The Canmore / Kananaskis region has a wide variety of hikes – ranging from expert level to family-friendly and all that’s in between. The trails in this region are also well suited to intermediate level hikers thanks to Highway #40 and the Smith Dorrien Trail, both high-elevation roads that make up for much of the heavy elevation gain.
The hike to Chester Lake 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, as a snowshoe or 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.
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!
The Centennial Pass 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.