Hello, nature lovers! Edmonton’s summer is in full swing and after months of being cooped up in the city it’s high time to get outdoors. After all, some of the best hiking trails you’ll find just about anywhere are in the province, so now is as good a time as any to take advantage of them. But, you’ll have to do that safely. That’s precisely why we’ve teamed up with Mark’s to put together this little list of some fantastic hikes in Alberta.
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Elk Island National Park is famous for its wildlife sightings and wide open spaces, and hiking Wood Bison Trail will give you ample opportunity to explore both. You’ll trek through the forest, catch glimpses of lakes, and hopefully snag a peek at the many bison, elk deer, and birds around!
Where: Near Sandy Beach, AB
Duration: 15.9 km
Winding through a variety of habitats, you’ll catch glimpses of diverse plants and wildlife. Running adjacent to Long Lake, It’s a long trek, but well worth escaping the city for it. You’ll only gain 337m in elevation, so it’s a great hike to bring your pup along for (if they’re up for it!).
Where: Near Thorhild County, AB
It’s clear why this hike is a Jasper favourite. You’ll traverse through floral meadows, glacier path and of course the Rockies. If you do wish to ascend to the summit, be prepared for a tricky and steep route. But, the payoff is well worth it for a view that includes Angel Glacier and its moraine lake.
Where: Improvement District No. 12
The variety of ecosystems you’ll walk through makes this hike super unique, however, although it’s rated as moderate, it might be a little easy for some. Hey, what’s most important is getting out and about in nature, right?! You’ll loop around three different lakes, making for a beautiful terrain that’s actually ideal for cross country skiing in the winter!
Where: Bunchberry Meadows Conservation Area, Access off RR 221 and Ball Dr
Another Elk Island National Park trail, because why not? The wildlife and scenery is hard to beat, and while crossing the black spruce bog you’ll spot some moose or boreal birds. When you get to the meadows, keep your eyes peeled! You might get lucky enough to catch sight of the many bison inhabiting the area.
Where: Near Improvement District No. 13
Duration: 11.9 km
Saving the hardest for last. With an elevation gain of over 1000m, this definitely isn’t an easy jaunt. but don’t let that discourage you. The hike is worth it, going from alpine meadows lush with wildflowers, to a scramble up to the summit.
Where: Near Greenview No. 16
There you have it, folks! Don’t forget to check trail conditions before you head out, and always make sure someone back home knows where you’ll be going. Happy hiking!