Alberta has stunning views so unreal that you'll call them photoshopped. From flawless waterfalls and turquoise lakes to wandering trails through unique landscapes, there's no shortage of incredible spots. If you are itching to experience all the breathtaking Alberta hikes first hand, then this list of must-do hikes will make you want to get outside as soon as possible.

After spending so much time indoors, you might find yourself dreaming about soaking up the sunshine on a nature trail with your BFF.

No matter your fitness level, from avid hiker to someone who gets tired in minutes, we have something for everyone. 

There are not-to-miss strolls that will take you to a waterfall and another that will make you feel like your in the Virgin Islands because of the sparkling turquoise water.

To help you start planning on where to go, we've gathered up a list of some of the best hikes that you need to experience. 

Before you rush to put on your running shoes, make sure to check for government updates and local park websites to make sure you're good to hit the trails.

It is time to get started on your hiking bucket list and start dreaming about all the places you'll explore soon. Here are 12 of the most amazing Alberta hikes you'll want to hit ASAP:

 

East End of Rundle

Price: Free

Address: Spray Valley Provincial Park, Kananaskis, AB

Why You Need To Go: While this 5.6-kilometre steep trek will cause you to break a sweat, you'll get to enjoy some jaw-dropping mountain top vistas. 


Upper Kananaskis Lake

Price: Free

Address: Upper Kananaskis Lake, Kananaskis, AB

Why You Need To Go: You don't need to be an avid hiker to enjoy this easy 7.7-kilometre hike that will take you next to the sparkling water of Upper Kananaskis Lake.


Beaver Boardwalk

Price: Free

Address: 408 Collinge Rd., Hinton, AB

Why You Need To Go: This boardwalk is a relaxing stroll that will take you over the water. If you are lucky, you might even spot beavers working on their dam.


Hoodoos Trail

Price: Free

Address: Hoodoos Trail, Improvement District No. 9, AB

Why You Need To Go: Following the quick and painless loop trail, you'll walk past towering white sandstone columns. 


Eiffel Lake Trail

Price: $10.00 a day pass

Address: Banff National Park, Improvement District No. 9, AB

Why You Need To Go: It is a relatively easy trail as there is little elevation gain and will give you panoramic views of the lake and Valley of the Ten Peaks. The entire journey will take you roughly 4.5 hours round trip.


Ha Ling Peak

Price: Free

Address: Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park, 1988 Olympic Way, Canmore, AB

Why You Need To Go: Skip a day at the gym and instead enjoy this hiking path in late spring to early fall. The 7.9-kilometre route will provide a challenge but will give you Instagram worthy mountain peak views.


Stoney Squaw

Price: $10.00 a day pass

Address: Stoney Squaw Mountain, Improvement District No. 9, AB

Why You Need To Go: On the 2.1-kilometre hike you'll reach one of the highest and easily reached lookouts in Banff.


Tunnel Mountain

Price: $10.00 a day pass

Address: Improvement District No. 9, AB

Why You Need To Go: It is a short and sweet hike to a lookout of the town of Banff that is perfect for enjoying with your BFF.


Grassi Lake

Price: Free

Address: Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park

Why You Need To Go: It is a gorgeous loop trail next to turquoise water that looks like it could belong in the Caribbean.


Galatea Creek Trail

Price: Free

Address: Turner Valley, AB

Why You Need To Go: Head here from June until September to enjoy this path that takes you over a bridge and past two lakes.


Bow Lake Lookout

Price: Free

Address: Hwy 93 N., Improvement District No. 9, AB

Why You Need To Go: You'll get to enjoy the views of the Peyto Lake, which just get more beautiful the further you walk.


Troll Falls

Price: Free

Address: Troll Falls, Kananaskis, AB

Why You Need To Go: It is a super simple hike that will reward you with taking you up close to a waterfall.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.



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