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Hiking

About Hiking

Canada has thousands of kilometres of hiking trails to accommodate different types of needs and abilities. From easy, wide, flat trails through alpine forests to harder, winding trails with steep mountain inclines, there’s a guided hike that will bring you to your happy place. Here, you can hike mountains, grasslands, badlands, forests and beyond. 

Summer Hiking 01 Sunshine Meadows Credit Travel Alberta  John Price

For the Day or a Stay

Hiking can be accomplished in a couple of hours, a full day trip or even over multiple days. There are various locations across Canada that allow a person to view breathtaking scenery on a short or a long trip. There are hundreds of options for backcountry hiking trails, but be aware that overnight trips typically require permits.

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Hiking in Every Season

If you have the proper gear, then hiking can be done in any season. Winter is a wonderful time of the year to explore nature on a less crowded trail. Snow covered landscapes transform trails into beautiful new terrain, waiting for your tracks to set. Dress warm and pack a thermos and snacks so you can perch yourself along the trail to enjoy the spectacular views and the crisp air.

Heli Tour Canadian Rockies Credit Banff Lake Louise Tourism

Get Off the Beaten Path

Heli-hiking offers you an aerial view of the pristine landscape before you reach the wild and remote location. With ease, you have reached new heights that allow you to discover hidden alpine lakes, meadows, glaciers and natural formations. Far from other hikers and signs of civilization, this trek through the Canadian wilderness is as remote and comfortable as you can get.

Tours with Hiking

Leave the crowds behind and go on an adventure! This tour offers a taste of some of the outdoor experiences that the Yukon has to offer. This active 6 day 5 night package departs from Whitehorse.
Enjoy an incredible Rocky Mountain experience, travel to the iconic sites, and discover hidden gems in the Jasper and Banff National Parks. This 9 day, 8 night package is accessible daily.
Enjoy truly Canadian experiences with bucket list views. Discover what makes Alberta so unique and explore the Rockies like you’ve only dreamt. This 9 day, 8 night package is accessible daily.

Build Your Own Hiking Tour

Let’s make a trip that’s uniquely yours! You decide how long, which activities, number of inclusions, everything. Start planning now and make your dream trip a reality.

Staff Picks

Mount Edith Cavell

An impressive 3,300-metre peak in Alberta. The accessible Cavell area offers fragrant subalpine forest, numerous hiking trails that allow you access to flowery alpine meadows and spectacular views of Mt. Edith Cavell and the Angel Glacier.

Badlands

Badlands are a dramatic landform created by wind and water erosion. They are found across Canada, most notably in Alberta. Their deep, narrow and winding gullies offer networks of trails and paths to explore.

Takakkaw Falls

Located in Yoho National Park in BC, this is the second tallest waterfall in Canada. "Takakkaw" translates to "magnificent” in Cree.

ADVENTURE

Benefits

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It's Excercise

Hiking is great for cardiovascular health. It increases your heart rate and strengthens your lungs. Exercise also helps your brain thanks to the extra oxygenation that comes with it.

Winter Hike Lake Minnewanka Banff Credit Paddy Pallin 01

Mental Boost

Hiking in nature makes you feel better emotionally. It reduces unpleasant feelings and the production of stress hormones. Connecting with the natural environment improves mental health and wellbeing. 

Summer Hiking 18 Banff Blackrock Mountain Ghorst River Area of the East Banff Ranges Credit AV Wakefield @picobac

Lift Self-Esteem

Hiking can be a challenge. That sense of accomplishment can lead to an improvement in self-esteem. Hiking can make you to feel stronger, independent, more capable, and ready to take on the world.

Essential Gear and Equipment

You don’t need a lot of equipment to go out on an easy hike around the lake near your accommodations. But if you are heading into the backcountry for a few hours or longer, you need to have the basic essentials to ensure you are participating safely. Hiking boots, first aid kit, breathable layered clothing, navigation, food, water, knife, fire starter, communication, and a backpack are all suggested when venturing off into the wilderness. 

Tips

Anytime you decide to go explore nature, you should…

  • Check the weather.
  • Research the area and take a map with you. 
  • Carry the proper gear for the experience.
  • Bring extra food.
  • Tell someone where you are going.
  • Check with the Parks or tourism office for closures and wildlife updates. 
  • Make noise on the trail and carry bear spray.
  • Follow the Leave No Trace principles.
  • Do not feed, touch or approach wildlife.
Fall Hiking 01 Banff Credit Paddy Pallin

Resources

Did You Know?

The Great Trail in Canada is recognized as the world’s longest recreational hiking trail. It consists of a series of  routes that stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans. Stretching 27,000 kilometers, it travels through diverse terrain and visits the entire country.

Fall Hiking 03 Kananaskis Credit Travel Alberta AV Wakefield

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