With October in the winds, you may be among the many who are looking for some way to get into the spirit of the season. This fall, breathe in some fresh air, get your steps in and maybe spook yourself silly by taking a walk on the Lille Ghost Town Trail – a 14.8 km hike with some seriously creepy sights worth seeing.

Rated as moderate on AllTrails.com, this mildly trafficked course is located about a few minutes from Crowsnest Pass in Alberta.

Though it is a little ways away from Calgary’s city centre (approximately 2 hours), here you’ll be able to wander right through an actual ghost town, past waterfalls and wildlife and even around a cemetery which is surrounded by yellowing trees and wildflowers.

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The coolest thing that you’ll see on this rocky trek though? Old coke ovens – which were used to convert coal into clean-burning fuel and honestly… just look pretty haunting all run down and abandoned.

This trail, while incredibly scenic is a tad rocky though – so make sure that you wear appropriate footwear and only go between the recommended months of May and October.

On your way to or from the site, don’t forget to check out the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre as well!


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Honestly, folks, while it is a bit of a drive, there are a ton of things to see and do in the area, why not make a day out of it.

To get there, find your way to Blairmore then drive east on Highway 3 until you see the road on the north side. Follow the road up to the Franks Slide Interpretive Centre then past that to the top. This is where you’ll find a hairpin turn.

Go right, over the cattleguard and the texas gate then park wherever you want. Don’t forget to bring water, weather-appropriate clothes and your phone – because you’re going to want to take pictures.

It really is the perfect fall hike, folks, so check it out!


Where: Directions here