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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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Banff National Park

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Trails

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Bow River / Hoodoos

Banff, Alberta
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Though it is close to the Banff townsite, you will feel like you are far away as you explore this forest and meadow trail. Keep an eye out for elk and birds of prey as you climb from the river's edge to the Hoodoos viewpoint.

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Chephren Lake

Saskatchewan Crossing, Alberta

Chephren Lake lies underneath the brooding walls of Howse Peak and Mount Chephren. Please note that the trail is often very muddy.

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Moss Lake Trail

Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta

The original 1906 south boundary is still visible from the trailhead parking lot. Sandy soil changes the vegetation composition periodically along this trail. The large number of small rolling hills makes this a more challenging cross-country ski trail.

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Elkwater Wine Festival in the Hills

Enjoy the natural beauty of the Cypress Hills, surrounded by comfort and elegance. Indulge in fine wine, paired with distinctive cuisine. This package includes 2 nights accommodation at Elkwater Lake Lodge, select meals, including a 7-course dinner, and a guided hike. Price is per person, based on double occupancy.

Expires: 2017-10-26
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Dinotour 2018

Dinotour is a unique opportunity to discover Alberta's palaeontological treasures with Dr. Philip Currie and other world-renowned scientists. On this 4-day family-oriented tour August 3-6, 2018, guests will learn about dinosaurs that inhabited Alberta and explore the sites associated with major discoveries. The tour includes 3 nights accommodation and admissions.

Expires: 2018-06-30
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Lake Louise Winterland Tour

The snow is always deep, soft and plentiful at Lake Louise. Make the most of your winter experience in the Rockies and enjoy a full day tour to Lake Louise and Marble Canyon with ample time on your own to partake in some truly Canadian winter experiences.

Expires: 2018-02-16
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Tours

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SunDog Tour Co.

Jasper, Alberta
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Providing memorable sightseeing, activity and transportation services. From daily sightseeing excursions, to group tours, to airport shuttles, to coach touring and conference services, our staff of vacation planners specialize in making your time in the mountains unforgettable.

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Good Friend Guides

Calgary, Alberta

Take part in one of our day hikes. We are licensed through Parks Canada. Our guides have been trained through the Interpretive Guides Association and we hold first aid certificates. Our guided hikes are meant for all ages and all levels of experience.

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Chiniki Cultural Experiences

Morley, Alberta
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Allow your First Nation's experience to come alive. Sit and talk with an Elder, hear their perspectives and learn from their wise counsel. Witness the talent and beauty of native dancing, drumming and singing in a traditional setting. Performance exhibitions happen regularly at the Centre by the artistic talent and craftsmanship of First Nation artisans. Watch the artists work, talk to them as they create, and learn how they have embraced the creativity of their ancestors. Explore the beauty of the land with guided nature walks. The residents share land with deer, moose, bears and an assortment of wildlife. They live in peace with them all and would welcome showing you how the earth has sustained us with her bounty and her beauty. Each admission includes access to the Cultural Centre exhibit package as part of your experience. The weather and seasons can impact availability, but is open year-round.

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Events

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Waterton Wildflower Festival

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

We invite you to step into a wildflower wonderland, a veritable bouquet of wildflowers in the wildflower capital of Canada. The spectacular setting of Waterton Lakes National Park is home to more than 1,000 vascular plant species including half of all wildflower species found in Alberta. Of those, 175 species are listed as rare in Alberta and 20 are only found in Waterton. From beargrass to orchids, pink meadowsweet, and glacier lilies, learn to identify the different species, see wildflowers from horseback, indulge in an afternoon tea with local experts, and learn about wildflower photography and painting. The possibilities and mediums are endless when learning about Waterton wildflowers during the 13th annual Waterton Wildflower Festival. Join us for guided walks, hikes, workshops and presentations. Come celebrate the first day of summer in a World Heritage Site.This festival, a program of the Waterton Park Community Association, features many workshops on photography and art, guided walks on plant identification and park ecosystems, family programs, lunchtime and evening photographic presentations and local entertainment.

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