Explore the most popular scenic driving 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.

walking
12 days ago

Great for date night ❤️ nice and easy.

hiking
1 month ago

Such a pretty and peaceful hike. Great for those with less stamina or if you'd like to fit in a little hike. We were there before 10 AM and did not see one other person. Even though the trail was somewhat ice, it is completely flat, so was easy to traverse.

hiking
1 month ago

Today we spent an amazing 5 hours on this trail. With a fresh snowfall the night before we trudged through 6-8” of fresh snow. The trail was so peaceful. Easy hike just long one. I would recommend this trail with the fresh snow.

One of the most scenic routes of the world!
Definitely worth stopping at several lakes or view points like Bow lake, Peyto lake and many other small lakes.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a decent trail though it is rather narrow. It's almost entirely through thick bush and is extremely buggy in early summer. I used this trail to try out some new hiking gear - rain jacket, gaiters and pack, before heading off to bigger trails. There is a point at about half way where the trail opens up into a large meadow with a tributary which was really nice. It was rainy that day but on a clear day the view would be even better. This trail is great if you have a few hours to knock out a nice day hike. Just don't forget the bug spray!

Nicest road ever

This is too long to hike

hiking
3 months ago

Very easy and flat. Short hike and not much for views. See a bit of the river at points.

Usually pretty low traffic on this trail, due to length I suspect. Common to see bison and moose. Bug spray highly recommended for this trail.
Have done this trail in winter and run into serious drifts along south end of Flyingshot Lake, about 500 meters of fence posting through it as I didn’t bring snowshoes, rest of trail seemed fine.

walking
3 months ago

This was such a sweet little walk through the forest with lovely views of the bow river

3 months ago

Boring. Great for toddlers or senior citizens but if you're younger than 65, it's boring. Well maintained, flat with little rocks or roots to worry about tripping. Wind was up so mosquitoes weren't a problem for me but can see how others have noted due to marsh lands.

One of the most fulfilling and breathtakingly stunning drives of my life. A memory from 2016 I will always cherish.

Avoid. Pretty scenery, but now have 30 new mosquito bites from what was less than an hour.

One of the most beautiful drives with plenty of stops and activities throughout.

hiking
4 months ago

Very easy trail. We saw bisons, moose, deer, different birds.

hiking
5 months ago

A good walk through the woods; as it’s a longer trail, there wasn’t much traffic and it was wonderfully peaceful. There were definitely some muddy patches. There were bison along the way, and plenty of signs that there were many more nearby. Bug spray was a must; even being bathed in DEET, I still needed bug netting over my head for the last 4km or so.

scenic driving
5 months ago

One of the most scenic drives in all of Canada.

States on the board an hour walk. It took us 20 mins. It’s a nice river side walk. Very easy!

walking
6 months ago

Good but too many mosquitoes in late summer

road biking
6 months ago

Did this pkwy (+Bow River) over 4 days on my cyclocross bicycle. Started in Banff and finished in Jasper, staying at Morraine Lake Lodge, Num Ti Je lodge, Glacier lodge and Jasper Park lodge. Phenomenal ride. If you think the scenery is gorgeous in a car, plan doing it on a bike and enjoy a trip of a lifetime. Even Sunwapta Pass was enjoyable (looking back!).

trail running
6 months ago

Lots of water in early spring. Decent chance to see bison and moose.

6 months ago

Fun! good warm up!

Take the guided hike on Athabasca Glacier. It is awesome. Dress warm and tread lightly. Glad they gave us crampons. My profile pic is of my wife and me on this glacier.

In winter it’s
Not very scenic

scenic driving
9 months ago

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

Saturday, September 23, 2017

A cool forest setting; we cut through and walked along the vermillion lakes.

walking
Friday, September 15, 2017

Good biking trail, mainly forest and streams. Saw Elk and Woodpeckers.

hiking
Friday, September 01, 2017

16km of woods... the odd opening. I didn't see any wildlife other than birds. I found the hike very boring. It's mostly flat however, but I suggest you wear pants as parts of the trail are grown and there's lots of thorns.

hiking
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

This was my first time going to Elk Island, I really enjoyed this trail! It is long but with very little elevation. The weather was very hot that day so I started the hike around 8 am, in hopes that the cooler morning temperature would have some of the Bison/wildlife on the move. Turns out that was the right way to go, just driving to the trail head there were a lot of bison walking along the fence that borders the highway, I stopped and got some great pictures there. Later on the trail I came face to face with some more bison! The bogs/marsh areas were mostly dry so it was easy to get around them, and the bugs were also at a minimum. It was a great day!

hiking
Monday, August 14, 2017

Nice hike, long but not too challenging. We saw a few wild buffalo and deer which was super exciting!

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