

      Easy
      16.5 km
      295 m
      3.5-5h

      The hike around Upper Kananaskis Lake offers tremendous views, varied terrain and limited elevation gain – a great trail for all levels of hikers. This is also an especially good option for shoulder season in Canmore, when the route is far less crowded.

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      9.5
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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 Siffleur Falls Trail

      Siffleur Falls Trail

      Moderate
      14.2 km
      369 m
      3.5-5h

      The out-and-back Siffleur Falls Trail is an excellent half- to full-day adventure (and possibly overnight). The first set of falls appear quickly, and you can choose your own adventure from here. One waterfall might be satisfactory for your trip, but the whole trail features three sets of falls and crosses two rivers. This is a low-traffic trail that seems to be a hidden gem of the David Thompson Highway region.

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      Open details for Cougar Creek Trail

      Cougar Creek Trail

      Moderate
      9.5 km
      607 m
      3.5-4.5h

      The Cougar Creek Trail in Canmore starts at a multi-sport adventure hub. The parking area is a starting place for cyclists, climbers, scramblers, and hikers. Heading up the main creek area is simple. Hikers can choose their own route for the most part, following a defined trail beyond some flood mitigation structures.

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      Open details for Guinn’s Pass

      Guinn’s Pass

      Very Hard
      18.3 km
      980 m
      6-8.5h

      The trail to Guinn’s Pass is spectacular, offering stunning views. This hike takes in Lillian Lake, Lower Galatea Lake and then up to Guinn’s Pass, offering views down to Ribbon Lake and over to Buller Pass. This trip is pretty special.

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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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      Advanced (Diamond)
      Suitable for advanced experience level looking for a solid adventure.
      Open details for Johnston Canyon and Ink Pots

      Johnston Canyon and Ink Pots

      Moderate
      10.7 km
      550 m
      3.5-5h

      The hike to Johnston Canyon and the Ink Pots is a great, albeit busy, hike near Banff. The trail winds through the canyon to the Upper Falls. From there continue on to the Ink Pots and the pretty mountain views. In peak season don't try this route between 9am and 5pm due to crowds.

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      9.1
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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 Ram Falls

      Ram Falls

      Very Easy
      0.8 km
      17 m
      0.5h

      The Ram Falls Trail is located in the central hub of Ram Falls Provincial Park, next to the Ram Falls campground. This is a must-do out-and-back hike that takes less than an hour to complete. During the 800 m round trip, be sure to spend some extra time admiring the falls and the abundant scenery in the area.

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      Open details for West Fish Creek

      West Fish Creek

      Easy
      7.5 km
      47 m
      1.5-2h

      Bordered on three sides by the city, this hiking trail in western Fish Creek feels like an oasis in the middle of an urban jungle. Take in grasslands, forests and wetland vistas, relax, or even fish—this trail has it all.

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      10.0
      Technical Difficulty
      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 Aylmer Lookout via Lake Minnewanka

      Aylmer Lookout via Lake Minnewanka

      Very Hard
      24.5 km
      1,085 m
      7.5-10.5h

      For one of the most beautiful views near Banff, the hike to Aylmer Lookout is a must-see. It’s especially great for shoulder season, when there is still too much snow up high. The trail includes great views of Lake Minnewanka and the surrounding Fairholme range.

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      9.9
      Technical Difficulty
      Intermediate (Square)
      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
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      Advanced (Diamond)
      Suitable for advanced experience level looking for a solid adventure.
      Open details for Rae Glacier

      Rae Glacier

      Moderate
      9.3 km
      425 m
      3-4h

      The hike to Elbow Lake is a wonderful, family-friendly hike in the Highwood Area. Adventurous types will want to continue and explore the area beyond Elbow Lake, and we love the hike to the Alpine that explores the Rae Glacier.

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      9.3
      Technical Difficulty
      Easy (Circle)
      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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      Intermediate (Square)
      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
      Open details for Cline River Falls Trail

      Cline River Falls Trail

      Easy
      3.4 km
      146 m
      1-1.5h

      Hiking to Cline River Falls follows a short and easy trail that leads up through the must-see Cline River Canyon to the waterfalls. It requires little effort to reach as you hike for a short distance right off the highway. If you’re coming or going from camping in central Nordegg, this is the perfect trail. You’ll see some incredible natural beauty in just a short trip.

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      Open details for Path of the Angel Glacier

      Path of the Angel Glacier

      Very Easy
      1.6 km
      87 m
      0.5h

      This is our favorite family-friendly hike in all of Jasper, with a well-maintained path taking you to a dramatic viewpoint up close to a glacier and stunning lake below. If you're lucky you'll see icebergs in the lake and a few marmots along the walk.

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      9.9
      Technical Difficulty
      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 Burstall Pass

      Burstall Pass

      Moderate
      15.5 km
      450 m
      4-5.5h

      The hike to Burstall Pass is an iconic Canmore route for good reason – it's stunning! Although a great trail for intermediates, those with energy can scramble up Snow Peak for one of the best views in the Rockies. And in autumn, the sights of the larches are incredible!

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      9.8
      Technical Difficulty
      Easy (Circle)
      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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      Intermediate (Square)
      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.

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