If you're more into beautiful beginner hikes than big backpacks and even bigger blisters, we've got you covered. There are some amazing hikes around Alberta and a lot of them are actually pretty chill. In order to set you off on the right foot, we came up with a list of beginner hikes in Alberta for you to try out. Each one of these hikes has epic views and they each need to be seen with your very own eyes.

Hiking in Alberta is truly an experience. From mountain-top views to gorgeous emerald green lakes, the views are perfect.

The awesome thing is that not all the hikes with the most amazing views are all that difficult. 

Whether you are new to hiking or just like to take it easy, there are tons of amazing beginner hikes around Alberta that are perfect for you.

These hikes are all over the province, so you may need to go on a little road trip to hit them up. 

Grab the friends, fill up the car, and get ready for some memorable adventures. 

Though these aren't among the hardest hikes in the area, it's worth mentioning that there still is a physically challenging factor to some of them. Some have a bit of elevation, others have longer distance.

Do your research and make sure you're comfortable before diving in.

Grassi Lakes 

Distance: 3.8 kilometres

Where: Canmore, AB

Why You Need To Go: This trail is quite popular and is located near Canmore. The emerald lakes are truly incredible and you can even bring your dog on the trail. 


Chester Lake 

Distance: 9.2 kilometres

Where: Kananaskis Improvement District, AB

Why You Need To Go: This moderate hike doesn’t just have walking trails. There is also the opportunity to fish, swim, and in the winter, you can snowshoe. 


Angel Glacier

Distance: 1.6 kilometres

Where: Jasper National Park, AB

Why You Need To Go: This hike is nice and short and has some stunning views of the glacier. Even in the wintertime, this hike is legendary. 


Wilcox Pass

Distance: 8 kilometres

Where: Saskatchewan River Crossing, AB

Why You Need To Go: At the top of the hike are two cute red chairs that are the perfect place to sightsee. Plus, they make for an adorable picture. 


Lake Agnes Trail 

Distance: 6.8 kilometres

Where: Lake Louise, AB

Why You Need To Go: If you’re looking for a waterfall then this hike is for you. Whether you want to get up close and personal with the water or hit up the mountain top, you will have all the views you could want. 


East End Of Rundle

Distance: 11 kilometres

Where: Canmore, AB

Why You Need To Go: Best done in the summer months, this hike will lead you to aerial views like no other. Just look at the photos. Need we say more?


Ha Ling Peak

Distance: 7.8 kilometres

Where: Canmore, AB

Why You Need To Go: This out-and-back trail has a gorgeous river and astounding 360-degree views. When you get to the top be sure to breathe and take it all in. It doesn’t get better than this.


Troll Falls

Distance: 3.4 kilometres

Where: Kananaskis Improvement District, AB 

Why You Need To Go: This hike is easy and doesn’t take long to complete at all. It’s perfect for all seasons but in the winter, all the waterfalls freeze over and it looks like a scene straight from Frozen. 


Johnston Canyon

Distance: 2.4 kilometres

Where: Lake Louise, AB

Why You Need To Go: This hike has an enchanting waterfall perfect for taking nature pictures. Dogs are allowed on this trail so be sure to bring your fur baby. They will enjoy the views just as much as you do. 


Stoney Squaw

Distance: 2.1 kilometres

Where: Banff, AB

Why You Need To Go: It’s a steady uphill climb on this trail, so be prepared to hike. Once you get to the top, you’ll have views of the Bow Valley and the entire town of Banff. 


Boom Lake

Distance: 10.2 kilometres

Where: Lake Louise, AB

Why You Need To Go: This hike is best from June until August when it’s the warmest. We recommend bringing a bathing suit because once you warm up from hiking, the water will feel so refreshing. 


Sunshine Meadows

Distance: 21 kilometres

Where: Banff, AB

Why You Need To Go: This is a long hike but it’s the perfect way to spend a day. The wildflowers and massive trees in the area make for the best views. Though the entire hike is 21 kilometres, you can turn back whenever you like, you'll see tons of wildflowers no matter what.


Elbow Falls

Distance: 2.7 kilometres

Where: Kananaskis Improvement District, AB 

Why You Need To Go: From camping and fishing to geocaching, this hike has it all. There’s also a lovely waterfall that is perfect for taking pictures.


Tunnel Mountain

Distance: 4.6 kilometres

Where: Banff, AB

Why You Need To Go: This is Banff’s smallest summit but it has amazing views of the townsite and surrounding peaks. It’s best to go in the summer months, so start planning your trip. 


Peyto Lake

Distance: 4 kilometres

Where: Lake Louise, AB

Why You Need To Go: The summit gives you a great viewpoint of the water down below. It’s hard to believe how beautiful and blue the water is but trust us, it looks just like this in person.

The Peyto lake trail and viewpoints are closed for rehabilitation until Summer 2021.


Grotto Creek Canyon

Distance: 4.2 kilometres

Where: Municipal District of Bighorn No. 8, AB

Why You Need To Go: This moderate hike includes everything from waterfalls to rock climbing. You might also spot some wildlife.


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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