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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.

Head to Alberta's northern parks for your wild, natural experience and leave the traffic and crowds behind.                                                                                                                                                                     

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Trails

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Moose Mountain Bike Trail Society (MMBTS)

Bragg Creek, Alberta

MMBTS is a not-for-profit society comprised of mountain bikers, dedicated to the accessability of trails and support of mountain biking in Moose Mountain and the surrounding area. MMBTS seeks to advocate, develop, and maintain mountain bike trails and to promote active, fun, environmentally responsible community involvement.

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Alder Trail

Bragg Creek, Alberta

The Alder Trail is a short, easy, 1.6 KM (1 mile) loop which begins on the other side (south and east) of Hwy 758 connecting Bragg Creek to the Elbow Falls Trail (Hwy 66) into the Elbow Valley component of Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada. Highway 758 can be busy and traffic is unlikely to stop. Caution is expedient. Children need extra attention for crossing. An underpass would be sensible. This hike is an interpretive trail along a circular loop very suitable for beginning, elderly or casual hikers.

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Plateau Trail

Elkwater, Alberta

This trail meanders through grassland on Cypress plateau, and aspen and lodgepole pine forests. It joins Horseshoe Canyon Trail and Mitchell Creek Trail.

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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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Maligne Valley Wildlife & Waterfalls Tour with Spirit Island Boat Cruise

Travel through the incredibly scenic Maligne Valley while searching for the abundant wildlife. You’ll go on a short walk to see stunning waterfall vistas at Maligne Canyon and stop for photos at Medicine Lake before embarking on a 90 minute boat cruise to the world-famous Spirit Island at Maligne Lake.

Expires: 2017-10-08
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Summer Mountain Adventure Package

Step into our backyard and create your own mountain adventure. This package includes overnight accommodation and a $100 resort credit. Soak up Lake Louise’s rich mountaineering history by taking a guided hike or experience another summer activity. Foodies can use the resort credit to dine in one of our restaurants.

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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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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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Fall in the Canadian Rockies Photo Tour

Banff, Alberta

The Canadian Rockies is one of the most beautiful photography destinations and the late summer/early autumn is a precious time of year. This 8 day (7 night) tour focuses on the Canadian Rockies incredible landscapes, stunning waterfalls, marvellous canyons and colossal glaciers. Join award winning blogger Marta Kulesza and award winning photographer Jack Bolshaw on their 8 day photography tour around the Canadian Rockies. The 8 day (7 night) photography tour will be focused on 3 major destinations. Canmore, Banff National Park and Jasper National Park. The 10 available spots are open to all levels of photographers.

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Events

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Hike to the Drive Lanes

Fort Macleod, Alberta
2017-05-06 to 2017-05-06 MST | Show All Dates

May through October, first Saturday of each month, 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (four hour hike) Hike to the ancient drive lanes with our Blackfoot guides. Hear stories of how the plains people hunted the mighty buffalo. Be prepared for an off-trail hike and dress appropriately for inclement weather. Bring lunch and a water bottle. Space is limited so register in advance at education.bookings@gov.ab.ca. This program is not recommended for small children. Allow additional time to go through the Interpretive Centre. Regular admission plus $5.00 program fee per person. May 6 - Moon of the Flower/Crocus. June 3 - Moon of the Longest Day. July 1 - Moon of the Berry. August 5 - Moon of the Buffalo Rut. September 2 - Moon of the Leaves Falling. October 6 - Moon of the People Going to Winter Camp.

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Frank Slide Centre celebrates Canada's 150th

Crowsnest Pass, Alberta
2017-08-07 to 2017-08-07 MST

Monday, August 7, 2017 – Frank Slide Interpretive Centre celebrates Canada’s 150th. Come celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre. Face Painting, Caricature artists, guided hikes and musical entertainment. Join in on a guided bus tour on the history of the police force in the Crowsnest Pass, highlighting the famous shoot out at the Alberta Provincial Police Barracks that ended with the death of Constable Lawson. Join Alberta Park Educators at a display revealing tips and tricks to enjoying the wilderness and camping without putting yourself or wildlife in challenging situations or join in on a Mad Science fun workshop. All this and more! We have stories to tell you that you will never forget! The Frank Slide Interpretive Centre highlights the rich heritage of the Crowsnest Pass amid the breathtaking beauty of the Canadian Rockies. The Centre is open all year and visitors will be greeted by friendly, knowledgeable staff who will share the fascinating stories of the Frank Slide through dynamic interpretive programs and presentations. State-of-the-art interactive displays and exhibits throughout the Centre focus on the infamous Frank Slide of 1903 - Canada’s deadliest rockslide. Visitors will experience what it was like to be in the coal mining town of Frank before, during and after the great rock avalanche. Learn why Turtle Mountain fell and if another rockslide will come down. Two award-winning, audio-visual presentations are shown throughout the day in the Centre’s 70-seat, high definition theatre. "On the Edge of Destruction" is a powerful, 30-minute docudrama that recreates the remarkable night the rockslide came down. "In the Mountain's Shadow" is a visually stunning, 25-minute presentation that vibrantly presents the history of the spectacular Crowsnest Pass from immigration through coal mining to rum running. A 1.5 kilometre trail winds through the rocks of the Frank Slide, giving visitors an up-close look at the awesome power of nature. You will never forget the amazing stories of tragedy and triumph you will hear during your visit to the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre.

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Crowsnest Pass Doors Open & Heritage Festival

Crowsnest Pass, Alberta
2017-08-03 to 2017-08-07 MST

2017 marks the twelfth anniversary of the Crowsnest Pass Doors Open & Heritage Festival in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta taking place over the August Long Weekend. A celebration of our unique culture, history, and heritage we offer up a variety of activities to help you experience the beautiful Crowsnest Pass.

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