Alberta has thousands of kilometres of outstanding hiking trails
. One of the rewards of exploring them is beholding some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Visitors can satisfy their wanderlust and live in the moment on great hikes that offer spectacular views.
Banff National Park
Unforgettable views of Lake Louise, Mount Lefroy, Mount Victoria and the Victoria Glacier make the Plain of Six Glaciers
hike one of the classics of the Canadian Rockies. A bonus feature is the seasonally operational tea house at the end of the trail, originally built by Swiss guides in 1924.
Jasper National Park
Hikers in the Mount Edith Cavell Area
can take the paved Path of the Glacier which leads to a breathtaking viewpoint overlooking Cavell Pond and Angel Glacier spreading her wings beneath the towering Mount Edith Cavell. Catch this place in early summer and you may see an avalanche from the safety of the trail.
Waterton Lakes National Park
It’s windy at the top, but the views down the length of Upper Waterton Lake are truly spectacular from this rocky plateau that resembles a grizzly bear’s signature hump and is known locally as Bear’s Hump
. Definitely worth the effort.
In the heart of the badlands, Dinosaur Provincial Park
is home to the richest dinosaur fossil beds in the world. The short 1.3 km (0.8 mi) Badlands Trail
yields gorgeous views of maroon striped canyons as you wind around sandstone pinnacles and ridges, where wind-eroded hoodoos stand like sentinels on a surreal moonscape.