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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.

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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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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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White Mountain Adventures

Banff, Alberta
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You’ll find some of the best year-round adventures in the world right here in the Canadian Rockies. Incredible summer hiking and walking, amazing winter ice walks, wildlife watching, and snowshoeing adventures. Take the time to experience them with your own exclusive guide. You choose the date, time, trip length and go at your own pace. Our expert guides and naturalists will make your outing the unique adventure you are looking for.

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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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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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