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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
Hiking Grassi Lakes Canmore
Grassi Lakes, Canmore

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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Upper Hot Springs Trail

Banff, Alberta

Climb through a spacious lodgepole pine forest on your way to enjoy a soak in the Banff Upper Hot Springs, a ride on the Banff Gondola or for further hiking up Sulphur 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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Abbott Pass Classic Alpine

This trip is perfect for intermediate alpine climbers looking for some of the most classic alpine climbs in the Canadian Rockies. Over two nights and three days starting from Lake O’Hara we will make our way up to the National Historic Site of the Abbott Pass Hut. Valid select weekends.

Expires: 2017-06-19
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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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Skyline Trail

The Skyline Trail (44 km/27 miles) 3 days, 2 nights. Key features: almost half the trail is above treeline, small group sizes (6 guests maximum), specially prepared food, alpine experienced guides, transfers provided, gear provided or available for rent.

Expires: 2017-05-01
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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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Good Friend Guides

Calgary, Alberta

Take part in one of our day hikes. We are licensed through Parks Canada. Our guides have been trained through the Interpretive Guides Association and we hold first aid certificates. Our guided hikes are meant for all ages and all levels of experience.

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Lens on Nature - Waterton

Waterton, Alberta

Lens on Nature’s mission is to enable our guests to explore the hidden gems of the Canadian Rockies, providing them the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in their adventure and experience its amazing landscapes, wildlife and rich culture and history. Lens on Nature offers carefully created, professionally guided two or three day hiking adventures to the most awe-inspiring places in Waterton Lakes National Park. With each trip, guests live the adventure knowing they will have a collection of impactful and inspiring images in a professionally designed hard cover book that captures a sense of authenticity and emotion their adventure.

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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

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114th Anniversary of the Frank Slide

Crowsnest Pass, Alberta
2017-04-29 to 2017-04-29 MST

Special presentations will take place throughout the day highlighting the amazing story of the 1903 Frank Slide. While here enjoy our two award winning audio-visual presentations. 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.

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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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