It’s time to get out and get active, Calgary. Our city has some pretty spectacular views and from city skylines to forested hikes we have it all. But what lies beyond the city limits is even more breathtaking. If you haven’t gotten the chance to get out and explore hikes outside Calgary we strongly recommend it. In order to make sure you know what you’re doing, we created a list of the six Calgary hiking trails less than one hour away from the city you need to do. 

Calgary was recently hit with a huge snowstorm, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep enjoying the outdoors. 

Fall in Calgary is great because there are tons of things to see and do. From the changing leaves to the chilly weather, it is a great time of year. Just waiting beyond the city limits are some wonderful opportunities to explore. 

We suggest filling the car with gas, grabbing a coffee or two and hitting the road. There are tons of adorable hikes within an hour's drive from Calgary. 

Whether you are looking for something difficult or pet-friendly, these six hikes have you covered. Just be sure to take your camera as you will want to capture these beautiful fall views. 

Rawson Lake 

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 6 KM

Why You Need To Go: This hour long hike will take you to the tip of the lake where you can swim or to the peak of a mountain. Either way, this gorgeous trail is exactly what you need to give you a nice refresh and centre you back to nature. 


Big Hill Springs

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 2.3 KM

Why You Need To Go: This hike is only a short 40-minute drive from Calgary. Located in Cochrane, you will be able to hike this easy trail and see some gorgeous waterfalls. By the way, it’s gorgeous this time of year. 


Grassi Lakes Trail

Difficulty: Easy 

Distance: 4.3 KM

Why You Need To Go: This Canmore trail has one of the most gorgeous lakes we have ever seen. The pictures don’t do it justice so head down there and see for yourself. You’ll be glad you did. 


Nihahi Ridge 

Difficulty: Moderate 

Distance: 9 KM

Why You Need To Go: If you’re looking for a trail for you and your fur baby then this is it. This trail is the best thing to hike in October. The high elevation is iconic and you’ll feel like you’re on the top of the world. 


Three Sisters Pass 

Difficulty: Difficult

Distance: 5 KM

Why You Need To Go: This is for all you experienced hikers out there. This trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing so be sure you have the right skill level. If you do, you will be rewarded with amazing views including waterfalls. 


Elbow Falls 

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 1 KM

Why You Need To Go: This is a short walk but you'll still reap all the rewards of a long hike. Take in the gorgeous fall views and the truly amazing waterfalls. This hidden gem needs to be explored sooner rather than later. 


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