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Hiking Summer Outdoor Activities

Alberta's infinite variety of landscapes can satisfy any hiker's wanderlust. Thousands of kilometers 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.
Hoodos Dinosaur Provincial Park badlands
Drumheller
Hiking Grassi Lakes Canmore
Grassi Lakes, Canmore

Trails

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C-Level Cirque

Banff, Alberta
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Hike back in time as you walk past old coal mine shafts before reaching a dramatic basin on Cascade Mountain.

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Aylmer Pass

Banff, Alberta

Hike above the blue water of Lake Minnewanka before climbing high into the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies to a stunning 2,285 m alpine pass. It is possible to mountain bike the first 8 km of this trail.

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Beaver Pond Trail

Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
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Park staff successfully reintroduced beaver into the park in the 1940s, after trappers completely eliminated them from the area by the mid 1800s. This trail is characterized by evidence of beaver activity near the trailhead. Lodges that are overgrown with vegetation are now abandoned. The open aspen forest and sedge meadows along this trail are ideal for bird watching in summer and observing large mammals grazing in winter.

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Heli-Hiking in the Canadian Rockies

The best days of hiking you can ever imagine! With little effort you’ll be transported by helicopter up through a mountain valley and then dropped off onto a high alpine meadow where you’ll have fantastic, unsurpassed mountain views in all directions. You’ll be the only people around for miles.

Expires: 2017-09-07
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Full Day Hiking Tours 3

Explore an epic trail in Jasper National Park on a guided hiking tour. Take in magnificent views, summit a mountain, see wildlife and smell the wildflowers. Choose from several adventures. From $99 per person.

Expires: 2017-08-31
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Guided Day Hikes

Explore the front ranges of the Rockies on a guided hiking adventure. Choose from a wide selection of day hikes in David Thompson Country. Package includes transportation from Red Deer, guided hiking and homemade snacks. From $95. Valid mid-April to October.

Expires: 2017-09-27
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Tours

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Great Divide Nature Interpretation

Lake Louise, Alberta
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Hiking is awesome in the Lake Louise area! Breathing in clean mountain air, you notice how the forest and mountains surround and uplift you. Meanwhile, the guide reveals the stories behind the scenery in a fun and entertaining way: history, wildlife, wildflowers, glaciers, and the big picture processes that explain the “why” of it all. You’ve laughed and you’ve learned.

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Wild Current Outfitters Rafting

Jasper, Alberta
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The Snake Indian Valley trip offers guests a rare experience in a breathtaking region of the Park that few locals and even fewer tourists have ventured. You’ll raft down a roaring, clear river, hike through pine forests, meadows and see wildlife such as bighorn sheep, mountain goats, moose, elk, and bears. Horses transport all gear and baggage so you can travel lightly, knowing that at the end of the day a comfortable camp, great meal and maybe even a cold beer await you. Leave the guiding to us and we promise to make this trip of a lifetime.

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Jasper Adventure Centre

Jasper, Alberta
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Your Adventure has begun! You have found Jasper National Park, famous for its wildlife and scenery. Located in Western Canada, Jasper National Park, the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, is nestled between Mt. Robson and Banff National Park.

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Events

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Smith Geocaching Tour

Slave Lake, Alberta
2016-08-05 to 2017-05-20 MST

Smith Geocaching is Alberta’s First Official Geocaching Tour. Near the Hamlet of Smith and surrounding area there is a variety of geocache locations, ready to be found. From easy to find park-and-grab caches to those that require hiking there is something for everyone. Some are even located along multi-use trails for a day trip. Each year on the May Long Weekend Smith Geocaching holds their Annual Spring Into Summer Event. The Tour is currently being upgraded to incorporate unique and interesting caches.

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Annual Songbird Festival

Slave Lake, Alberta
2017-05-27 to 2017-05-27 MST

Come celebrate Spring Migration in the Boreal Forest! On Saturday, start off with our early morning birding hikes 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 joining us for our Annual Bird Run/Walk (5K/10K) departing from the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation at 10:00 a.m. A great event for nature lovers of all ages. For more information, contact us at info@borealbirdcentre.ca.

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Bison Festival

Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
2017-08-19 to 2017-08-20 MST

Bison were nearly lost from North America! By the early 20th century, bison purchased from Montana and brought to the Elk Island National Park began to slowly rebuild their numbers. Today nearly every plains bison you see in southern Canada, whether in conservation or domestic herds, had an ancestor in Elk Island National Park! We think that's something to celebrate! Join us for this sensory festival celebrating all things bison, from conservation, to culture, to cuisine!

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