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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.
Hiking near Abbots Pass Hut
A couple hiking over rocks in Jasper National Park Alberta
Hiking in Jasper National Park

This holiday season, give the gift of an Alberta experience and create new memories with your loved ones. With so many choices, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list. Here are some ideas to get you started.

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Trails

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Mitchell Creek

Elkwater, Alberta

This trail starts at the south end of Elkwater Campground. Climbing steadily through mixed wood and lodgepole pine forest, the trail ends at Murray Hill Road at the top of the plateau. There is an informal viewpoint one third of the way up, overlooking Elkwater Lake.

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Molar Pass

Lake Louise, Alberta
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Travel into Banff National Park’s wilderness as you rise well above the tree line to an expansive alpine meadow.

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Sunset Pass

Saskatchewan Crossing, Alberta

Climb steadily through a thick forest to reach an expansive meadow atop Sunset Pass. Look west for a panorama of some of the largest peaks in the park, or east into the remote White Goat Wilderness Area.

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Travel Offers

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Canadian Rockies Adventure

The Canadian Rockies surrounding Canmore, Banff and Lake Louise contain a lifetime of walking and hiking opportunities. Explore multi-day comfort hiking with a professional guide. See trip itinerary and inclusion for more details. Select 2017 dates available. Packages include accommodation, some meals and internal transfers.

Expires: 2017-03-06
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Maligne Valley Wildlife & Waterfalls Tour with Guided Lakeshore Hike

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 guided nature walk along the lakeshore at Maligne Lake.

Expires: 2017-07-10
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Summer Solstice Alpine Weekend Mt Athabasca

A great opportunity to climb one of Alberta's highest peaks during the 2017 summer solstice. Saturday will be a skills day which to prepare for Athabasca. Beginner to advanced climbing experience and good fitness required. Valid June 17-18 only. Must mention Travel Alberta to secure this exclusive discount.

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Tours

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Waterton Shoreline Cruise

Waterton, Alberta
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Join us for a scenic cruise from Canada to the United States. Enjoy some of the most spectacular mountain scenery the Rocky Mountains have to offer. View majestic towering cliffs, unique geological formations, beautiful waterfalls, snow clad mountain peaks and the International Border. Bring your camera; tour boats make photographic and wildlife stops. Bald eagle, bear, moose, deer, mountain sheep and mountain goats are often seen. The cruise is accompanied by an informative and entertaining commentary given by experienced local tour guides.The duration of the cruise is 2 and ¼ hours, which includes a ½ hour stop at Goat Haunt

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Shadow Creek Outfitters

Westlock, Alberta

We invite you to come experience some of the best guided trophy hunts for Bear Mule Deer Whitetail Deer Buffalo Moose and Wolf in Alberta Canada. Your host and outfitter Henry Giles brings decades of experience to the table and is absolutely dedicated to making your hunt a sucess.

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Chungo Creek Outfitters

Nordegg, Alberta

Join us for the Rocky Mountain adventure of a lifetime. We provide rustic cabins horseback riding trailrides camping hiking winter activities such as cross country skiing snowshoeing and snowmobiling fishing and big game hunting for all species including Big Horn Sheep. Easy access by vehicle

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Events

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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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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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Parks Day

Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
2017-07-15 to 2017-07-15 MST

Get back to nature this Parks Day at Elk Island National Park. With musical performances, children and adult alike will experience nature like never before. Try your hand at Learn To activities including fire building, pemmican making and canoeing! Come out to Elk Island National Park and experience the great Canadian tradition of a day at the park with your friends and family!

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