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Hiking 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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Spray River Loop

Banff, Alberta
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This forested loop is popular with cyclists, horseback riders and cross country skiers and offers rolling terrain on a tributary of the Bow River. To complete the loop, cross the bridge at kilometre 7 and come back down to the Golf Course road.

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Rodeo Loop

Elkwater, Alberta

This trail meanders through aspen, pine and spruce.

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Bow Summit Lookout

Lake Louise, Alberta
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From the highest point on the Icefields Parkway (2,070 m), hike beyond the Peyto Lake viewpoint on the upper self-guided nature trail, then follow an old fire road to the lookout. Watch for pikas, marmots and ptarmigan.

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Travel Offers

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5-Day Canadian Badlands Tour

Journey through the Canadian Badlands on this 5-day/4-night history and culture tour. Hike pine forest trails in the middle of the prairie, meet prehistoric dinosaurs, explore the culturally diverse city of Medicine Hat and dine on creative local dishes as you journey through southern Alberta. Tours available June to September.

Expires: 2018-09-30
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Guided Nature Walk - Resources of the Land

Travel on a journey through Chiniki woodlands where you will learn about the diverse use of native plants and the meanings behind the surrounding mountains and landscapes. Your Chiniki guide will provide a focused cultural experience through storytelling and interpretive story boards. Some guided tours include a picnic lunch.

Expires: 2018-09-30
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Delta Lodge Kananaskis Family Fun Package

This ski season, save on lift tickets and lodging, and discover everything Kananaskis has to offer! This package includes overnight accommodation and optional add-ons.

Expires: 2018-05-11
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Tours

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Get Outside

Canmore, Alberta
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Get Outside focuses on getting more women outside and changing the way the world views women in the outdoors. Built on fun, challenge, education, and empowerment, Get Outside is driven to help women learn new skills, believe in their ability, and step outside their comfort zone in a safe environment. The goal? build female role models through mentorship, fuelled by passion and curiosity. Believers that winter and summer are equally amazing, Get Outside offers unforgettable, personalized hiking and backpacking adventures all year round! But don't worry men, you can tag along too...sometimes!

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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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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 specialize 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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Events

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Annual Songbird Festival

Slave Lake, Alberta
2018-05-26 To 2018-05-26 MST

Come celebrate the spring migration in a Boreal Forest. On Saturday, start off with an early morning birding hike and pancake breakfast. Or enjoy a special tour of the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory (LSLBO), nature hikes, workshops, and lots of hands-on children's activities. On Sunday, help support the LSLBO by participating in a run/walk (5km/10km) departing from the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation at 10 a.m. A great event for nature lovers of all ages.

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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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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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