Looking to explore something truly spectacular to close out the summer season? Check out Red Rock Canyon in Alberta, a natural treasure where vibrant rocks, blue sky and lush vegetation can be enjoyed on foot or from a picnic blanket.

Located about 3 hours south of Calgary in Waterton National Park, Red Rock’s day-use area is currently under construction but makes for a stunning destination – especially in the warmer months.

Just as its name would imply, this unique pathway winds through a deep set canyon surrounded by bright red formations on either side – but that’s not all that it’s known for.

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The canyon also has waterfalls and a stream where colourful pebbles can be seen clear as day.

The best part? The main trail to the day use area is pretty easy and can be travelled by almost everyone, including dogs and kids – in fact, most would consider this a leisurely walk as opposed to a proper hike.

If however, you’d like a bit of a challenge, we’d recommend Goat Lake, Avion Ridge or the Tamarack Trail, which can be accessed from the Red Rock or along the parkway.

Either way, don’t forget to bring snacks or to take a few photos of the canyon – it really is something else and should not be missed by locals and visitors alike.


Where: Waterton Park, AB – See directions here