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Hiking Summer Outdoor Activities

Alberta has thousands of kilometres of hiking trails, whatever your flavour. From easy to pro, there’s a hike to get you to your happy place: mountains, grasslands, badlands and forests. Where should we start? • Heli-hiking: Get to the top in seconds and start the hike on a high. With just a short helicopter flight, you'll see hidden alpine lakes and meadows. From there, the guided hike can be as chill or adventurous as you’d like. • Winter hiking: Snowy trails transform Alberta’s best hikes into sparkling new terrain in the winter. Pack a thermos of hot chocolate and let the frosty air urge you up to the next frozen waterfall.

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Glacier Lake

Saskatchewan Crossing, Alberta

Free of snow early in the season, this rolling wooded trail takes you to a picturesque lake set below the peaks that were first seen by early European explorers.

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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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Beaver Creek Loop

Elkwater, Alberta

This trail begins at the southwest corner of Beaver Creek Campground. It winds through poplar and spruce forest past a beaver pond. It ends near the bottom of Old Baldy Campground. The first 0.6 km of this trail (from Beaver Creek Campground to the wooden bridge) is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

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Maligne Valley Wildlife & Waterfalls Tour with Spirit Island Boat Cruise

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

Expires: 2018-10-08
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Siffleur Falls Winter Hike

The most popular hike in David Thompson Country is even better in the winter! Hike along the Siffleur River with canyons, waterfalls and great views of the Canadian Rockies. Lunch, hiking poles, snowshoes, ice cleats, professional guide and transportation from Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House or Nordegg are all included.

Expires: 2018-03-31
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Maligne Lake Premium Cruise

The upgraded Maligne Lake Premium Cruise grants guests extended time on Spirit Island as well as a personal welcome by an Island Host who will introduce the area and offer a private interpretive walk. All guests are free to explore the nature trails and take in the breathtaking scenery.

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Timberwolf Tours

Spruce Grove, Alberta

Offering a variety of guided tours in the Rocky Mountain National Parks of Banff, Jasper and Yoho and in northwestern British Columbia, the Yukon and Vancouver Island, Timberwolf Tours is all about adventure, sightseeing and family fun. Try a two-week camping and hiking tour in Banff and Jasper, fully escorted canoe adventures suitable for beginners, or a 16-day round trip bus tour through BC and Alberta, staying at lovely hotels along the way. Watch for wildlife, meet the locals and experience the magic of Western Canada. Luxury tours are available for small groups.

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Alpine Air Adventures

Banff, Alberta

Alpine Air Adventures specializes in rock climbing, ice climbing, alpine climbing, backcountry skiing and snowboarding, avalanche courses and improvised rope rescue courses. Fully certified IFMGA Mountain Guide and ACMG Guides. AAA offers a variety of private and course based adventures to suit all levels of adventurer.

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Get Outside

Canmore, Alberta
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Get Outside focuses on getting more women outside and changing the way the world views women in the outdoors. Built on fun, challenge, education, and empowerment, Get Outside is driven to help women learn new skills, believe in their ability, and step outside their comfort zone in a safe environment. The goal? build female role models through mentorship, fuelled by passion and curiosity. Believers that winter and summer are equally amazing, Get Outside offers unforgettable, personalized hiking and backpacking adventures all year round! But don't worry men, you can tag along too...sometimes!

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Annual Songbird Festival

Slave Lake, Alberta
2018-05-26 to 2018-05-26 MST

Come celebrate the spring migration in a Boreal Forest. On Saturday, start off with an early morning birding hike 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 participating in a run/walk (5km/10km) departing from the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation at 10 a.m. A great event for nature lovers of all ages.

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Waterton Wildflower Festival

Waterton Lakes, Alberta
2018-06-14 to 2018-06-19 MST

We invite you to step into a wildflower wonderland, a veritable bouquet of wildflowers in the wildflower capital of Canada. The spectacular setting of Waterton Lakes National Park is home to more than 1,000 vascular plant species including half of all wildflower species found in Alberta. Of those, 175 species are listed as rare in Alberta and 20 are only found in Waterton. From beargrass to orchids, pink meadowsweet, and glacier lilies, learn to identify the different species, see wildflowers from horseback, indulge in an afternoon tea with local experts, and learn about wildflower photography and painting. The possibilities and mediums are endless when learning about Waterton wildflowers during the 13th annual Waterton Wildflower Festival. Join us for guided walks, hikes, workshops and presentations. Come celebrate the first day of summer in a World Heritage Site.This festival, a program of the Waterton Park Community Association, features many workshops on photography and art, guided walks on plant identification and park ecosystems, family programs, lunchtime and evening photographic presentations and local entertainment.

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