Things To Do In Alberta
Spectacular hikes in the Rockies, scenic trails, boating on beautiful
lakes, skiing at the best resorts ... Alberta has many things to do
for the outdoor enthusiast. Get out there and enjoy everything Alberta has to offer.
Opened in August 2011, Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
has over 1300 hectares of rolling hills and river flatlands on the banks of the Bow River. Over 25 kilometers
of walking and biking trails weave through this park in Southern Alberta.
This is one of the most scenic and outstanding backpacking trips in Kananaskis.
Aster Lake is located within a spitting distance of the Alberta/BC border and offers
a variety of terrain including mountains, meadows, steep alpine slopes and placid lakeshore.
This glacier hike in Kananaskis, Alberta, takes hikers into the front range of the Rocky Mountains. You'll be
rewarded with one of the last glacial views on the eastern slopes.
Elbow Lake is a short but steep hike in Kananaskis, Alberta. It's scenic beauty is well worth the effort to get here!
This hiking trail is difficult but short and is suitable for people of all fitness levels. I've seen families with
small kids and grandparents navigate the trail as well as eager anglers hauling up their fishing gear. It makes for
a perfect hike when taking a day trip from Calgary along Highway 40.
Hidden Lake was appropriately named because it should remain out of sight. Located in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, about 1:30 hours west of Calgary,
this is a strenuous hike to a rather unremarkable lake - yup, I try not to be negative, but such a heart-pounding climb to
a boring pond-like lake just doesn't seem worth it (yet, here I am writing about it!).
Most people canít imagine sailing amongst the foothills of southern Alberta, but when the wind blows along
Ghost Lake, 18 kilometers west of Cochrane Alberta, it makes for a perfect outdoor adventure on the footsteps
of the Rocky Mountains.
After years of being turned away by foraging black bears, we finally managed to hike the Red Rock Canyon
in Waterton National Park. A short self-guided hiking path takes visitors on an educational tour of the
geological and human history of this brightly coloured canyon.
I had a great weekend fishing in Alberta. With the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, I launched my boat on Upper Kananaskis
Lake, 1.5 hours west of Calgary and cast my reel. Despite only catching a single fish, the spectacular scenery, fresh
mountain air and the absolute quiet made it an incredible summer day.
This walking hiking tour around Upper Kananaskis Lake is an outdoor adventure that people of all fitness
levels can enjoy. The easy trail goes around the shoreline of this man-made lake and takes hikers through
Douglas Fir forests, conifer groves and even an old rock slide.
After a very wet spring in southern Alberta, summer had finally arrived at the lower elevations.
Surprisingly, winter still had its firm grip at 2225 m/7300 ft when I went hiking to Chester Lake
in Kananaskis, Alberta in late June.
After a winter of record snowfall in the Canadian Rockies, we had to wait until mid-July for our first outdoor
adventure of the summer season in Banff National Park. We decided to go boating on Lake Minnewanka, the largest
lake in the Canadian Mountain Parks.
Mount Norquay is a towering Rocky Mountain peak just outside of the town of Banff, Alberta in Banff National Park.
It is home to the Mount Norquay Ski Resort which was the first ski hill in Canada to install a chairlift in 1948.
This isn't one of the largest ski resorts in Canada, but with good snow and lots of black diamond runs, this is
a challenging resort for even the most advanced skiers and snowboarders.
Alberta has 6 Rocky Mountain ski resorts. Not surprisingly, the Castle Mountain Ski Resort is perhaps the
least known of them all but it's not the smallest! Tucked in the southwest corner of the province, itís a
secluded powder haven thatís quiet, uncrowded and perhaps one of Albertaís best kept skiing secret.
Skiing in Banff, Alberta doesn't get any better than Sunshine Village. This mountain jewel offers excellent scenery,
snow and skiing and has three mountain faces to ski. It takes more than one ski-trip to fully explore this ski resort!
Skiing Lake Louise is popular for a reason! With dry, soft snow and classic Rocky Mountain scenery, skiing in
Canada doesn't get much better than this. The short lift lines and long runs make the Lake Louise ski resort
the most popular in Alberta.
The Rawson Lake Trail is an easy hike to a scenic and secluded mountain lake in Kananaskis Country, Alberta.
Perched in the front ranges of the Rocky Mountains, the Rawson Lake hike is a 5 kilometer trek with a rewarding
view of a picturesque green lake at the base of a towering peak - a quinessential Canadian postcard picture.
We've been hiking in Kananaskis, Alberta for the past 15 years. As weekend warriors, exploring the front ranges
of the Rocky Mountains was an escape from the urban world of Calgary. With no particular adventure in mind, we
were content with just the popular trails forest trails, enjoying the quinessential Canadian scenery. And then
we heard about the Carnarvon Lake hike.
Located in and around Banff National Park, the Sunshine, Lake Louise and Nakiska Ski Resorts have some of the best
downhill skiing in Alberta. These resorts have lots of terrain and use the latest high-speed, high capacity chairlifts.