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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 Douglas Fir Trail

      Douglas Fir Trail

      Easy
      5.8 km
      108 m
      1.5-2h

      Get some fresh mountain air right in the heart of the city with a hike on the Douglas Fir Trail. Strap on your hiking boots because this trail can be challenging, featuring changing elevation and large steps. Feel small along the giant Douglas Fir trees and be sure to stop at the lookout points to enjoy the panoramic views.

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      Raspberry Ridge Hike

      Hard
      9.2 km
      633 m
      3.5-4.5h

      Raspberry Ridge is a great trail to hike if you are staying at Cataract Creek campground. It is located across the street and features a well-graded path through the forest that opens up to great views of the foothills and eventually the rockies. Enjoy this route with the family for a half-day adventure near your campsite.

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      Open details for Cavell Meadows

      Cavell Meadows

      Easy
      6.0 km
      400 m
      2-3h

      Cavell Meadows is a stunning trail in Jasper National Park, and one of the easiest ways to hike in an alpine meadow. Get great views of the Angel Glacier and enjoy options to summit a nearby peak.

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      Boom Lake

      Moderate
      10.9 km
      230 m
      2.5-3.5h

      The hike to Boom Lake is a pleasant and popular excursion in Banff National Park. This route is great for beginners as the trail is clear, the path well-made and there is a beautiful view at Boom Lake. We love this hike on very hot days, as it is mostly in the forest.

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      Open details for Centennial Ridge and Mount Allan Summit

      Centennial Ridge and Mount Allan Summit

      Very Hard
      16.0 km
      1,380 m
      6.5-9.5h

      The Centennial Ridge and Mount Allan Summit is the highest maintained trail in the Canadian Rockies. It’s a true pinnacle with great views and a nice alpine hike along the way. Bring lots of water as you’re exposed most of the day. The Trail is closed from April to late-June each year.

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      Open details for Big Hill Springs

      Big Hill Springs

      Very Easy
      2.2 km
      52 m
      0.5h

      For a visually stunning hike, try the Big Hill Springs trail in the foothills of Alberta's Rocky Mountains. Trek past a series of small, rushing waterfalls and bubbling springs, all isolated within a beautiful coulee. This kid-friendly trail makes for a fun time for adventurers of all ages!

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      Banff Bow River to Bow Falls to Banff Springs

      Very Easy
      6.0 km
      70 m
      1.5-2h

      One of the best walks in Banff is the classic walk along the Bow River. This trail is perfect for beginners or those with limited physical ability, offering beautiful views of the forest, scenic Bow River, Bow Falls and Banff Springs Hotel.

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      Open details for Opal Hills

      Opal Hills

      Moderate
      7.8 km
      466 m
      2.5-3.5h

      The Opal Hills hike in Jasper National Park is exhilarating, with a unique beauty that casts a spell on the hikers who make it through the steep trail – moving up to a lush meadow and beautiful mountains. This is truly one of the best hikes in Jasper.

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      Open details for Valley of the Five Lakes

      Valley of the Five Lakes

      Easy
      5.7 km
      156 m
      1.5-2h

      The Valley of the Five Lakes hike is an easy, enjoyable hike in Jasper that leads to five different stunning alpine lakes. The vibrant greens and blues of the water make each lake better than the next, and the whole family can enjoy the views without too much of a challenge.

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      Open details for Paradise Valley Circuit

      Paradise Valley Circuit

      Very Hard
      20.3 km
      1,045 m
      6.5-9h

      Quite simply, this is a top hike. On the Paradise Valley Circuit trail, experience spectacular clear lakes and waterfalls, beautiful views, a challenging scree ascent and a breathtaking descent. Once at Sentinel Pass get the stunning views of the Valley of the 10 Peaks and Moraine Lake.

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      Open details for Elbow Lake

      Elbow Lake

      Very Easy
      4.3 km
      130 m
      1-1.5h

      The hike to Elbow Lake is a wonderful, family-friendly hike in the Highwood Area. It’s also the perfect first backpack trip, as Elbow Lake is so close to the trailhead. We do this hike every year with our family.

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      Glenmore Reservoir Trail

      Easy
      15.3 km
      293 m
      3.5-5h

      Hiking the Glenmore Reservoir trail is a great half day trip, or just head out on a portion of the path for an hour or two! It is perfect for all abilities and explores the entire reservoir, staying close to the water and wetlands that the reservoir is famous for. This is a heavily populated area in the summer months, but many visitors choose short routes within the area rather than committing to the full loop.

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      Open details for Chester Lake Hike

      Chester Lake Hike

      Easy
      9.3 km
      320 m
      2.5-3.5h

      The Chester Lake hike is a great family route in Canmore, complete with a stunning alpine meadow and glistening lake nestled among towering peaks. The walk is perfect for multiple seasons, whether you come to snowshoe or take a ski tour in winter, or to see the larches change color in autumn. The trail is closed from May to late-June each year to prevent trail damage.

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      Open details for Twin Cairns and Monarch Viewpoint

      Twin Cairns and Monarch Viewpoint

      Easy
      7.2 km
      175 m
      2-2.5h

      We love this less-visited part of Sunshine Meadows. You get to take in the Standish Viewing deck, Rock Isle Lake and the beautiful Monarch Viewpoint, all on well-maintained paths. Take the Standish chair up to start and reduce the elevation gain on this hike.

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      Edworthy Park Loop

      Very Easy
      3.5 km
      95 m
      1h

      From the south side of the park, the Edworthy Park Loop hiking trail is a quick and easy way to spend an hour or two taking in some nature. When visiting the city it can be hard to find green space, but Edworthy Park is the perfect escape with plenty of amenities at the central day use area.

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      Mount Burke

      Hard
      10.1 km
      867 m
      4-6h

      Mount Burke is an underrated, bigger version of Prairie Mountain that isn’t as well-known. On a sunny weekend, we only ran into one other group, which is very rare considering the trail is good quality and the views are amazing. Get ready to see the foothills, white-topped mountain peaks, the interesting flat Plateau Mountain nearby and the lone abandoned fire watch hut at the very top. However, the views come with a price – hiking up Mount Burke is a real grind.

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      Open details for Citadel Pass

      Citadel Pass

      Very Hard
      21.9 km
      885 m
      6.5-9h

      If you’re going hiking in Banff, you need to get up to Sunshine Meadows for the incredible hike to Citadel Pass. This hike has it all, beautiful wildflowers, expansive views, multiple lakes and above all, varied and stunning views. We love this hike.

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      Arethusa Ridge

      Easy
      5.4 km
      352 m
      2-2.5h

      Arethusa Cirque is a gem of a hike, being an overlooked neighbour to nearby Ptarmigan and Pocaterra Cirques. The views are especially spectacular in larch season, which takes place in

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      Healy Pass

      Hard
      20.9 km
      705 m
      5.5-8h

      The best hikes in Banff must include the hike up to Healy Pass. An exquisite hike, especially during Autumn with the larches in full colour. Get impressive views from the pass and take an optional descent via Simpson Pass to add variety.

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      Open details for West Wind Pass

      West Wind Pass

      Easy
      5.0 km
      390 m
      2-2.5h

      West Wind Pass is a great hike! It’s not too busy and is a perfect hike for people who want to get stunning views without a ton of elevation gain. We love the vista back to the Spray Lakes Reservoir as well as at the views from West Wind Pass itself.

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