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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.

OUR VISITORS SAY:

"Mt Edith Cavell...if you don't see this, you haven't been to Jasper...single most breathtaking hike we took in 15 days!" ~ magnolia13

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GET SOCIAL WITH INSTAHIKES

Follow Alberta’s most popular hikes on Instagram for stunning step by step photo journals.

HIKE A WONDERLAND OF WILDFLOWERS

Straddling the Continental Divide in Banff National Park, Sunshine Meadows is one of Canada’s top day hikes.

IN THE SHADOW OF GLACIERS AT MOUNT EDITH CAVELL

Ice-age hiking in Jasper National Park – check this one off your bucket list.

THE SKYLINE TRAIL IS MADE FOR SERIOUS HIKERS

Stretching across alpine ridge tops, the highest backpack in Jasper National Park awaits.

HIKING LARCH VALLEY AND SENTINEL PASS

Wildflowers, wildlife and stunning vistas will steal your breath away on these classic Canadian Rockies hikes.

TEA TIME IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES

Hiking to historic tea houses in the mountains near Lake Louise is a sweet experience.

HIKE INTO KANANASKIS COUNTRY TO DISCOVER TWIN GEMS

Aquamarine Grassi Lakes near Canmore a perfect hike for families, beginners and seasoned mountain lovers.

CRYPT LAKE TRAIL A MUST-DO DAY HIKE

Waterfalls, caves, ladders and peaks make this an iconic Waterton Lakes National Park adventure.

HIKING, HISTORY AND HUNTING FOR DINOSAURS

A guided hike led by famed palaeontologist Philip J. Currie leads to exciting discoveries.

WINTER HIKING IS ALBERTA’S BEST KEPT SECRET

Snow draped hiking trails are spectacular, less travelled and ripe for exploration.

ALBERTA’S GORGEOUS GORGES

Some of the most beautiful viewpoints are best seen from the top or the bottom of a canyon.

TOP SCENIC HIKES IN WATERTON

The smallest national park in the Canadian Rockies offers exceptional scenery and wildlife viewing.
Hiking in Waterton Lakes National Park

HIKING IN WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK

Waterton Lakes National Park in southern Alberta is a haven for wildlife. Enjoy a hiking vacation with safe trails for all skill levels.

SPECTACULAR DAY HIKES IN LAKE LOUISE

Luxury hotels and backcountry retreats complement exceptional hiking in Banff National Park.

ELEVATE YOUR HIKING IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES

Hire a guide to safely explore Alberta’s rugged wilderness and historic alpine hiking huts.
Hiking Abbot Pass in the Canadian Rockies

HIKING ABBOT PASS IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES

High above Lake Louise, Abbot Pass is a bucket list hike - bluebird skies, serrated peaks, glaciers in every direction and a welcoming stone hut at the top.
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