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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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The Bear's Hump

Waterton, Alberta
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One of the most popular trails in Waterton, this short but steep walk offers spectacular views of the Waterton valley. At 1.4 km (one way), it takes most visitors 30-45 minutes to reach the top.

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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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Skyline Trail

Jasper, Alberta
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The Skyline Trail is considered one of the most popular backcountry walks in the Canadian Rockies. With more than half of the 44-km trail above the treeline, the views are expansive and spectacular. Most walkers choose to start beside Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park and trek north to the base of Signal Mountain. Walking this challenging trail takes between two and six days. Remote campsites are available along the route and should be booked well in advance.

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Tours

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Canmore Cave Tours

Canmore, Alberta
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Canmore Cave Tours offers year round wild caving experiences in Rat's Nest Cave one of the longest caves in Canada.

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Banff Adventures

Banff, Alberta
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Banff’s activity booking centre. For almost two decades, Banff Adventures has helped visitors experience the best of Banff and the Canadian Rockies. Offering every summer or winter activity and tour available, we specialise in providing convenient service, allowing you to spend more time playing in the mountains and less time planning for them. We have a variety of packages that bundle activities together, saving you time and money. We offer bike rentals from our store in the summer and ice cleats, skates and cross-country ski rentals in winter. Open seven days a week. Your adventure starts here.

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Pursuit Adventures - Rockies Hikes

Saskatchewan River Crossing, Alberta
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Explore the trails of the Canadian Rockies. Small group tours are available weekly from mid-April to late October and private tours are available daily, on your schedule. 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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Events

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Parks Day

Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
2018-07-21 To 2018-07-21 MST

Celebrate the outdoors by learning new ways to explore and create memories at Elk Island National Park. Exploring by canoe, camping under star-filled skies, and outdoor living are all traditions that have been part of Canada’s legacy. Come embrace these timeless traditions by learning how to navigate a canoe or gain outdoor adventure skills at a “Learn to Camp” workshop. Top it all off by bringing a picnic to share with your family and friends as live music by local artists fills the air with festive spirit.

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Come By the Hills Music Festival

Wainwright, Alberta
2018-08-17 To 2018-08-18 MST

The Come By the Hills Music Festival is a unique, family friendly festival that features a wide variety of talented and award-winning artists under an amazing prairie sky. Located at the picturesque Mistahiya Retreat Centre between Vermilion and Wainwright, this former ski hill is the perfect venue to experience live music in a relaxed and friendly environment. This festival offers all the amenities of larger folk festivals, such as on-site camping, food vendors, beer/beverage tent, and top quality talent, but without the high ticket prices or long lines. The event organizers are committed to creating an intimate, laid back environment that showcases folk and country performers that shine under the open skies. The festival features a covered seating area, so attendees are comfortable no matter what the weather might bring. Day and weekend passes go on sale annually on May 15th and are available online.

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Wildflower Festival

Waterton Lakes, Alberta
2018-06-14 To 2018-06-19 MST

Drop by the 13th annual Waterton Wildflower Festival. Step into a wildflower wonderland, a veritable bouquet of wildflowers in the wildflower capital of Canada. From beargrass to orchids, pink meadowsweet, and glacier lilies - learn to identify the different species, ecosystems, family programs, lunchtime and evening photographic presentations. Activities include: Wildflower Photography and Painting, Wildflower Identification, Wildflower Connections, Wildflowers by Horseback, as well as an Afternoon Tea with Local Experts.... and more. Events throughout the festival are led by highly qualified professionals, naturalists and scientists who will help make your Festival experience memorable. Admission is free.

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