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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 in Jasper National Park
Hiking in Jasper National Park
Hiking near Abbots Pass Hut
Hiking near Abbots Pass Hut

Trails

TransCanada Trail

Slave Lake, Alberta

This 23 kilometre trail follows the shoreline of Lesser Slave Lake and can be accessed from Devonshire Beach, North Shore Day Use Area, the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation and Marten River Campground. The trail gives visitors fantastic views of the lake and surrounding boreal forest. Excellent wildlife viewing opportunities abound on this portion of Canada’s longest continuous recreational 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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Ridgetop Trail

Elkwater, Alberta

This trail parallels the northern edge of the Cypress Hills Plateau. It has spectacular views of the prairie to the north and connects with Highline Trail. The trailhead is just past the Texas gate on Reesor Road (left side of road). Parking is in the corral staging area across the road from the trailhead.

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Travel Offers

Educational Rockies Adventure - Self-Drive

Package includes a fun and exciting scenic float trip down Athabasca River, and an educational guided wildlife viewing hike where you will have the chance to see Jasper's most iconic creatures. Stay at the Astoria Hotel located in the heart of Jasper and enjoy wine or beer upon check in.

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Pick Your DINOmite Deal!

Whether you're travelling with your children this summer or with a friend, we can build a DINOmite deal for you that includes overnight accommodation, deluxe continental breakfast, a tour at Dinosaur Provincial park and more at the Heritage Inn & Suites.

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Mountain Adventure Package

Step into our backyard and create your own mountain adventure. Soak up Lake Louise’s rich mountaineering history by taking a guided hike with one of our knowledgeable guides. Foodies can use the resort credit to dine in one of our restaurants. Subject to availability.

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Tours

West Country Guided Day Hikes

Red Deer, Alberta

Catch some breathtaking scenery and explore the quiet trails of the West Country on our hiking adventures this summer. Head out with our guides to discover the West Country with its canyons, water falls and dramatic landscape. There's no better way to enjoy summer than to get out and play. We've picked signature hikes that represent the best of the West Country, from the Foothills to the Front Range of the Canadian Rockies.

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Tonquin Valley Adventures

Jasper, Alberta
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Ride horseback, hike or cross-country ski through the beautiful Tonquin Valley to this backcountry lodge on the shores of Amethyst Lake in the Canadian Rockies. Multi-day trips can be arranged.

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Glacier Icewalks

Jasper Park, Alberta

Providing guided interpretive glacier walks on the Athabasca Glacier for 30 years.

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Events

Annual Songbird Festival

Slave Lake, Alberta
2017-05-27 to 2017-05-27

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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Smith Geocaching Tour

Slave Lake, Alberta
2016-08-05 to 2017-05-20

Smith Geocaching is Alberta’s First Official Geocaching Tour. Near the Hamlet of Smith and surrounding area there is a variety of geocache locations, ready to be found. From easy to find park-and-grab caches to those that require hiking there is something for everyone. Some are even located along multi-use trails for a day trip. Each year on the May Long Weekend Smith Geocaching holds their Annual Spring Into Summer Event. The Tour is currently being upgraded to incorporate unique and interesting caches.

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