Many of Alberta's glorious parks and trails are finally open which means we can put Netflix on hold and get outside. There are tons of hikes around Calgary that you need to do if you’re going a little stir crazy. The weather is warming up so now is the perfect time to take in the sun while getting your cardio in. 

Some of the best hiking trails are super close to Calgary. That means you can fill up the car with a tank of gas and get to and from dozens of different hiking spots. 

From waterfalls to mountain top canyon views, we found some hikes around Calgary that you need to do this summer. 

Most of the hikes are easy but a couple are a little bit on the intermediate to difficult side so be sure to do a little extra reseach if you're not familiar with any of the areas. 

Now that provincial parks are open and officials have given us the go-ahead to get out on local trails, you have no excuse to sit at home. 

We know the new season of 13 Reasons Why came out, but it can wait. 

These hikes are calling your name and you would be silly not to answer. 

Treat this as your summer bucket list and you should be able to make the most of this hot weather. 

Johnston Canyon

Length: 5 kilometres 

Address: Bow Valley Pkwy., Improvement District No. 9, AB

Why You Need To Go: Home to one of the world’s natural wonders, this Alberta hike will have you feeling like you’re in a magical land. The trail may be open but Parks Canada wants everyone to stay on the path as there are birds in the area that need to be protected from human disturbance. 


Big Hill Springs

Length: 1.6 kilometres

Address: Cochrane, AB

Why You Need To Go: Filled with wildlife, amazing nature views, and geocaching, this trail is all you need to beat your boredom. You can even bring your dog with you so you won't be alone. 


Prairie Mountain 

Length: 6.4 kilometres 

Address: Kananaskis Improvement, AB

Why You Need To Go: This trail is a little more difficult than the others so if you are new to hiking you may want to pick one of the other beauties. As long as you have the proper gear and some snacks, you should be good to go. There are brightly coloured wildflowers this time of year which really adds to the beauty of the path. 


Horseshoe Canyon 

Length: 2.8 kilometres

Address: Drumheller, AB

Why You Need To Go: This hike is good for all skill levels, so feel free to take the entire family with you. This trail will make you feel like you’re at the grand canyon but it’s right in your own backyard. 


Bow Summit Lookout

Length: 6.6 kilometres

Address: Lake Louise, Alberta 

Why You Need To Go: This is an iconic hike on the Icefields Parkway. The drive to get there is gorgeous but the day hike is even better. There is wildlife in the area so be sure to keep an eye out and take all your garbage with you. 


Bowness Park 

Length: 30 hectares 

Address: Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: If you’re looking for a nice trail but don’t want to travel far, this path is for you. The entire area is 30 hectares and you can pretty much go wherever you want. Bring a picnic and take a break halfway through your walk on one of the many grassy spots. 


 

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