It's time to escape to nature, so grab your hiking shoes! We know where to find a hidden waterfall, only a short drive from the city. This is one of the best hikes near Calgary since it's just over one hour away and takes you to a plunging waterfall and a crystal clear lake.\nIn one afternoon, you can visit the turquoise waters of Elbow Lake and Edworthy Falls. Your 9.7-kilometre adventure will begin at the Peter Lougheed Provincial Park and continue into Elbow-Sheep Wildland Provincial Park.\nEditor's Choice: Everything Coming To Netflix Canada In August 2020\nBut before you start the car to go, take a look at your feet. It better not be some cute strappy sandals or leather slides you are wearing.\nYou'll need to dust off your hiking boots or some other type of waterproof shoes with good grip.\nChanged shoes? Great, now you're ready to park your car at the Elbow Pass Day Use parking area and follow the Elbow Pass Trail.\nThe good news is you can get the most challenging part over at the start while you have the most energy and then it's nice and flat. You'll need to go uphill along a super steep path until you reach the campground.\nView this post on Instagram Take me back to happier, sunnier times by the lake 😍. . #canada #travelalberta #elbowlake #summer #tb A post shared by Rachel McGibbon (@rachel_mcgibbon) on Jan 6, 2018 at 5:06pm PST\nIt should take you around 20 minutes. The route begins at the calm lake and ends at the waterfall that falls into a mini pool.\nBut that doesn't mean the middle section will be boring. You'll follow along Elbow River next to old towering evergreen trees.\nThen you'll get to see picture-perfect flowering meadows and enjoy Tombstone Mountain views.\nYou'll need to cross a few shallow mini creeks, so unless you have waterproof shoes, your feet might get wet.\nFinally, to get down to the waterfall, make sure to go slowly downhill. You'll want to take a seat, dive into your snack and savour the sight of the cascading water into the aqua pool.\nOnce you're ready to go home, follow the way you came. Or, you can always extend your stay and camp at Elbow Lake for $12 a night.\nEdworthy Falls And Elbow Lake\nPrice: Free\nAddress: Kananaskis Trail, Kananaskis, AB\nWhy You Need To Go: You can find a secret waterfall and a bright blue lake in one afternoon.\n View this post on Instagram Edworthy Falls in Kananaskis Country 🇨🇦 Las cascadas de Edworthy se ve bien para nadar pero demasiado frío 🥶 A post shared by Cari Del 👣🇨🇦 (@cariwanders) on Jul 12, 2020 at 6:43pm 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.