The Best Scenic Hikes Close to Calgary

Calgary is an amazing city because it has so much to offer its residents. Situated in the heart of the foothills it’s so easy to escape into the surrounding wilderness and soak in the abundant natural beauty on the city’s doorstep.

Here is a list of the best scenic hikes in close proximity to our Cedarglen Living communities.

Paskapoo Slopes:
For this one, you don’t even need to leave the city. Paskapoo Slopes offers an opportunity to explore an urban wilderness area. The trail can be busy, but the area has a fascinating history and excellent views of the city skyline and WinSport (formerly Calgary Olympic Park).

Weaselhead Flats:
The Weaselhead is a moderately trafficked trail located close to Calgary that offers scenic views for all skill levels. This is a great hike for your four-legged friend to join you (on leash).

Big Hill Springs:
An easy and fun escape for the entire family. The highlight of this hike is the fresh-water spring running throughout, complete with idyllic little waterfalls. Pack a lunch and enjoy the picnic area located at the base of the hike.

Jewel Pass:
From the turquoise blue waters of Barrier Lake to the jagged peaks framing secluded Jewel Falls, this trail offers something for everyone. Go counter clockwise for the easier route or clockwise for the harder route. But don’t worry, both ways offer the same spectacular view.

Grassi Lakes Trail:
This is a must-do hike for all skill levels. Home to some of the clearest water Alberta has to offer, Grassi Lakes, located just outside Canmore is sure to leave you mesmerized and longing to revisit again and again.

Looking for more of an adventure? This one is for you. Rated as an advanced hike, the iconic Yamnuska trail actually has a chain to hang onto in order to cross a skinny ledge. (Crazy, right?) This hike is sure to give you that adrenaline rush you’re seeking.

Grotto Canyon:
A popular hiking spot and home to the Rat’s Nest Cave. This trail has mysterious drawings on the rock walls that are said to be between 500 and 1,000 years old. Will you be able to spot them?

So, take advantage of Calgary’s enviable location and surrounding natural areas this summer and trade in your TV remote for your hiking shoes. Take the time to reconnect with nature, your family, and your soul while you explore the myriad of treasures located right in your own backyard.