There is no shortage of gorgeous day trips in the province and this one proves it. The Cat Creek waterfall hike is so easy, but the end result is worth way more than the effort put in. After an hour or so of walking, you'll arrive at a magical waterfall and pool of turquoise water.\nIn terms of beginner trails, there's likely none better in the province than this — a 2.6-kilometre hike near the Kananaskis Improvement District.\nJust an hour and a half drive outside Calgary, this adventure is perfect for a hot summer's day.\nEditor's Choice: You Can Hike These Magical Sand Dunes In Saskatchewan And Feel Like You're In Morocco\nThe walk is shaded by trees and comes with plenty of lookout points to fully take in the scenery.\nIt follows along a creek part of the way and crosses the water several times over wooden bridges. The trail is mostly uphill, with a 150-metre elevation gain — but it's a gentle incline.\nFinally, you'll end at a clearing. There you'll discover the picturesque six-metre tall waterfall trickling down into a rock basin where it forms a pool of emerald water. Other than admiring the falls, this is a great spot to sit and enjoy a picnic.\nView this post on Instagram This falls is so underrated and deserved to be recognized. I recommend everyone to go here and enjoy how peaceful, QUIET and clean this place is. ❣️ As a future environmental engineer, I am hoping that it will remain the same after so many years. ☺️ A post shared by Reina Aira Ronquillo (@breathlessreina) on Aug 1, 2020 at 8:59pm PDT\nBicycling and horse-riding are also allowed on the trail. It's quite popular with dog-walkers as well — just note that it's on-leash only.\nView this post on Instagram August long hiking #CatCreekTrail with @calemarklund ❤️. We met a wonderful group of people on the trail who offered to take endless pictures for us! . . . #catcreekfalls #kananaskis #kananaskiscountry #highway40 #cowboytrail #hiking #augustlong #alberta #getoutside #mountains #waterfall A post shared by Crystal Bartkowski (@crystal_bartkowski) on Aug 7, 2018 at 12:45pm PDT\nOnce you've finished the 1.3-kilometre trek to the waterfall, it's time to head back the way you came. Make sure you savour the views over the Highwood Valley on the way down.\nThis hike is so quick and easy that there's no excuse not to go out for an excursion on a sunny Saturday afternoon.\nCat Creek Trail\nAddress: Kananaskis Improvement Area, AB\nWhy You Need To Go: This short and sweet hike is perfect for beginners and leads you to a jaw-dropping waterfall.\n View this post on Instagram 08•01: Started the month at Cat Creek Waterfall with cousins, a friend, and my loyal fur baby 🥰. Definitely a place where you have to take your shoes off and stay a while ☺️. • #explore #hike #getout #hikealberta #explorealberta #family #friend #myaspen #furbaby #fourleggeddaughter #waterfall #tyl 🙏🏼 A post shared by Ana De Dios 🍌 (@tattooedbanana) on Aug 8, 2020 at 9:29am PDT\n\nWebsite\n\n\nWe 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 and obey any local laws.