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Hiking Summer Outdoor Activities

Alberta’s infinite variety of landscapes can satisfy any hiker’s wanderlust. Thousands of kilometres of trails beckon for all abilities, from short easy rambles to classic hikes and multi-day treks. Epic scenery awaits in our protected parks and wildlands. Try heli-hiking in our Canadian Rockies backcountry and discover secluded alpine lakes and mountain meadows where wildflowers and wildlife abounds. Explore the mysterious Canadian Badlands and witness the work of eons of erosion that sculpted this strangely compelling terrain. Discover the silence of a northern boreal forest. Wander through grasslands stretching to the horizon. Our temperate climate is ideal for hiking, from spring through autumn.

Without Wheels in the Wild?

Nancy Gordy Tourism Jasper

From train travel to group tours, there may be times when you don't have access to a set of wheels to explore Jasper National Park, but don't let this drive you crazy!

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Trails

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Lake Agnes

Lake Louise, Alberta
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The 6.8 km circular trail to Lake Agnes is one of the most popular in Banff National Park. Gain 385 m on a well-maintained trail before arriving at Lake Agnes and its famed seasonal mountain teahouse. Savour lunch on the porch then walk around a beautiful tarn tucked below towering peaks. Note: This trail is subject to avalanche hazard from November through April. Enjoy one of the scenic, designated snowshoe trails nearby instead. In May and June conditions are variable. Check the Banff National Park Trail Report before departing.

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Johnston Canyon

Banff, Alberta
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Banff National Park’s most popular hiking destination takes you into the depths of a canyon along catwalks and amongst spectacular waterfalls. See the impressive lower falls and walk through a tunnel to get an even closer look at the powerful effects of water. An early morning start may help you avoid the crowds.

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Moraine Lake

Lake Louise, Alberta
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Moraine Lake's brilliant blue-green waters are sheltered in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Take a forested stroll along the shore or climb atop The Rockpile for breathtaking vantage points. Canoeing, hiking, walking and photography are popular here. Moraine Lake Road is open mid-June through to mid-October. Arrive before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m. in July, August and September.

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Holiday Packages

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Canada: Rocky Mountainer

See the spectacular Canadian Rockies from every angle. Enjoy panoramic views of glacier-fed lakes, crashing waterfalls and snowy mountains in comfort on the Rocky Mountaineer train. Your trip will be rounded off in style with an unforgettable helicopter ride – the best way to appreciate the beauty of the Rockies.

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Tours

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Timberwolf Tours

Spruce Grove, Alberta

Offering a variety of guided tours in the Rocky Mountain National Parks of Banff, Jasper and Yoho and in northwestern British Columbia, the Yukon and Vancouver Island, Timberwolf Tours is all about adventure, sightseeing and family fun. Try a two-week camping and hiking tour in Banff and Jasper, fully escorted canoe adventures suitable for beginners or a 16-day round trip bus tour through British Columbia and Alberta, staying at lovely hotels along the way. Watch for wildlife, meet the locals and experience the magic of Western Canada. Luxury tours are available for small groups.

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Yamnuska Mountain Adventures

Canmore, Alberta
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Yamnuska Mountain Adventures is a premier provider of mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, backcountry skiing, avalanche training and trekking experiences in the Canadian Rockies. We run trips, programs and courses from beginner to expert level and have some of the top mountain guides in Canada.

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Kananaskis Outfitters

Kananaskis, Alberta
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Kananaskis Outfitters, is the leading tour operator and sports equipment rental facility in beautiful Kananaskis. We offer a wide variety of services for families and groups, including Voyageur canoe experiences, introduction to hiking trips, SUP lessons, snowshoe fondue tours, Nordic ski lessons, stargazing experiences, and so much more. We also operate a year round rental shop. Rental items include: mountain bikes, canoes, kayaks, stand up paddleboards, snowshoes, cross country skis and ice skates.

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