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Walking Summer Outdoor Activities

Alberta has thousands of kilometres of hiking trails, whatever your flavour. From easy to pro, there’s a hike to get you to your happy place: mountains, grasslands, badlands and forests. Where should we start? • Heli-hiking: Get to the top in seconds and start the hike on a high. With just a short helicopter flight, you'll see hidden alpine lakes and meadows. From there, the guided hike can be as chill or adventurous as you’d like. • Winter hiking: Snowy trails transform Alberta’s best hikes into sparkling new terrain in the winter. Pack a thermos of hot chocolate and let the frosty air urge you up to the next frozen waterfall.

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Trails

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Glacier Lake

Saskatchewan Crossing, Alberta

Free of snow early in the season, this rolling wooded trail takes you to a picturesque lake set below the peaks that were first seen by early European explorers.

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Sundance Canyon

Banff, Alberta

The trailhead for this gentle 11 km (6.8 mi) roundtrip walk to Sundance Canyon in Banff National Park can be accessed from the Cave and Basin parking lot. Bikes and rollerblades are welcome on the first 4 km of paved pathway.

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Upper Lake Louise Area

Lake Louise, Alberta

Start from the upper Lake Louise parking area, 4 km from the village of Lake Louise. Because of the number of options from this trailhead, you have the opportunity to mix and match many of the trails in the Upper Lake Louise area to suit your abilities and interests.

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Tours

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Pursuit Adventures - Central Alberta Hikes

Rocky Mountain House, Alberta
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Head out from Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House or Nordegg to explore the breathtaking scenery and quiet trails of David Thompson Country on hiking adventures this summer. These signature hikes represent the best of the area, from the foothills to the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy the comfort that comes with a guide who knows the area's trails, wildlife and terrain so that you can focus on hiking while the rest is taken care of.

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White Mountain Adventures - Hiking Tours

Banff, Alberta
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From popular trails in Lake Louise and Banff to virtually unknown routes in Kananaskis Country, there's a hike for all abilities and interests. You'll travel safely, learn about the area, meet locals, and best of all you'll hike a trail or route that provides you with maximum reward for your effort. Choose from multiple hiking options requiring varying levels of skill and experience.

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Alpine Air Adventures

Banff, Alberta
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Alpine Air Adventures specializes in rock climbing, ice climbing, alpine climbing, backcountry skiing and snowboarding, avalanche courses and improvised rope rescue courses. Fully certified IFMGA Mountain Guide and ACMG Guides. AAA offers a variety of private and course based adventures to suit all levels of adventurer.

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Events

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Dinosaur Valley Half Marathon

Drumheller, Alberta
2018-09-09 To 2018-09-09 MST

Dinosaur Valley Half Marathon is an annual three event foot race held in Drumheller Alberta each September. The event comprises of 21.1K, 10K and 5K distances. The 21.1 and 10K courses are Athletics Canada Certified. The shortest course is dubbed the 5K family fun run and intended to be such. Segments of each course run along the scenic Red Deer river. Those that compete in the 21.1 will experience the Drumheller Badlands up close. Races and awards culminate before noon leaving ample time to continue exploring the valley.

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23rd Annual Huckleberry Festival

Pincher Creek, Alberta
2018-08-24 To 2018-08-26 MST

Huckleberry Festival, a full weekend event, occurs at Castle Mountain Resort each and every August. This annual, family friendly event that attracts more than a thousand people each year to come enjoy music and entertainment, a pig roast, and ride the chairlifts to some of the best Huckleberry picking around. While the main attraction may be the scenic chairlift rides whisking you into prime huckleberry picking zones, guests will also enjoy lots of great food and drink, guided hiking, a bouncy Castle, vendor's market, and all kinds of free, live music outside on the Huckleberry stage. New this year is the all-access Huckleberry pass providing unlimited access to the lifts for the weekend and including all meals.

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Hike Your Pass Off!

Crowsnest Pass, Alberta
2018-08-17 To 2018-08-19 MST

Join us for our inaugural hiking festival, Hike Your Pass Off, held at Pass Powderkeg Ski Hill! The Crowsnest Pass has long been know as one of Alberta’s most diverse hiking destinations with a great mix of history, wildlife and incredible mountain terrain. Whether they are an experienced hiker or a newbie, the hiking festival offers something for everyone. From easy hikes in the Alison-Chinook Provincial Recreation Area to difficult hikes to the top of Turtle Mountain, this event has something for everyone.

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