Everyone already knows how gorgeous Alberta is. But did you know you don’t have to travel all around the province to find iconic hikes? There are incredible trails right in your backyard that are just begging to be explored. We rounded up a whole list of summer hikes around Alberta that are just around an hour's drive from Calgary. 

Getting the best views in the province doesn’t mean you have to travel for hours on end.

Just a short drive from downtown Calgary is home to some of the best hikes our province has. 

We came up with a list of eight hikes that you need to add to your summer bucket list. 

From waterfalls to mountain top views, these hikes have it all and we know you've been dying to get out and stretch those legs. 

These trails range in length so whether you're looking for an afternoon activity or an all-day adventure, there's something on the list for you.

Some are even dog friendly so it’s time to dust off Fido’s leash. 

Whether you want to take in these magical trails on your own or with a group of people, all you need to do is fill the car with gas and hit the open road. 

Not only are the hikes something to write home about, but the drive itself is always worth it. 

Take your time getting there and make sure you admire all the beautiful views. 

Oh, and don’t forget your camera. 

Ha Ling Peak

Length: 7.6 kilometres

Address: Kananaskis, AB

Why You Need To Go: If you’ve ever wanted to feel like a bird, then this is the hike for you. You will literally be above the clouds and on a clear day, you can see for miles. The hike can be reached through Canmore. Be repaired, there's some serious elevation gain.

East End of Rundle 

Length: 5.6 kilometres

Address: Canmore, AB

Why You Need To Go: Also called EEOR, this out and back trail is dog friendly which means you don’t have to hike alone. It’s a steep trail so be prepared to get your daily cardio in.

Jewell Pass

Length: 13.8 kilometres

Address: Canmore, AB

Why You Need To Go: The views will have you surrounded by mountain tops as you look down on a massive body of water. It’s a super popular trail so you know it’s worth it. It's important that this is a long hike, so check the trail reports and the suggested packing lists.

Grassi Lakes Trail 

Length: 4.3 kilometres

Address: Canmore, AB

Why You Need To Go: Good for all skill levels, this hike will lead you to an iconic emerald lake. The pictures of the lake are amazing and yes, it looks like this in person.

Mount Lady Macdonald

Length: 9.8 kilometres

Address: Canmore, AB

Why You Need To Go: This trail will make you feel like you’re on top of the world. The lookout gives you the ultimate birds-eye view and you truly haven't been to Alberta if you haven't done this hike.

Grotto Canyon

Length: 7.1 kilometres

Address: Municipal District of Bighorn No. 8, AB

Why You Need To Go: This hike is iconic because it mixes your full-body workout in with a little bit of history. The limestone walls have actual pictographs on them. Just be sure to keep your distance and to only look with your eyes as oils from your hands can ruin the paintings.

Wind Ridge Trail

Length: 16.7 kilometres

Address: Canmore, AB

Why You Need To Go: This hike may be the hardest on the list but the views are worth it. Featuring a massive river, this long trek will take you up high for mountain top views then back down where you can gaze upon a massive body of water.

Big Hill Springs

Length: 1.6 kilometres

Address: Cochrane, AB

Why You Need To Go: This 1.6-kilometre hike is near Cochrane and it's gorgeous. Sporting a massive waterfall, this trail is the perfect way to waste away an afternoon. It'll make you feel like you’re in a magical rainforest.

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