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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 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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      10.0
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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)
      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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      Open details for Old Goat Glacier

      Old Goat Glacier

      Moderate
      9.6 km
      705 m
      3.5-5h

      The hike to Old Goat Glacier is a classic Kananaskis hike on the Smith-Dorrien. While not as popular as other trails, this is a fun hike that is great for intermediate hikers who don’t mind a few steep bits. There are great views of the Old Goat Glacier as well as back towards the Spray Lakes Reservoir.

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      9.8
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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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      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)
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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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      Open details for Black Prince Lakes and Cirque

      Black Prince Lakes and Cirque

      Moderate
      13.9 km
      680 m
      4.5-6h

      The hike to Black Prince Cirque and then Black Prince Lakes is stunning. This hike takes you to a classic Kananaskis cirque and then the beautiful Black Prince Lakes. It’s hard to believe so few people take the time to hike up to Black Prince Lakes and Black Prince Cirque.

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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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      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
      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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      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 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 Big Beehive Hike

      Big Beehive Hike

      Moderate
      10.3 km
      647 m
      3.5-5h

      The Big Beehive not only boasts a stunning viewpoint soaring high above Lake Louise, but it offers steady highlights along the way. Starting at Lake Louise itself is satisfying enough for some, and it only gets better as you continue. Many lakes and options to extend the trail into a loop, or add on viewpoints, make the Big Beehive an excellent hike for those visiting the Lake Louise area of Banff National Park.

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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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      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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      Open details for Black Prince Interpretive Trail / Warspite Lake

      Black Prince Interpretive Trail / Warspite Lake

      Very Easy
      5.1 km
      125 m
      1.5-2h

      The hike on the Black Prince Interpretive Trail is a great family-friendly hike on the Smith-Dorrien. The trip takes you to Warspite Lake on a good path and there are great views once at Warspite Lake.

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

      Lake Agnes Tea House

      Easy
      7.5 km
      353 m
      2.5-3h

      The Lake Agnes Tea House hike is an enjoyable trip up to a charming lake with a lovely little tea house. From the tea house, there are options for what to do, such as hiking up to the Little Beehive, contouring around Lake Agnes, or simply just enjoy the picturesque scenery with a cup of tea.

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      9.4
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      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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      Easy (Circle)
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      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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