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Johnston Canyon Winter Hike- Banff National Park

One of the most pleasant and beautiful times to hike Johnston Canyon is winter when the canyon is blanketed with sparkling snow and towering icicles. Compared to summer, the Johnston Canyon hike has a whole different atmosphere in winter. The scenery is frosty, the trail is quiet, and the two main highlights along Johnston Canyon...

Tunnel Mountain Hike- Banff National Park

Tunnel Mountain Trail is a popular short hike that is easily accessible from the town of Banff. The proximity to downtown makes it a favourite among locals who sprint up the mountain for exercise and tourists who come to enjoy the view from the low summit.  Some sights you can see from the Tunnel Mountain...

Sulphur Skyline Hike- Jasper National Park

Sulphur Skyline Trail is one of the most rewarding hikes in Jasper National Park. On this half-day journey from Miette Hot Springs to the summit of Sulphur Ridge, you’ll pass through a forest and ascend above the tree line to a panoramic viewpoint showcasing the Fiddle River Valley, Utopia Mountain, and Ashlar Ridge.  Sulphur Skyline...

Blakiston Falls Hike- Waterton Lakes National Park

Blakiston Falls Trail is a short, easy hike to a pair of viewpoints that look down on a waterfall dropping into a mountain-framed canyon.  After a brief ascent through the forest, the trail emerges above Blakiston Creek flowing through a gorge then makes its way upstream towards Blakiston Falls. The falls are named after Lieutenant...

Carthew-Alderson Hike- Waterton Lakes National Park

The Carthew-Alderson Trail has a reputation for being one of the most beautiful hikes in Waterton Lakes National Park. On this long day hike, the trail passes through various picturesque landscapes including subalpine forests and meadows, argillite scree slopes, a high ridge, and a pair of lakes nestled in a mountain-framed valley. Since the Carthew-Alderson...

Crypt Lake Hike- Waterton Lakes National Park

The Crypt Lake hike is one of the best known and most popular hikes in Waterton Lakes National Park. The trail obtained international recognition in 2014 when it was named one of the “World’s 20 Most Thrilling Trails” by National Geographic. Crypt Lake Trail achieved this title because of some unique and adventurous features like...

Big Bend Hike- Jasper National Park

The hike to Big Bend in Jasper National Park will take you away from the crowds and deliver you to a peaceful backcountry campground beside the Athabasca River.  The route is along Chaba Trail, an old fire road that gradually descends through the forest towards a bend in the Athabasca River. For a longer hike,...

Arethusa Cirque Hike- Kananaskis Country

Arethusa Cirque Trail in Kananaskis Country is a scenic loop framed by impressive rocky mountains, including its namesake Mount Arethusa. During the Arethusa Cirque hike, you’ll first get to visit a beautiful meadow, then overlook a valley full of larch trees from higher ground. The full Arethusa Cirque route crosses the meadow then proceeds to...

Ptarmigan Cirque Hike- Kananaskis Country

The Ptarmigan Cirque hike is a popular short hike in Kananaskis Country that is known for its wildflowers in early summer and larch trees in the fall. Since Ptarmigan Cirque Trail starts at Highwood Pass, the highest point in Canada accessible by paved road, it offers a quick route into the alpine, reaching an elevation...

South Pocaterra Ridge Hike via Pocaterra Cirque- Kananaskis Country

The Pocaterra Ridge hike is known for being one of the most beautiful autumn hikes in Kananaskis, thanks to a plethora of yellow larch trees, but even in summer the trail delivers an abundance of breathtaking scenery. From high on Pocaterra Ridge Trail you’ll get a 360 degree view of rocky mountain peaks and forested...

Sarrail Ridge Hike via Rawson Lake- Kananaskis Country

The Rawson Lake and Sarrail Ridge hike is a journey that will deliver you to some of the most mesmerizing views in Kananaskis Country.  This two-part hike first arrives at the shore of beautiful Rawson Lake where you’ll be greeted with a commanding view of Mount Sarrail. The second segment climbs steeply on an unofficial...

Rawson Lake Hike- Kananaskis Country

The Rawson Lake hike is a half-day trip to a stunning glacier-carved cirque and alpine lake in Kananaskis Country.  Framed by trees with Mount Sarrail towering at the head of the cirque, there’s plenty of natural beauty to appreciate at the end of Rawson Lake Trail. On a calm morning, the surrounding scenery is perfectly...

Athabasca Falls- Jasper National Park

A trip to Jasper National National Park wouldn’t be complete without visiting Athabasca Falls, one of the most remarkable waterfalls on the Icefields Parkway. On first glance you might not be impressed with its height, at only 23 m tall, but it’s the sheer volume and force of the Athabasca River tumbling over a wide...

Sunwapta Falls Hike- Jasper National Park

Sunwapta Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls along the Icefields Parkway and a must-see attraction in Jasper National Park.  This stepping waterfall on the Sunwapta River consists of two main falls and each is viewed from a separate location. Upper Sunwapta Falls is the most attractive tier and easiest to visit, since it’s...

Chester Lake Hike- Kananaskis Country

The Chester Lake hike in Kananaskis is a popular trail that delivers hikers to a scenic lake nestled below Mount Chester. On route to Chester Lake, the trail passes through forest and meadows while offering views of mountains, larch trees, and distant glaciers. The most unique feature you can see on this hike are the...

Larch Hikes in Kananaskis- Best Trails to See Golden Larch Trees in Fall

Kananaskis Country is an amazing hiking destination, but it’s especially wonderful in the fall when the larch trees change colour to display vibrant golden needles. This unique phenomenon is why the most popular fall hikes in Kananaskis are ones where you can see larch trees from the trail- a.k.a. “larch hikes”. Larch Hikes in Kananaskis ...

Goat Creek Trail- Bike Canmore to Banff

Goat Creek Trail is a scenic route for mountain biking from Canmore to Banff. The path follows nearby Goat Creek, then later beside Spray River as it makes its way through the forest from Spray Valley Provincial Park in Kananaskis to the town of Banff in Banff National Park.  The corridor that Goat Creek Trail...

Kinglet Lake Hike- David Thompson Country

Day hikers, backcountry campers, and fishermen will all find something to enjoy on the Kinglet Lake hike near Nordegg.  The final destination is a peaceful lake where you can savour a picnic lunch, set up camp for the night, and even try your luck at catching some trout from the cool, clear water. While Kinglet...

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