If you're aching to get out this summer but find the longer hikes intimidating, no need to sweat — literally. This easy hike just outside Calgary is as beautiful as the rest, and it has the bonus of leading to a breathtaking waterfall. Sheep River Falls is a great destination for those of us who aren't cardio-inclined but still want our minds blown by nature.
The trail, which runs roughly half a kilometre in length, should take most hikers around one to two hours to finish. It's great for beginners and features beautiful spots for picture taking.
The best part is it leads to this gorgeous waterfall with super clear waters, including a natural stone outcropping if you're brave enough to dangle over the freezing waters. You'll be treated to a full view of not only the water but the Rocky mountains too.
A bit over an hour's drive from Calgary, this spot in the Kananaskis Improvement District is great for a day trip over the weekend when you're all but sick of city life and aching for some natural air.
While you're there, be sure to explore the rest of Sheep River provincial park.
There are tons of fishing and hiking opportunities in the area, and if you're up for it, you can also camp overnight. Just make sure to reserve your spot online.
The area isn't called Sheep River for nothing — bighorn sheep can often be found roaming around, and there is plenty of other wildlife too.
Alberta's known for its gorgeous waterfalls and stunning scenery, but this place really takes the cake — and unbelievably, hardly anyone knows about it.
There's no better way to impress your friends than to take them to this hidden waterfall in the woods and watch their jaws drop.
Get out and explore the wild this summer while the sun is still out and the weather's warm. This hike promises to be one to remember.
Sheep River Falls
Address: Kananaskis Improvement District, AB
Why You Need To Go: Take a day to explore this super short and simple hike leading to a stunning waterfall that hardly anyone knows about.
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