Easy trails with incredible views right in Calgary's backyard

Calgarians are fortunate to have the Rocky Mountains practically at our doorstep, and many locals make it a habit to get out to the mountains and enjoy some fresh air, sunshine and a stroll through the Alberta wilderness. There are so many hiking spots to choose from that it can be difficult to make a decision on where to go first, especially if you are bringing the whole family, or are unsure about your skill level or physical fitness. Fortunately, there are plenty of day trips that can offer the picturesque views of the Rocky Mountains and the breadth of the Canadian wilderness without the challenge of free-climbing a mountain. These four hikes provide a glimpse into what the Rocky Mountains have to offer, can be completed by hikers of any skill level, and provide some excellent photo-taking opportunities!

Photos by Jodi Brak and Deanna Tucker.

Published on July 11, 2016.

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Adventurous hikers can make their way below Elbow Falls for a different perspective of the beautiful scene, and continue along the riverbed for great views of the cliffs surrounding the area. Photo by Jodi Brak