Alberta’s infinite variety of landscapes provides unforgettable treks to satisfy every hiker’s wanderlust. Thousands of kilometres of trails beckon for all abilities, from short easy rambles to bucket list classic hikes and multi-day treks. Alberta’s temperate climate is ideal for hiking, from spring through autumn. Go with a guided well-versed in the area’s history, flora and fauna or hike with a mountaineering club in the high alpine. And don’t forget your camera – this place is a photographer’s dream come true.
Epic scenery awaits your discovery in our protected parks and wildlands. Try heli-hiking in our Canadian Rockies and immerse yourself in the beauty of the backcountry. Encounter remote alpine lakes, cirques and glaciers that most people never see. Discover mountain meadows blanketed in flowers. Add a climb to your hike up Mount Norquay on the Via Ferrata. Or take it easy and ride a gondola up a mountainside, watch for wildlife and take a stroll at the top for 360 degree views of mountain ranges standing sentinel over the valleys below.
Explore the mysterious Canadian Badlands and witness the work of eons of erosion that sculpted this strangely compelling terrain. Under endless prairie skies, wander along dazzling yellow canola fields as far as the eye can see. Experience the peace and silence of a northern boreal forest. Back in the city, follow urban pathways through winding river valleys or take a guided walking tour.
To help inspire your next hiking adventure, we’ve created some InstaHikes – photo journals on Instagram for some of our most popular trails. Follow in the footsteps of our favourite photographers on @InstaHikes as they explore this beautiful land.
We’d love to share in your adventures as well, so when you’re posting your own photos, be sure to use the hashtag #explorealberta. And no need to pack extra gear on your vacation. Hiking equipment rentals are conveniently located.