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

A moderately difficult hike, this well-travelled 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.

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.


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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.

After you reach a hairpin turn, go right, over the cattleguard and the texas gate then park wherever you want -but 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