Explore the most popular river trails in Alberta with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

trail running
4 hours ago

beautiful.

go into the river cafe to drink a coffee.

snowshoeing
8 hours ago

This was an amazing trail to snowshoe. We arrived at 7.45am and were the only two on the trail until the last kilometre or two. It was so peaceful. I’m not a fit person so was worried I wouldn’t manage this hike, however, I managed it well with regular breaks! It took us about 5 hours to complete (baring in mind my fitness, stopping for photos, one proper 15 minute break for tea and walking through deep snow). My legs were killer by the end!

A lot of it was pathed for us by previous snowshoers, however, the path suddenly stopped and we ended up fending for ourselves for a while and took a couple of wrong turns. Thankfully the app helped us get back on track. The full thing ended up taking us 13km!

The sites were insanely beautiful. Particularly at sunrise. Ending at the river was a treat and a nice way to finish. Will definitely be back in the summer!

Side note - the camping parking lot was closed. We ended up ditching the car by the gate and this seemed to be ok as when we returned there were 6-7 cars there too.

Easy. Did this in winter and very chill walk, not really a hike. Great views and nice when you have the trail to yourself in winter.

Great views a
on the return

The weather was nice ! Trail was not busy at time we were there . I love the fact that people who had their dogs were on leashes . I really enjoyed the hike to the lower falls .

snowshoeing
5 days ago

Feb 1st 2017 • Lots of snow, snowshoes needed. Lots of elevation gain at the beginning but well worth the work. Levels out to some amazing views!

Beautiful scenery, particularly on a sunny day after a snowfall.

hiking
13 days ago

scenic driving
14 days ago

Drive from Lake Louise to the Athabaska Glacier and hiked to the toe of the Glacier. Loved it

hiking
19 days ago

Really nice trail, with nice views of the Elbow river valley. Trail was a bit icy today; but, not a real problem with ice cleats. Will definitely check it out again during the summer hiking season. Would also be a nice snowshoeing trail once the snow returns.

Did this hike late in January! Managed to complete the entire loop and it wasn't too bad. The ascent up to Mt Loder isn't that bad but there is some steep parts. There wasn't much snow on that side of the mountain which made scrambling fairly easy. However once I started down the other side towards the valley you could tell that's where the snow collected. Was mostly me sliding/falling/cursing my way down.

Once I was into the valley it looked like I was the first person to attempt it in the winter months as there was no tracks. This was probably the worst part as you had to walk on the snow covered river and had no way to tell if the snow was 6 inches deep or 6 feet. Many times I fell through and sunk in up to my waist.

Once I got to a beaten trail by the canyon walk it's fairly easy from there, I jogged the rest of the way back.

Completed this hike in 4:45 with a lunch break, however I did shave some time off sliding down half the mountain.

I also lost my poles somewhere on the descent into the valley, if you find them please reach out and return!

Philipcsetter@gmail.com
Thank you!

hiking
26 days ago

Definitely the best hiking trail in Jasper. We went on January 22, 2018. Seeing the frozen waterfalls and 100ft tall ice walls were crazy but during the hike there were gates that were open for all to get up and close with these amazing spectacles!!

Beautiful area for hiking. Lots of opportunities to put some mileage on your hiking shoes! I’d recommend carrying crampons in the winter, as there can be icy patches throughout the ranch’s trails. I’ve never been here in all the time I’ve lived in Calgary, but I’ve used it 3 days in a row, and logged 35 kilometres! I can’t wait to see it in the summer, and the river has thawed!

Good photography walk. Lots of deer, beaver, and birds.

on Glenbow Ranch Trails

1 month ago

Great trail system close to home, great biking and hiking opportunities. Great views of the river and railway... Depending on the time of year you'll also see the cows grazing in the fields.

Great for snowshoeing, beautiful

Took the snowshoes made the east end of Sulphur a bit easier to walk. Beauty day Jan 15

on Ptarmigan Cirque

1 month ago

nice scenery and outstanding view at the top

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